Every year when March rolls around, advocates and allies of human trafficking survivors celebrate the Little Black Dress Project, or LBD project. Participants of this project are encouraged to wear one black item all month long, educate their circle about human trafficking when asked about this item, and help raise funds for the organizations that help those affected by trafficking.
We wear one black item all month long for a few reasons:
Our community uses this as a month long meditation, mindfully reflecting on those who are still affected by human trafficking while focusing on how we can solve some major issues surrounding the lives and circumstances of trafficked individuals.
Our reflection can be seen as a fast. Committing to wearing this item may slightly restricts our daily lives but is minimal in comparison to the suffering of those who are trafficked.
These items may draw attention to ourselves. When others ask why we are wearing the same item all month, we have more opportunities to share the LBD Project and explain that it is meant help heal the lives of those who are trafficked.
If you feel led to engage in this campaign, wear one black item every day for the rest of this month. This item can be a black bracelet, a pin, a scarf, or any item that you can easily wear every day. When others notice this item, share a fact about human trafficking with them, or tell them one way they can help those who are affected by it.
You can find lots of facts and resources to share about human trafficking in recent posts on this blog. It is important to remember that human trafficking takes place all over San Diego due to events like SD Comic Con, major sporting events, among many other contributing factors which unfortunately attract sex buyers and traffickers. Alabaster Jar Project continues to serve the survivors of your San Diego community with a unique variety of services in order to help them rebuild their lives and sustain their independence. Please visit our Crowdrise to make a donation in honor of this years LBD Project. Every little bit counts!
If you do participate in LBD this month, please take the time to snap a picture of your black item and share it with us on Facebook. We love seeing our community get involved in our mission. Thanks and good luck!
by Amanda Moon Ellevis