Goal: Develop a Media campaign to educate vulnerable workers about their rights and access to help to address labor trafficking.


Create a social media artifact that tells the truth about labor trafficking. For our purposes, a “Social Media Artifact” may include an original image, infographic, meme, GIF, short video, post with links to websites or hashtags, etc. and should be aimed at a specific audience with the goal of preventing or responding to labor trafficking.  All SM Artifacts must connect viewers to a source of help, such as the National Human Trafficking Hotline, text, relevant website, etc.


Deadline to submit October 10th, 2019 to and post on social media. 

Award celebrationUN Gala at the Costa Mesa Country Club. 

Prize: The winner will get one ticket to the event and $150



All SM Artifacts must be original. Using quotes, facts, data, etc. is acceptable and encouraged, but the sources must be properly cited, and you must create a new, original design or way of presenting the information.  Re-posting or simply copying an image does not count. 


Please consider:

  1. Identify a specific audience that the post is aimed at influencing.
  2. Determine the outcome you desire.
  3. Decide how the SM artifact can lead to further action (ie. call a hotline, research, buy fair trade, etc)

Any photographs of people must be used with proper permission, as well as respect and consideration of the identity of the person represented, in light of the sensitive topic. (E.g. an image of a survivor should not be used without their permission, or represented in a negative, disempowered way, stock photos must be paid for, and original photos must have the written consent of the model. Please use a waiver if you need any consent. Please also use @unaocc #endhumantraffickingcompetition)


A copy of the Social Media Artifact should be sent to . No later than October 10, at 11:50 pm and posted on a social media platform in order to be consider also for the People’s award.


SM Artifacts will be judged/graded based on:


  1. Potential impact on vulnerable or influential audience.
  2. Creativity, Appeal, and Style.
  3. Authenticity and accurate portrayal of the issue as we know it. 



Regional competition sponsored by the United Nations Association of Orange County.  


The UNA is supporting this media campaign that will utilize social media as well as printed posters (displayed in public transportation and business establishments) to create awareness of human trafficking and labor exploitation, the National Human Trafficking hotline, and others resources for help. A competition will be held and completed until October 2019, to encourage youth to create original images, memes, GIFs, short videos, hashtags, etc. with information about labor trafficking.  


A committee of UNA leaders, Professors and Practitioners, will review the submissions and award $150 to the Judges favorite. The winner will be announced and displayed at the UNA-OC Gala on October 19, 2019 in Costa Mesa Country Club, CA. The winner will be invited as guest to attend the Gala. The winning content will be translated into the majority California languages including English, Spanish, Chinese (Madarin and Cantonses), Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, and Arabic and/or Persian. They will then be used on social media channels of all the participating partners, as well as printed and posted in relevant public spaces, to create greater awareness of labor trafficking. 


A second prize of $100 will be awarded to the “People’s Favorite” based on voting. The People’s award will be announced on December 1st 2019 based on impact and momentum in Social media to celebrate Human rights day.  



Ruthi Hanchett: Has been a leader in the field of children’s and women’s rights, human trafficking, and gender equality for over a decade. While working for World Vision International, she regularly represented the organization to global political leaders, the UN Human Rights Council, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Girls Education Initiative, and the NGO Advisory Council on Violence Against Children. One of her favorite responsibilities was enabling children and youth around the globe to speak out for justice. Ruthi currently serves on the board of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, teaches as an adjunct professor, and coaches Vanguard’s Live2Free student-teams, which speak on human trafficking in local middle and high schools. Ruthi often lectures and speaks on issues related to human trafficking, as well as mentors survivors of human trafficking in her local community. Ruthi is a volunteer with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, a wife, and mamma to two little girls..

Veronica Herrera: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).  Her research interests focus on violence against girls and women, and the impact of exposure to family and community violence on youth risk behavior. Her current research examines risk and protective factors associated with substance use in Hispanic and Native American youth. Her new research project examines the nature and extent of labor trafficking in Orange County, CA. This project will interview victims of labor trafficking, local community organizations that provide services to this population, and law enforcement agencies responsible for responding to this problem.

Bonni Stachowiak: Has the privilege of speaking with exceptional educators on a weekly basis, as the host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Since 2014, her podcast has provided a space to explore the art and science of being more effective at facilitating learning. Teaching in Higher Edalso explores how to improve our productivity, so faculty can have more peace in our lives, and be even more present for our students. Bonni is the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Vanguard University of Southern California. She’s also an Associate Professor of Business and Management and teaches a few times a year in an Educational Leadership doctoral program. She’s been teaching in-person, blended, and online courses throughout her entire career in higher education. Bonni and her husband, Dave, are parents to two curious kids, who regularly shape their perspectives on teaching and learning.

Stephanie Taylor, MSW is the Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Services Program (TSA-ATS) in Orange County. She serves as part of the core leadership team for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). Taylor works with the United States Department of State International Visitors Delegation, providing trainings on current best practices in Orange County addressing human trafficking to delegates from countries around the world. Through a grant awarded by California Office of Emergency Services Stephanie travels throughout the state providing trainings to law enforcement and victim advocates on identifying victims of human trafficking, along with best practices in serving victims of human trafficking after they have left their trafficking situation. In addition to her involvement on a county level, her current work at The Salvation Army Anti Trafficking Services includes supervising a team of case managers and graduate level interns in providing holistic, culturally informed, comprehensive social services to human trafficking victim-survivors, as well as providing trainings, mobilizing faith-based communities and key stakeholders on how they can fight human trafficking. She also works as an Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University teaching the importance of holistic after-care services to human trafficking victim-survivors.

Isabel Treidl: Is the UNA OC Director of Young Professionals and member of the National Council UNA -USA; she also serves as Chair of Young Professional (YP) at the Southern California Division, and is currently Chair of YP and Education at Orange County Chapter. Since she was young, Isabel has been motivated by social issues and has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives. During college, she participated in several conferences, seminars and national publications that spearheaded the development of cheaper prosthetics to replace the knee. She worked with the Colombian Army to help veterans who had lost their limbs due to land mines. She won local and national awards for biomedical research and entrepreneurship. In 2008 she received a scholarship from the Inter-American Development Bank National Young Entrepreneurs Award for a cultural mission to China in order to enhance her entrepreneurial skills. In 2009 she started working as a consultant and developed projects for the Colombian Government and private companies, and became a member of In-Nove, a Latin American consulting firm. Isabel Treidl has a bachelor’s degree in Product Design Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration.  she is an administrator certified by the Community Care Licensing Division to work with developmentally disabled people in California.

Daniel Sutko; Has a Ph.D and is an Assistant Professor and California State University Fullerton in the Department of Human Communication Studies. His areas of specialization include: Digital media studies, critical-cultural theory, and communication technologies.