Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a press release from Middle Way House. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.
Local domestic violence shelter Middle Way House is encouraging Bloomingtonians to participate in National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Tuesday, January 11, in order to raise awareness of the more than 20 million people around the world who are trafficked for labor or sex each year.
Also known as #WearBlueDay, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day invites people across the United States to wear blue to show their support for survivors of human trafficking and bring awareness to human trafficking.
Middle Way House suggests posting a selfie with friends and coworkers on social media wearing blue, and using the hashtag #WearBlueDay. Also tag @MiddleWayHouse on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The horrific injustice of human trafficking affects people of all genders, orientations, ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, classes, faiths, and abilities. Pledge to help end human trafficking and text WearBlue to 44-321 to donate today.
Since 1971, Middle Way House has been providing services to people in crisis. Today, Middle Way House provides emergency shelter; a 24/7 help and crisis line; on-scene advocacy; support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking; transitional and permanent housing solutions for survivors and their families; legal advocacy; and education and prevention programs. Middle Way House serves six counties in southern Indiana (Monroe, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, and Owen) and relies on a staff of 70 and a committed volunteer force to provide around-the-clock response and services to those experiencing abuse and assault.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, Middle Way House is available on their confidential 24/7 help and crisis line (812-336-0846) and confidential help and crisis live chat (resourceconnect.com/mwh/chat). Middle Way House works closely with the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP) and Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP) to support survivors of human trafficking.