HOW blackout trafficking (formerly the lbd.project) WORKS

Everyone should be free.

If those words resonate with you, we believe you can do this.

If you're already in, JOIN HERE.


We invite you to join us change the world through this simple action! Below you will find our basic methodology on how to participate in Blackout Trafficking (formerly the LBD.Project). If you have more questions, be sure to go check out our FAQs page, or check out our whole section on how to navigate the LBD.Project.



  1. Register for support and guidance through the month. (Note: even if you are a Blackout Trafficking / LBD.Project veteran, you still need to make sure you register for #LBDProject2019!)

  2. Commit to wearing the same black item of clothing in March. Find some ideas here!

  3. Choose a path to bring freedom. Although it isn’t required, most people choose fundraising and creating awareness by doing the following steps:

  4. Select an anti-trafficking organization (either one of our Featured Organizations, or one of our Partner Organizations) and you can set up your own fundraising page.

  5. Lead the way by making the first donation, then ask those you know to donate $10 (or more) too!

  6. Share a picture of you in that item and/or a story or fact about human trafficking (ideally, daily) using the hashtag #LBDProject2019 or #LBDProject to let those around you know why you are wearing the same thing all the time!

  7. Be sure to let those you know at the beginning of the month and at the end of the month know why you are doing the LBD.Project. We have lots of resources (including email templates) in the media kit to make this easy! We’ve also made a path for you on how to navigate the LBD.Project, which you can out here.


What to expect about participating with blackout trafficking:

  • You don't have to know anything about human trafficking to embark on this project

  • It can be very challenging

  • You might quit

  • You will not be judged for quitting

  • You will always invited to try again if you quit

  • People will likely not donate if you don't talk about it

  • People will not donate unless you actually invite them to donate by always including a fundraising link

  • You might become discouraged when people don't "like," comment on, or donate when you share, but we have a great community online to help support you

  • Some people might unfriend you for making a stand against human trafficking (but is that a bad thing, really?)

  • You might feel "out there" and alone--but we are with you and behind you

  • You might wonder why you have so much clothing

  • You might feel inspired to donate all your clothing when you realize you don't need it

  • You might hate your little black item of clothing by the end of the month and feel like burning it

  • You will learn exactly however much you want to about human trafficking

  • You will be proud of yourself if you finish

  • You will be surprised to find out, often years later, that people were watching you

  • By making a public stand, random people eventually find you when they become aware of human trafficking and they need a next step

  • You can then invite them to be part of the next Blackout Trafficking project with you!


If we haven't answered your questions yet, and maybe even if we have, go check out out FAQs page, or our Navigate the LBD.Project page to learn more.

You can do this!

By doing this little thing together, we do something great.

Because little things can make a big difference.

Let’s bring FREEDOM! It turns out little (average) people can do big things too.