The Junior League of Pensacola’s Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a human trafficking and poverty awareness and fundraising campaign that underscores our efforts to end human trafficking in our community and nationwide.
Did you know…
- Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion every year
- Women and children make up 80% of human trafficking victims
- Florida is the 3rd highest state in human trafficking and I-10 is a hub for human trafficking
Women across Pensacola wear the exact same little black dress (or black outfit) for 5 days in a row as an attention grabber and conversation starter. By wearing a button that reads “Ask me About my Dress,” advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers to raise awareness about the very real existence and effects of human trafficking in our community, along the I-10 corridor, and nationwide.
How can you help? See something, say something.
Reporting suspected cases of human trafficking:
Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
U.S. Department of Justice: 1-888-428-7581
LBDI began as the 2017-2018 New Member class project. In conjunction with the organization A21, we raised funds to help furnish a brand-new transition house for victims of human trafficking to help them get back up on their feet. All funds raised go toward A21 Pensacola, the local chapter of a national group that focuses on Human Trafficking. More information at A21 Pensacola.
T-shirts were made as an alternative to wearing a little black dress for the week of the event. Maybe you can’t wear a dress at work? Maybe your male co-workers, friends, and allies want to participate, too? This is how they can! All proceeds from shirt sales went toward LBDI and A21 Pensacola.
Participants received an LBDI button to wear each of the five days and spread the word about the campaign through social media using #JLFightsHumanTrafficking #JLPensacola #LBDI.