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|April 5, 2014||Posted by M. P. under Policy, Technology||
Although technology allowed for the spread of human trafficking activities across mobile platforms and sites, anti-trafficking interventions are using mobile media to advocate for and reach potential victims. In March 2013, The Polaris Project, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking as well as strengthening the anti-trafficking movement, activated a mobile code to assist victims of human trafficking in locating help. This textable short code, BEFREE or 233733, puts a victim in touch with someone who can help them plan an escape from their situation and, if possible, connect them with local resources for further assistance. After a year of operation, the organization released data that indicate victims of trafficking are utilizing the text option more than the hotline (17 percent versus 9 percent). Other findings include
- nearly 75 percent of the calls referred to sex trafficking,
- 68 percent of the calls mentioned one female victim (or more),
- 8 percent of the calls mentioned one male victim (or more),
- and adults were the victims in 58 percent of the calls.
In Pennsylvania, data from 2007 to 2013 reported to the Human Trafficking Resource Center show the majority of potential trafficking situations are related to sex (74 percent), followed by labor (16 percent). Additional data on human trafficking in the Commonwealth, as well as resources for those seeking information and assistance, are available on the Polaris Project website.
Photo Credit: M. Puzzanchera (Own Work) (CC By-NC-ND 3.0)
|May 31, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, Philanthropy, Technology||
Is your nonprofit considering a mobile fundraising campaign? Advances in mobile communications technology offer innovative ways for nonprofits to share their stories and appeals with potential donors, but a recent survey shows that smartphone users continue to have privacy concerns around the use of mobile applications.
What does this mean for the nonprofit looking to take their fundraising activities mobile?
- Have a Plan B. Make certain that your organization’s website is updated and ready to accept online donations if donors are not able to use the application for any reason – from a technological bug to their own comfort level.
Have concerns about donor privacy made your nonprofit hesitant to try mobile fundraising or have these issues had little impact on your nonprofit’s use of this method of giving?
A complete version of the report is available for download on the TRUSTe.com website.