Get Involved

With dedicated leadership and strong ties to the community, IOFA has worked to improve the lives of vulnerable youth for the past 15 years. Whether you are a student, a young professional, or a prominent leader, IOFA values input and collaboration to keep us vital in years to come.

  • If you are a professional (particularly in the areas of law, finance, human resources, or philanthropy) with a strong commitment to serving vulnerable youth, we would love to have you on our Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Alison Boak, Co-Founder/Executive Director at aboak@iofa.org.
  • IOFA is also pleased to retain an advisory board comprised of subject matter experts in a variety of fields including social work, juvenile justice, public health, and international development. For more information on the advisory board, please contact Alison Boak.
  • IOFA’s Youth Activist Committee is aimed at students or recent graduates in the Chicagoland area with a strong interest in youth activism. The Committee will host informational, fundraising, and outreach events throughout the year.

Intern

At IOFA, we are always seeking passionate interns from different areas, ranging from social work to PR, marketing and social media to join the team to help community. We see the importance of our intern’s help that will make this world a better place.

If you have the same vision as us and interested in information about becoming an IOFA Intern, please email  info@iofa.org.

10 Ways You Can Help Fight the Trafficking of Children & Youth

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

1.  RAISE FUNDS to support IOFA’s work. 

Donate funds! Did you know that a large portion of funds supporting the anti-trafficking movement come from private donors?
Host a fundraiser – big or small! Host a cocktail party, brunch, BBQ or other event at your home.  Join a host committee of an IOFA fundraising event.
Donate your birthday or another special occasion to IOFA! Ask your friends and family to make a donation to IOFA in your name.  Contact aboak@iofa.org for more information.

2. VOLUNTEER your time.

Volunteer for IOFA or another anti-trafficking organization.
Offer your professional services to IOFA or another anti-trafficking organization.
Consider joining a board (junior, advisory, governing board) of an anti-trafficking organization. Contact aliboak@me.com for information on volunteering for IOFA.

3.  PARTICIPATE in events/activities.

Contact IOFA at aboak@iofa.org to learn about events and activities in your area.

4.  RAISE AWARENESS in your social network.

Talk to your friends and family about the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in your community.
Dedicate a book club meeting to the topic of human trafficking.
Like IOFA on Facebook or Twitter #IOFA1
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.
Host an event to watch and discuss a documentary on child trafficking (We recommend What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am, produced by ECPAT-USA and available on YouTube).

5.  CONTINUE TO LEARN about the issue.

Visit www.traffickingresourcecenter.org to learn more about human trafficking.
Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news.

6.  CONTACT your legislators.

Tell them you support funding for the Safe Harbour Act and services for survivors of trafficking.
Encourage them to support bills which strengthen the abilities of social service providers and law enforcement agencies to respond to the survivors and perpetrators of human trafficking.

7. BE A CONSCIENTIOUS CONSUMER

Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

8.  PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS

Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

9.   PURSUE A FELLOWSHIP

If working in the anti-trafficking field interests you, but you aren’t ready to commit to anything long-term, apply for a short fellowship instead. There are many programs—anywhere from a few months to a year or longer—that will give you firsthand exposure in the fight to end human trafficking. The Not For Sale Campaign and Polaris Project both offer fellowships that allow you to play an integral role in their work.

10.  SAVE 888-373-7888 IN YOUR PHONE.

This is the number of the hotline at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center sponsored by the Polaris Project. Save it on your cell phone. The line is manned 24/7, with multiple language interpreters available. Victims can also text BEFREE (233733) to be immediately connected to the NHTRC.

Report instances or suspicions of human trafficking.

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A special day for trafficked and exploited youth who participated in a therapeutic retreat at Endeavor and Westmore… https://t.co/fm9K8C5Hra

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Contact IOFA

IOFA
53 West Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1357
Chicago, IL 60604
T: 773.404.8831
E: info@iofa.org