Create, Share, Empower: January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and this year young people are invited to shed light on this humanitarian crisis within a high-risk population – their peers.

#WhatIWouldMiss, a campaign sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victim of human trafficking.

Teenagers are invited to answer this question using social media. Posts must contain a statistic about human trafficking and the hashtag #WhatIWouldMiss.

A jury of representatives from anti-trafficking organizations, including President Lincoln’s Cottage, will judge all responses posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, YouTube, and Tumblr. All posts must be created by Feb. 27, 2015.

One teenager will win a spot at President Lincoln’s Cottage’s third annual Students Opposing Slavery (SOS) International Summit in Washington, D.C., and five additional teenagers will receive awards of recognition.

Join the #WhatIWouldMiss movement! Flyers, graphics, human trafficking resources, and campaign information are all available online at