If you’ve ever considered donating to BEST, May 9 is the best day to do so because Business Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) is participating in GiveBIG, an event hosted by the Seattle Foundation whose mission is to invest in the health and future of Seattle’s communities. GiveBIG is the one time of year that your donation dollars to BEST will be doubled or even tripled. Thanks to the generosity of BEST’s Board of Directors and special donors, all gifts will be doubled, and gifts of $100 or more will be tripled, making your gift even more impactful. This year, BEST’s goal is to raise $25,000 dollars to help interrupt and prevent human trafficking, and to build a pipeline to employment for trafficking survivors. Here’s how we do this:
We Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking
BEST raises awareness about the impact of human trafficking on victims and employers. BEST provides online and in-person training to help employees recognize human trafficking and proactively prevent exploitation. Our online suite of training courses includes training for business leaders and general staff; training for managers and staff of hotels; and, in the next month, we will be releasing an online version of our Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course.
We Provide Professional Consulting for Washington's Business Leaders
BEST empowers employers to help victims and prevent exploitation through their day-to-day business operations. BEST provides free resources, including; best practices to prevent sex trafficking, an online self-assessment, and strategic advice. BEST also supports employers to develop anti-trafficking strategies, as well as how to implement workplace policies and provide internal communications. Finally, employers who wish to publicize their leadership can join the BEST Employers Alliance.
We are Creating a Pipeline to Employment in King County
A lack of alternative employment opportunities is one of the most serious barriers for people seeking freedom from a trafficker. To address this problem, BEST’s Safe Jobs project connects people who have been trafficked with safe, stable employment. BEST provides Safe Jobs employers with training and support, while working with local service agencies to connect survivors who are seeking work with Safe Jobs employment opportunities.
You can Make a Difference
Support the fight against human trafficking in Washington by joining us for GiveBIG. Simply go to our Give BIG Profile Page to schedule your donation today. For your convenience, donations can be pre-scheduled any day after April 26, but will be processed on May 9th, the day of Give BIG.