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11 Books that Support Advocacy and Education on Human Trafficking

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


It is the eve of the first of December, which means for me, the eve of Dressember, an organization I have been advocating for for several years. My friend RuthAnn is the person who inspired my involvement. I am a part of her Dressember team. We were lucky enough to have her as a guest on the podcast last November. (Listen to the episode here.) In it, RuthAnn discusses Dressember, advocacy, and some of the books on this list. In addition, this year, RuthAnn is releasing weekly storytime videos on Saturdays and will be reading aloud the three children's titles from this list, plus a bonus pick! The first one will be live on Dec 5. Check out RuthAnn's Instagram page for more information on these storytime videos and on advocacy in general.


You may be asking, What exactly does Dressember mean? Well, it means that during December, advocates wear a dress every day to raise awareness for human trafficking and modern day slavery. (Find out more about Dressember here.) During these times, it is even more important to advocate for those who have been affected by human trafficking and modern day slavery. If you would like to contribute to my Dressember campaign, you can do so here.


I consulted with RuthAnn regarding this list. Here are books whose subjects range from advocacy to actual stories from survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.


Children's Books


Michelle Markel's Brave Girl

Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth's Hands Around the Library

Peter H. Reynolds's Say Something!


Middle Grade Books


Aisha Saeed's Amal Unbound (Check out our discussion on this book in Episode 39.)

Joan Bauer's Tell Me

Alyssa Hollingsworth's Invisible Boy


Young Adult Books


Patricia McCormick's Sold

Tanya Lee Stone's Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Mitali Perkins's Forward Me Back to You


Adult Books


Abi Daré's The Girl with the Louding Voice

Elizabeth L. Cline's The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

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