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Anti-Slavery International, was founded in 1839, and is the world’s oldest international human rights organization, and the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses. They work at local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world.

Bal Vikas Ashram is a rehabilitation center for children aged 8-14 who have been rescued from slavery in Uttar Pradesh, in northern India. The Ashram organizes raids to free children who have been taken hundreds of miles from their home villages and sold to carpet loom owners. In 2006, the Ashram carried out 19 raids and released 111 children.

Bridge to Freedom Foundation (BTFF) strives to enhance and improve the quality of life for survivors of modern slavery. It accomplishes this by fostering partnerships with for-profit corporations, community groups, academic institutions and the public. The cornerstone of BTFF’s work is found in the support and empowerment of those victims of modern slavery, through personal and professional development.

Campus Coalition Against Trafficking (CCAT) is a university student organization focused on building the anti-trafficking movement by engaging college campus and other student youth in anti-trafficking efforts in their communities and abroad. They are working toward their goal by training emerging leaders, fostering youth empowerment and raising awareness about human trafficking.

Founded in 1979, Children of the Night is dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced into prostitution. Since its inception, Children of the Night has rescued more than ten thousand American children from commercial sex trade.

Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking across Europe (CHASTE) was founded in 2004 and works with women and men who have escaped the subordination of traffickers as they recover from the deep and lasting trauma which this form of sex slavery entails. CHASTE was developed from the experience of working with those who were on the point of deportation from the United Kingdom in Immigration and Removal Centers who had been trafficked. They have developed a network of European churches to respond to the increase in human trafficking and provide survivor support.

Church Mission Society (CMS), works with abducted child soldiers in northern Uganda and with citizens who are victims of terror and war. Primarily based in the United Kingdom, CMS provides education and advocacy in churches.

Founded in 1988, The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) promotes women’s human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation. CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. They have regional networks in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a community-based worker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. Through campaigns like the Taco Bell boycott and their antislavery work, Immokalee has transformed from one of the poorest, most politically powerless communities in the U.S. to become an important public presence.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Established in 1998, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) has been a pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement in the United States and works exclusively with trafficked persons. CAST is a multi-ethnic human rights organization whose mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices. CAST has provided training and technical assistance to thousands of NGO and government personnel and represented the United States at international events on human trafficking. CAST opened the first shelter for trafficked women in the U.S. , offering a model for the development of services to victims of trafficking. CAST’s programs include Social Services, Legal Services, and Training & Advocacy and have assisted over 200 victims of trafficking in some of the most well known cases in the U.S.

Development and Education Program for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC) is a community based NGO working in Thailand on the prevention side of the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry and other exploitative child labor situations. It offers free education, vocational training and full time accommodation for young girls and boys.

The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT) focuses on how to identify victims, provide advocacy, and pursue justice for victims. FCAHT provides outreach and advocacy services to at-risk people who live and work in target areas in Southern Florida and actively participates in human trafficking cases.

Free For Life Ministries, Inc raises support for safe houses around the world that have a proven track record in the fight against human trafficking. We also provide education to physicians, churches, and the public at large with regard to the problem and scope of human trafficking around the world.

Free the Slaves battles worldwide slavery by assisting people to freedom and providing assistance to acclimate to life after liberation, by removing slave labor from consumer products and by facilitating governments to enforce their own antislavery laws.

Generacion Institute is a human-rights organization committed to the protection of street children’s rights in Peru. They provide a shelter that offers educational, artistic, recreational, and employment opportunities. They are committed to rescuing vulnerable children and teens who have been sexually exploited and offer them reintegration programs.

Global Fund for Women

A Christian based development organization based in Cambodia, Hagar aims to provide women and children from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities for recovery in readiness to pursue reintegration options through emotional, psychological and social support in secure residential environments.

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure immediate victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. IJM’s local justice professionals work in 14 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

La Strada International aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, with a focus on women in Central and Eastern Europe. The primary goal is to improve the position of women and to promote their universal rights, including the right to choose to emigrate and work abroad and to be protected from violence and abuse. La Strada refers victims to support networks in the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Moldova.

Nightlight Design is a Christian ministry based in urban Bangkok, which provides outreach to women and children exploited in the city’s sex bars. It’s main goal is to intervene when children are solicited for sex trafficking and also to provide women with job training and employment through a self-sustaining business.

Not For Sale is a campaign of individuals, musicians, artists, people of faith, businesses, schools, and sports teams united to inspire a new generation of abolitionists to fight the modern global slave trade.

Polaris Project is a leading international organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Based in the United States and Japan, they bring together community members, survivors, and professionals to fight trafficking and slavery in the spirit of a modern-day Underground Railroad.

Polaris Project Action Center is a new site by Polaris Project geared towards providing individuals with information about human trafficking, up to date news on the issue, and a variety of opportunities to take action in the anti-trafficking movement. It is a site where individuals can find out how they can make a direct impact on the lives of victims and survivors of human trafficking. We give you the tools you need to take action in your local communities and provide you with a steady stream of new ideas and ways to get involved.

Based at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, the Protection Project documents information about the scope of the problem of trafficking, with a focus on U.S. and International laws, case law, and implications for foreign policy.

The Regina Pacis Fund oversees protection programs for victims of sexual trafficking in Italy and Moldova. They offer material and psychological assistance, employment, and reintegration facilities for girls who decide to return home.

Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health. The foundation launched People for Children, a global initiative to educate, denunciate and support the international framework for the elimination of human trafficking, especially minors.

Rugmark aims to end child labor and offers educational opportunities for children in Nepal, India, and Pakistan. The Rugmark label assures consumers that no illegal child labor was employed in the manufacture of a carpet or rug.

The Salvation Army is committed to policy resources and public action against sex trafficking. It assists trafficking victims and has recently launched an international awareness campaign.

Shared Hope International works both domestically and internationally to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. They are global leaders working to both prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness. They work globally by, partnering with local groups to help women and children enslaved in the sex trade by providing them with shelter, healthcare, education and vocational training opportunities. Their ‘three-pronged strategy—prevent, rescue and restore—is producing hope’.

The Somaly Mam Foundation was is led by the vision and leadership of world renowned Cambodian activist, Somaly Mam. The foundation focuses on eradicating the root of human trafficking, through Global Awareness, Rescue and Rehablitaion, Micro Financing, Providing Sustainable Employment programs.Sankalp works with the indigenous Kol people in the state of Uttar Pradesh in north India who have survived for generations as bonded laborers with an illegal debt that can never be paid off. Sankalp helps them organize into micro-credit unions and collaborates with volunteer lawyers to acquire small-scale quarrying leases from the state and to win freedom for the Kol people.

A Christian ministry, Sojourners organizes social justice and is dedicated to building a global movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world. It collaborates with U.S. and international faith-based groups to combat poverty and the global slave trade.

Standing Against Global Exploitation Project (SAGE) is a unique collaboration between law enforcement, public health, social services, and private agencies. SAGE partners work for restorative justice that benefits individual communities and the whole of society.

A global coalition, Stop the Traffik focuses on advocacy and education to fight human trafficking. Currently over three hundred member organizations including businesses, faith groups, community groups and charities have joined Stop the Traffik.

Tiny stars aims to expose the growing multibillion dollar industry of the child sex trade and works behind the scenes alongside law enforcement to capture international child predators. Tiny Stars is also committed to educating the public and give voice to vulnerable victims.

A Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Restoration Ministries, based in Washington, D.C., helps trafficking survivors build a new support system through the body of Christ. RM provides a safe and nurturing environment for men, women and children to be restored.

The Redlight Children Campaign is a worldwide grassroots campaign that aims to reduce child trafficking and child prostitution by targeting demand through law enforcement and financial sanctions.

Vision Abolition is fighting to end sex trafficking across the world. Join the movement committed to changing lives, one person at a time.

Vital Voices Global Partnership believes in the transformative value of women’s participation in society. We invest in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic development, political participation, and human rights in their countries – and we help them build the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of global progress. Combating human trafficking is one of Vital Voices’ main focuses to protect women’s rights.

Students Stopping the Trafficking of People (SSTOP) – a student organization at Georgetown University founded in April 2004 by a small group of young women who were empowered to do something about the issue of human trafficking.

Clapham Sect: Phase II (CSP2) a community of High School student abolitionists, based in the Greater Kansas City, MO area. Please also see thegroups NING site

*Please note this is in no way meant to be a list of all the organizations working to end, or with victims of, modern day slavery and human trafficking. Therefore if you know of an organization, and would like to see them added to the list, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will be happy to put them on the list.


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