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Get ready for commencement with a unique mortarboard

Hey BearGrads, you’re finishing up finals and turning in papers. You’re ready to try on your cap and gown and walk with your classmates. You’ve sent out graduation announcements to family and friends, but how will they pick you out in the crowd on commencement day?

Never fear: your mortarboard – the square, flat part of your graduation cap – is the perfect canvas for creativity. Here are some of our favorites to inspire you.

Art supplies you might need

  • Scissors
  • Markers/Pens
  • Construction paper
  • Tape/Glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Sequins
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Bear stencils

Need more inspiration?

You can find plenty of ideas on sites like Pinterest, but remember that the best designs showcase your individuality. You might even make the Missouri State Twitter feed. Be sure to add #BearGrads to your social media post.

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Catch the Chorale in the Southwest this May

Cameron LaBarr and the Chorale before the Inauguration

The Missouri State Chorale raised its profile with its performance during the Inauguration in January. These talented musicians are preparing to hit the road again for a tour of the Southwest this May. We caught up with Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies, for a preview of the Chorale’s upcoming shows.

What’s the vision behind this tour?

We’re thrilled to be traveling to the Southwestern United States this year. The Chorale tours every May, just after commencement. The tour allows for the Chorale to connect with Missouri State alumni and friends in these regions. We also connect with prospective future Bears – we’ll be doing combined concerts both in the Dallas and Amarillo areas with three of the finest high school choirs in Texas.

chorale poses for candid shot

Why did you pick these cities? When was the last time the Chorale performed in the Southwest?

The Grand Canyon is a major component of this tour. Over the past two years, we’ve really enjoyed mixing in some of the great outdoors into our travels. In 2016, we hiked 10 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina, and last year we went on a three-day safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. When deciding on this year’s tour – we wanted to find a place where few of the students have traveled – the Grand Canyon quickly rose to the top of the list. We also have strong connections in Texas. The Chorale performed at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, TX on tour in 2009 – so we’re thrilled to be back. At that time, I was working at this church, while in graduate school at the University of North Texas. To my knowledge, the Chorale has not been to New Mexico and Arizona in the past.

Chorale performs

What are you performing?

We are performing a program titled “The Hour Has Come,” which is also the name of the last work on the concert, by Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick. The concert theme deals with peace in the world and and how we might come together through empathy, understanding, and love to improve the collective human condition. Works on the program include those by: Bach, Victoria, Wykoff, MacMillan, Parker, and others. At our two Texas performances, we’ll sing “Grace Before Sleep,” by MSU alumna Susan LaBarr, ’05 and ’07, combined with the high school choirs.

There are receptions after the concerts in Norman, OK, and in Plano, TX. Please RSVP with the Missouri State Alumni Association. All concerts are free and open to the public.

RSVP for Norman, OK, or Plano, TX

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, May 20
  • Location: McFarlin United Methodist Church, Norman, OK
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Sunday, May 21
  • Location: Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, TX

Amarillo, TX

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Monday, May 22
  • Location: St. Paul Methodist Church, Amarillo, TX

Santa Fe, NM

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 23
  • Location: United Church of Christ, Santa Fe, NM

Paradise Valley, AZ

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Thursday, May 25
  • Location: Camelback Bible Church, Paradise Valley, AZ

Are there members of the Chorale looking forward to performing in their home state? 

robert gibson
Robert Gibson

Yes! Robert Gibson, graduate student in choral conducting, is from Houston, Texas and received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of North Texas. He’s certainly looking forward to seeing family and friends at our concert in the Dallas area.

Have you connected with alumni in the Southwest who might attend?

Yes – the Alumni Association has been fantastic in helping with this by sending postcards and emails to our alumni and friends living within a certain radius of our concerts. We also have a recent Chorale alumna, Dovie White, currently living and working in Phoenix, who is volunteering and attending our concert there. We’re hoping to have many alumni come out to see and experience our concert.

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A message from President Smart on budget cuts

President Clif Smart addressing budget cuts

In January and February, we learned that we should expect to receive less state funding this year than we received last year. This was not because our elected leaders are hostile toward higher education. In fact, they have told me repeatedly that they remain committed to higher education and are proud of the success we have achieved at Missouri State. Instead, funding will be cut because the state’s tax revenues have come in lower than anticipated.

To account for this, we are developing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on the Springfield campus with $7.4 million less in anticipated revenue from the state.

Core mission

I am writing to tell you two things.

First, Missouri State is strong. We have grown enrollment in 19 of the past 21 years, topping 26,000 students in fall 2016. We anticipate additional growth again in fall 2017. We have a stable leadership team who has managed budget cuts before. I am confident that we will emerge from these cuts stronger than ever.

Second, I want you to have accurate information about how the University will implement these budget cuts. I also want you to feel free to provide me with input as we develop the University’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

We began this year’s budget process by developing a set of guiding principles. Those principles included:

  • Protecting the core mission of the university — academic achievement, scholarship and student success — is paramount.
  • All units will share in budget reductions, but the levels of reductions will be strategic and reductions will not be equal in all areas of the university.
  • Enrollment growth must continue to be a priority.
  • All budget decisions will be made through a transparent process.

Budget breakdown

One of the University’s guiding principles was that we would not rely solely on increased tuition and fees to replace the budget shortfall. Guided by this principle, the Board has decided to raise tuition and fees for instate undergraduate students only by the amount of inflation. The Board and I are extremely proud of Missouri State’s ability to maintain affordability despite the budget cuts. Tuition and fee increases will generate around $3.4 million in additional revenue, leaving $4 million to be identified through expense reductions.

Budget committees across the university have worked to identify expenses to reduce or eliminate from non-academic areas. At present, expenses slated for reduction or elimination total $2.8 million. These expenses include:

  • Eliminating more than 25 staff positions.
  • Eliminating institutional support for multiple campus research centers.
  • Reducing event-related expenses by eliminating the Ozarks Celebration Festival, reducing the Public Affairs Conference by one day and eliminating summer commencement.

This leaves approximately $1.2 million in expense reductions that have not yet been identified. We recently held a campus town hall meeting at which we discussed several options to pursue in identifying the remaining cuts. Our executive budget committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to review all input received and develop its final recommendations to the Board for the fiscal year 2018 budget.

Our alumni and supporters are important members of the Missouri State community. We value your input. If you have ideas or input that you would like to be considered before we finalize the fiscal year 2018 budget cuts, please feel free to email me at President@MissouriState.edu.

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#BearGrads: Welcome to MarooNation

Congratulations on your graduation, #BearGrads.

We’re excited to welcome you into the Alumni Association, which connects more than 110,000 alumni around the world with Missouri State University.

student celebrates graduation by posing with alumni mug in front of PSU BearGraduation Giveaway

We invite #BearGrads to visit the Graduation Giveaway table during commencement week to receive a gift and to learn more about MarooNation. You can pick up your gift  during these times:

  • May 15-18: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Maroon Nation store in the Plaster Student Union (PSU)
  • May 19: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. across from the information desk in the PSU

Photos with the PSU Bear

Remember taking a picture of the PSU Bear when you first visited campus? Be sure to mark graduation with one more photo at this MSU landmark.

Visit the Bear statue outside of Plaster Student Union to get your photo taken and to receive a free commemorative print. Photos will be available from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 19.

Once a Bear, always a Bear

Wherever the future takes you, we encourage you to stay connected with Missouri State University.

Make sure you receive the monthly alumni newsletter, free copies of Missouri State magazine, invitations to alumni events and more by updating your contact information. You can also get the latest University news and connect with fellow graduates by following MarooNation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Once again, we congratulate you on your graduation and wish you all the best.

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Springfield’s college team is taking on the Tigers for Alumni Night

jake burger takes a swing
Junior third baseman Jake Burger

The crack of the bat; the roar of the crowd; the heat of a rivalry. It’s almost Alumni Night at Hammons Field and we’re inviting you to get in on the action. The Missouri State Bears are aiming for more NCAA Tournament success and looking to improve upon their Super Regional appearance in 2015. Junior third baseman Jake Burger was just named to the midseason player watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given annually to college baseball’s best player. He is considered a possible first-round choice in June’s major league baseball draft. You’ll kick yourself if you miss him as a Bear. Luckily, you can see him play in Springfield in a crucial game against rival Mizzou. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at beautiful Hammons Field. The Bears lead the all-time series against the Tigers 28-25 and look to keep the winning edge.

Grand Slam special

Get out your BearWear and warm up your voice. Grab the kids and make sure they bring their gloves – they just might catch a foul ball. Dinner plans? We’ve got you covered. Fans can enjoy a full ballpark buffet and take home MSU swag.

  • Buffet includes hot dogs, bratwurst, potato salad, chips, popcorn, lemonade and iced tea.
  • The buffet is available from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Fans can purchase buffet access, a game ticket, an exclusive MSU double-walled tumbler and a bonus ticket to one of the MSU vs. Indiana State games on May 12, 13, or 14, all for just $20.
  • Only 350 of these Grand Slam deals are available, so don’t miss your chance for an awesome evening of America’s favorite past time.

Boomer and Growl mascots pose with fans at baseball game

Buy Bears tickets

Staff ticket special

Missouri State staff can join the fun with a special opportunity. Beginning April 17 they can pick up two tickets per person and food vouchers good for popcorn and soda at the game. Bring your staff ID to the Campus Recreation business office, but don’t wait. There are just 200 tickets available, so first come, first served.

Missouri State Days at Kauffman and Busch Stadium

By the way, you can also catch your favorite MLB team with special discounts and perks this summer on Missouri State Alumni Days.

Royals fans celebrate Alumni Night at Kauffman Stadium

Cheer for the Royals with fellow Bears for Missouri State Day at Kauffman Stadium.

  • Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians
    Friday, May 5, 2017
    7:15 p.m. game time (gates open at 5:45 p.m.)

Buy Royals tickets

Cardinal fans enjoy Alumni Night at Busch Stadium

Hit a grand slam when you join fellow Bears for Missouri State Day at Busch Stadium.

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    Saturday, June 10, 2017
    1:15 p.m. game time (gates open at 11:15 a.m.)

Buy Cardinals tickets

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Haven’t been to campus for a while? Come back and catch a fun show!

Ready to revisit your college years?  Missouri State has you covered with a variety of fun entertainment options for everyone in the family this spring and summer. Dive in and find your favorite upcoming show right on campus!

Stories from Lake Wobegon with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

The creator and former host of the beloved program A Prairie Home Companion is back on stage and better than ever. Come spend the evening with this charismatic icon as he tells stories from that little Minnesota town “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

Buy tickets for Stories from Lake Wobegon with Garrison Keillor

ZZ TOP

ZZ Top bandmembers pose on railroad tracks

“That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” is heading north for this show at Hammons Hall. Forty-five years after they started they are still rocking all over the world. You won’t want to miss these legends.

Buy tickets for ZZ TOP

Julianne and Derek Hough – Move – Beyond – Live on Tour

Julianne and Derek Hough

The dynamic sibling duo is back for another exciting tour. This show is based on the elements of earth, wind, fire and water and their relationship to human beings. You won’t want to miss this exceptional event!

Buy tickets for Julianne and Derek Hough Move – Beyond – Live on Tour

Celtic Woman – Voices of Angels

Celtic Woman singing group

These singers impress with an entertaining and visually stunning show full of traditional and modern Celtic music. You are sure to enjoy a heavenly evening with this multi-platinum group.

Buy tickets for Celtic Woman – Voices of Angels

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

bill gaither band

Enjoy an uplifting evening full of favorite gospel songs with this beloved singer and his talented band. The show also includes comic relief with comedian and guitarist Kevin Williams. Bring the whole family!

Buy tickets for Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights

dancing with the stars cast

You never miss the television show – now experience it live on stage! Cast members from Season 24 reunite for ballroom, modern, and every dance in between. Get ready to see those beautiful costumes sparkle under the lights!

Buy tickets for Dancing with the Stars: Live! Hot Summer Nights

Journey

Rock band Journey

These quintessential rockers are playing Springfield for the first time since 1980! Start off your Independence Day in style with an awesome show “any way you want it.” The show includes special guest Asia.

  • When: July 3
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: JQH Arena

Buy tickets for Journey

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Speed Networking

student and alumna talking

Do you wish someone had told you how to network? Looking to connect with future graduates for your business? Now you can help current Missouri State students learn these skills and meet upcoming alumni by volunteering at a special speed networking event on campus on April 19 from 4:30-7 p.m.

This fun event is divided into two parts: speed rounds and open networking. There’s a 30 minute registration time from 4:30-5 p.m with mingling and hors d’oeuvres.

  • In the first segment students pair off with alumni and practice one-on-one introductions. After five minutes alumni are paired with new students.
  • In the second segment alumni and students have the chance to mingle casually. This gives all participants the chance to network with both working professionals and students.

Sign up to volunteer

Volunteering at this event has paid off for alumnus Ryan Cosby, ’11, whose company hired people he met at the event.

“My bank is part of a 13-bank holding company and we have found two quality hires in the process of this,” Cosby said. “If I can provide a good pipeline to our institution while also adding value to the university services, it is a win win win.  A win for my alma mater, a win for my company and a win for Springfield.”

Alumnus Zach Swartz, ’08,  recommends alumni help out even if students are in a different field.

“The students who attend are motivated and are looking for a connection.  As alumni, we often have connections across professions,” Swartz said. “We have the ability to point the undergraduates in the right direction, even if that isn’t in our firm or profession.”

In fact, alumnus Travis Liles, ’11 and ’12, says modeling professional behavior is an easy way to help students.

“It’s about creating a potential relationship with a student who is learning about networking and how to engage in the professional world. Learn about that student and don’t focus so much on yourself – that way the student learns that is the proper way to network,” Liles said.

This short event is an easy and fun way to give back to Missouri State, Swartz said.

“Just show up.  Our students are great and just want to find connections.  I have never regretted going to these events,” he said.

student and alum at speed networking

Alumni volunteer information

Check-in – 4:30 p.m.; event starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until about 7 p.m.

Location – PSU Ballroom

Attire – Business casual

For more information contact Assistant Director Alumni Activities and Alumni Relations Candice Wolf.

 

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Alumna Judith Rowland returns for induction into Public Affairs Hall of Fame

Alumna Judith Rowland completed her political science degree in 2011 and immediately began improving lives on a global scale. She works as a U.S. policy and advocacy manager for Global Citizen. This is an organization intent on fixing issues such as poverty, water sanitation and gender inequality. Rowland helped obtain more than 100 co-sponsors on the 2014 Water for the World Act. It was approved by Congress and signed by former President Barack Obama. She is being honored for her work with Global Citizen at the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame on April 7.

Judith Rowland with Michelle Obama

Starting early

What did you see as a young person that inspired you to work as a humanitarian?

My parents and my church community in Springfield taught me the value ‘loving our neighbors as ourselves.” In high school, my father helped organize a group of people from our church to travel to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. With chainsaws in hand, we worked long days through humid weather. It was moving to see people use their vacation days to help others recover and rebuild. In college, my campus ministry United Ministries in Higher Education funded my travel to Haiti to witness extreme poverty, and to learn about the work that nonprofits and businesses were doing to help communities lift themselves out of poverty.

It was on that trip that I realized that I could build my career around the goal of ending poverty.

The notion that where you are born shouldn’t impact the opportunities available to you has been with me my entire life. We rise and fall together. The world is becoming even more connected. If we want to love our neighbors we need to look beyond just our neighborhoods. My faith, my love for the world, my patriotism and the example set for me growing up in Missouri make me a global citizen.

Missouri State’s influence

Judith Rowland headshot

What professors or students inspired you while you attended MSU?

I had a very close relationship with Dr. Ken Rutherford in the political science department and Ann Fuhrman who ran Missouri State’s U.N. Depository Library. Dr. Rutherford inspired me with his stories of serving in the Peace Corps and working on landmine issues at a global level. Ann taught me the value of the United Nations system. Both helped me see that I wasn’t just an American or a Missourian but a citizen of the world.

What organizations were you involved in that helped you develop your skills?

I was really involved at Missouri State and was proud to be part of the student body cabinet, serving as director of academic affairs. I was also a member of the debate team, the Model United Nations team, United Ministries in Higher Education, and Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Alumna Judith Rowland with Global Citizen memebers

How did you get started with Global Citizen?

After I completed my masters in Development Studies at the London School of Economics, I met people working with Global Citizen and felt that I’d found a job where I could make a meaningful difference. I started working with Global Citizen in London, and then continued working with them in New York when I moved back to the U.S. in 2012.

Staying focused

Judith Rowland helping child and mom overseas

How do you keep from getting overwhelmed by all of the crises in the world?

I stay motivated by the progress that we have already made on so many issues. Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been halved. Polio cases have decreased from 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 37 last year.

We have the tools to end poverty, hunger and inequality forever. The challenge for our generation is to put these tools to use.

I’m comforted knowing that 8 million Global Citizens worldwide join me and my colleagues in the fight to end extreme poverty. Together, we stand on the shoulders of giants.

How do you stay motivated?

I’ve always been inspired by Roosevelt’s quote about the ‘man in the arena’. Roosevelt argues that the credit belongs to the man who is in the arena with a face marred by dust and sweat and blood. (He says) there is no effort without error and shortcoming. He emphasizes the value of ‘daring greatly’ and ‘spending’ oneself in a worthy cause.

There are hard days and I often felt ‘spent.’ Prayer keeps me focused on the vision of a world free of poverty. Exercise and clean eating give me the energy to continue the fight.

How to help

What are some simple ways students and alumni can improve the lives of people around them?

Becoming a Global Citizen at GlobalCitizen.org is a simple way to learn more about the issues affecting people around the world and to use your voice to call for global change. In addition, there are so many local organizations in Missouri that are transforming the lives of people across our community.

Judith is based in New York City. She has traveled to more than 80 countries. Find out more about her work at Global Citizen, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cheer on the Bears and Lady Bears in the MVC Tournaments

Join fellow Bears fans at The Hangout, the official hospitality room for Missouri State University fans, during the MVC Basketball Tournaments in March. You can enjoy the game by getting into the maroon and white spirit without missing any of the action.

  • Watch other MVC games on televisions and scope out the competition.
  • Enjoy free snacks and soft drinks plus a cash bar is available.
  • Get ready for the action with a pep rally before every Lady Bears game with Bear Mania Basketball Band, MSU Cheer Squad and the Sugar Bears.
  • Update your maroon and white with BearWear from the Missouri State Bookstore and decorate posters to show your Bear spirit.

Hoops in the Heartland

What: Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Where: The Quad Cities, Illinois at the iWireless Center

When: Thursday, March 9 – Sunday, March 12, 2017

Opening game

What: Missouri State Lady Bears vs. Evansville Purple Aces

Where: The Quad Cities, Illinois at the iWireless Center

When: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:32 p.m.

Pep rally for this game begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

The Hangout hours

Doors open three hours before each Missouri State game and pep rallies begin two hours before MSU tip-off. Find the tournament bracket here.

Located at Bierstube Bar & Grill – within walking distance of the games.

Buy MVC Tournament Tickets

Join the Facebook event

Need a ride from Springfield to see the Lady Bears?

Hop on the fan bus departing from Springfield! Time TBD depending on seeding. Roundtrip bus ride is only $60 per person. Hotel rooms will be booked for bus passengers at a 2-night minimum of $105 per night. All-session and individual game tickets are available for purchase. To sign up, please email JulieWright@missouristate.edu or call 417-836-4143.

Can’t make it to the game?

Check out the livestream on WatchESPN. Blackout restrictions may apply.

Arch Madness

The Bears advanced to the semifinals before losing to the Wichita State team that went on to win the tournament.

What: Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament

Where: St. Louis, Missouri at the Scottrade Center

When: Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5

The Hangout hours

March 3-5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Missouri State game days

Located on the main floor at the north end of the St. Louis City Center Hotel – within walking distance of the games.

Buy MVC Tournament Tickets

Join the Facebook event

Can’t make it to the game?

Check out the livestream on WatchESPN.

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Alumna helps human trafficking victims

sarah austin

As humans, we all seek love from our peers, our family and those we cherish most in life, but for many that love is not always unconditional and can come with a high price. Alumna Sarah Austin, ’05 and ’07, works with women who have come to find love as a prison instead of a sanctuary.

“There’s a common image of a typical trafficking victim that follows the issue around: A woman or girl cowering in a corner with tape over her mouth and her hands in chains,” Sarah says. “Trafficking victims often look like normal, everyday women. The chains that keep them with their traffickers are usually emotional and not physical.”

Human trafficking is a means to entice or coerce another human being into forced labor or commercial sex work. For example, forced labor might mean promising someone a job, then taking his identification and refusing to pay him. Sex trafficking could mean enticing someone into a seemingly loving relationship before exploiting him or her into prostitution. Nightlight says an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year.

Sarah studied technical and professional writing at Missouri State and earned her master’s in 2007.  She heard about a local organization that combats human trafficking at a Rotary meeting. She recognized a staff member from Nightlight, Shauna Storey, from classes at Missouri State. After hearing Storey talk about the organization, Sarah started volunteering in August and joined the staff in January 2016.

Working with victims

Working with victims is more than reaching out to women in the commercial sex industry. Sarah says it’s really about learning to love.

“I spend a lot of time figuring out how to love these women well and how to build relationships with them,” she says.

Nightlight is different from other organizations because it doesn’t make a distinction between trafficking victims and those who work in the sex industry by choice, Sarah says.

“We believe that every woman we meet is worthy of love and dignity and respect, regardless of whether they’re the victim of a prosecutable crime,” she says.

Sarah characterizes herself more as a cheerleader for these women, so “If and when they decide to pursue different work, more education, etc., we are there for them.”

She says those who are lured into trafficking are often girls who’ve grown up without unconditional love or live in homes where there is domestic violence or sexual abuse. These women develop low self-esteem and become easy targets.

“Pimps are experts at reading people and look for the girls who are lonely and vulnerable. They will groom a young woman with lots of love in the beginning of their relationship and slowly and methodically break her down. That’s one reason why it’s so hard for the women to leave; they want to get back to that honeymoon phase of their relationship. Not every moment with their pimp is terrible,” Sarah says.

You can help

As an outsider, it’s easy to believe you can’t help or miss “red flags“, but Sarah says there’s lots of resources to help you pick-up on those warning signs.

“Be mindful of recruiters that hang out where young women congregate. Recruiters for “modeling agencies” at local malls are red flags. Also be wary of contact from people you don’t know online, especially those offering too good to be true jobs, like modeling or acting gigs. Those jobs often turn into pornography work, and there are often threats to send photos or video to a victim’s family or school if the women wants to leave the job,” Sarah says.

Combating sex trafficking can be as simple as following the same rules as TSA: “If you see something, say something.”

“If you’re in a situation where something fishy is going on, I believe you’re there for a reason. It’s so easy to keep driving, turn your eyes away, or tell yourself, ‘I’m just imagining that.’ But, if you know what trafficking and the commercial sex industry looks like, if you know the red flags, you’ll start seeing at-risk people. You have to listen to your gut that’s telling you something isn’t right and do something,” Sarah says.

If you suspect trafficking you should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The hotline is staffed with connections in law enforcement who can investigate the situation and agencies who can assist the victims. You can get additional resources from the U.S. Department of State.

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