Sharing resources and examples of how design can be used in the fight against trafficking.

Our vision

Design Against Trafficking is founded on the premise that, as a medium for social justice, design can be the catalyst in the formation of collaborations and synergies that can curtail modern day slavery. Design students, educators, scholars, practitioners, and advocates can use the examples shared through this digital platform to inspire action, raise public consciousness, and create design interventions that support the needs of victims and communities.

Why is this important?

Sex trafficking is defined as “the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally, from major cities to rural areas. The trauma victims’ experience leads to substantial physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges.

When Places Speak

WHEN PLACES SPEAK is a photography exhibit that provides a forum for places associated with trafficking to tell their story: from places where victims are recruited to places used by purchasers to meet victims, places used by law enforcement to stop trafficking, and places where victims can transition. By starting dialogues around the places sex trafficking touches, we can shed light on the fact that it is happening here, in our neighborhoods and communities.

Recent appearances

Article by Ethan Mickelson on the When Places Speak – North Dakota exhibit

Presentation at the Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking. The placeness of sex trafficking – Imagining a world without slavery.