Tabula Rasa

If you missed our BIG announcement last month, we now go by a new name – NHFI (which stands for New Hope Foundation International).

Come check us out at our new virtual home here at and connect with our updated social media pulse @nhfintl. (Please excuse the minor construction still happening with our site, as we are still working out the kinks!)

As fresh as it is to start a new school year with a tabula rasa, it also becomes the perfect canvas to start filling it up with new meaningful and inspirational info (of which I have no doubt is already starting to build up as we speak!).

That said, here are September’s top 7 nationally recognized commemorative days/weeks that believe or not have some tie to trafficking.

Curious?  Let’s check them out!

Sept 5th – 10th is National Suicide Prevention Week, where the correlation between those who experience suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, or have committed suicide and are victimized by trafficking is extremely high.

How can you gauge whether or not someone is at risk for being suicidal?

With this clever mnemonic: IS PATH WARM?

Ideation Substance Abuse; Purposelessness Anxiety Trapped Hopelessness; Withdrawal Anger Recklessness Mood Changes

If this type of behavior is observed, please seek help.  Some available resources are:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
RED NACIONAL de Prevencion del Suicido: 1-888-628-9454
Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada: 1-877-885-HOPE (4673)
Office of Suicide Prevention – State of Nevada
You Are Not Alone Network

Sept 11th is a date etched in our memory banks forever. It’s one of those days where we’ll never forget exactly where we were and what we were doing at that dreadful, fateful moment.

Nationally, it’s heralded as Patriot Day and National Day of Service & Remembrance. Patriotism is defined as a “love for or devotion to one’s country.”  However, there are a bevy of ways in which patriotism is exploited – with trafficking being one of them.  Our numbers may not seem high compared to other countries in the world, but the crude reality is we are a nation that is a source, destination, and transit point for trafficking our own American citizens, in addition to, foreign nationals.

Sept 12th is the National Day of Encouragement.  So we suggest sending out some hope this day to your peeps. The best form of encouragement for those formerly victimized by trafficking is to be an exceptional listener.

Great healing can come from the simple act of listening compassionately.

Don’t we all just need to be listened to? Without judgment, without trying to fix anything, but wholeheartedly, openly, and lovingly?

Poor listening rejects. Good listening embraces.

Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows? – Joel Osteen

Go out and encourage not only today, but make it a lifelong daily habit!

Sept 15th – Oct 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month with this year’s theme being “Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future.”  The Hispanic population in America make up 17% or 55 million people.  Sadly though, a whopping 56% of labor trafficking victims, according to a 2013 US Department of Justice report, were Hispanic.  And Hispanic victims of sex trafficking were the third largest ethnic population impacted at 24%.

In response to the “Building Our Future” portion of this year’s theme, we, the a community as a whole, should assist in creating a thriving future for the Hispanic community, one in which prevention against the exponential growth of human trafficking is stunted and attacked at its roots.

Sept 18th is National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness DayVictims of sex trafficking are suffering a very real and serious risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and in turn, spreading the virus to others.  More than 1.2 million people in America are living with HIV and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.  For more info and resources, visit

Sept 21st is International Day of Peace with this year’s theme being “Building Blocks for Peace.”  Imagine literally building blocks of streets, city sidewalks, barrios, ghettos, suburbs, with conversations of forgiveness and making amends…with conversations on respect…with conversations on appreciating and celebrating diversity…with conversations of hope and dreams for the future.  Imagine…

Yet sadly, peace is still a far-fetched idealistic concept that a majority of the world has not adopted.  Nor is it an idea that victims of trafficking can muster up in their own mind when all around them there is distrust, disgust, and dishonor.

Let Peace begin with you!  And let it work through you.

Sept 29th is National Coffee Day.  Say what?!  How does this day relate to trafficking, you say?  Well, as you’re sitting here drinking your cup of joe, can you confidently say where those beans came from?  Are they fair trade? Or labored from the backs of children, men and women who are enslaved?  Check out the investigative report on coffee here.  Just a little something to sip on…

coffee2And there you have it! A living example of how to work trafficking into pretty much any aspect of life!


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