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Razoo hosts Everyone’s Kids: Everyone Gives Campaign to Fight the Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States
|By Business Wire
|March 18, 2014 01:01 AM EDT
the leading crowdfunding platform for causes, today announced the
Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign which will raise funds for
nonprofits focused on ending the sex trafficking of minors in the U.S.
The campaign originated from a TED Challenge Group that formed at TED
2013, where a group of attendees was asked to seek solutions for some of
the most intractable problems of our time, including the domestic sex
trafficking of children in the U.S. This TED Challenge resulted in the
formation of a small group of technology and media influencers dedicated
to fighting the child sex trade industry. The group established a Razoo
Giving Day to raise funds for nonprofits that combat domestic child sex
trafficking, as well as a major media campaign and national Public
Service Announcement (PSA) to raise awareness and inspire action on this
Hosted on Razoo.com, the 24 hour Giving Day will take place on September
16th, 2014 to support fundraising efforts for all registered
organizations working to end child slavery and sex trafficking in the
U.S. The campaign will be supported by a PSA created by Wondros,
a creative media company and strategic consultancy founded by Jesse
The PSA will raise awareness, and provide access to The National Human
Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline, where victims can get
assistance and individuals can anonymously report suspected trafficking.
Other campaign partners include the Knight Foundation and Getty Images.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that
there are 100,000 youths under the age of 18 forced into the commercial
sex trade in the U.S. Polaris
Project, which operates the national human trafficking hotline, has
received reports of nearly 4,500 cases of human trafficking involving
minors since 2007. Over 3,400 of these cases involved sex trafficking.
Despite these numbers, there is very little public awareness about this
issue, particularly in the local communities where it occurs. “Human
trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry. “We know firsthand that
traffickers are exploiting children, women, and men for profit here in
the United States. All of us play a role in effectively stopping this
form of modern slavery," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris
Project. "By coming together, we can substantially increase
desperately needed resources to train stakeholders, hold traffickers
accountable, and provide survivors of human trafficking with services
and support to rebuild their lives.”
Razoo Giving Days are powerful 24-hour, online crowdfunding fundraising
events that unite communities around specific causes. Razoo and its
partners will identify, educate, and onboard hundreds of nonprofits in
advance of the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Giving Day to help them
raise awareness and activate donors nationwide.
“While there are hundreds of U.S., organizations working to fight child
sex trafficking and slavery, they are battling in an under-resourced and
cash-strapped environment,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo.
“We are honored and excited to have such committed partners for
Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives. Together, we hope to have an impact on
the fight against human trafficking and slavery and end child
trafficking now and forever.”
The Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Committee includes:
Calvin, Executive Producer, Everyone’s Kids/Wondros
John Lapham, SVP General Counsel, Getty Images
Mansford, CEO Razoo
For more information or to sign up to
participate in the Everyone’s Kids: Everyone Gives Giving Day, please
Razoo is crowdfunding for causes. Named for an Australian coin of little
value on its own, until combined with many, Razoo powers small acts of
giving that together change the world. From multimillion-dollar,
community-led giving days to individuals collecting donations on behalf
of the nonprofits or personal causes they support, Razoo has helped
raise more than $200 million online – one small donation at a time.
Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is seed
funded by the Legatum Group. See how we're creating a new generation of
everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com.
Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/razoogiving.
Founded by director Jesse Dylan, Wondros draws on a powerful combination
of filmmakers, activists, innovators, policy-makers, designers and
storytellers to create content that informs culture and inspires change.
Our portfolio includes campaign development and execution for
organizations like George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, ONE,
(RED), The Getty Foundation, Rock the Vote and The California Endowment,
as well as film production for innovators such as the Clinton Global
Initiative, the Columbia School of Journalism, the Council on Foreign
Relations, MIT Media Lab and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
About Polaris Project
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against
human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star
"Polaris" that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground
Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and
communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By
successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the
National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888),
conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of
trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our
society closer to a world without slavery. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.
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