Trafficking in Persons
(See related pages: Pornography, Prostitution / Sex Industry and Sexual Violence / Assault.)
Allies Against Slavery – develops community networks that build slave-free cities. Working to that end, we: 1) engage and mobilize the community through advocacy, education and activism initiatives; 2) support and empower local survivors of human trafficking alongside our partners; and 3) coordinate the Slave-Free City Network, Austin, TX.
American Anti-Slavery Group – America's leading human rights group dedicated to abolishing modern day slavery worldwide. We work to extend the wave of emancipation to the millions of people trapped in bondage. Our efforts center around building public awareness, leading advocacy campaigns, and empowering survivors and activists, Boston, MA.
Anti-Human Trafficking, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center – provides training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC Anti-Human Trafficking grantees, promoting collaboration and communication among anti-human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals and the general public.
Anti-Slavery International – works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world, London, UK.
Anti-Trafficking in Persons, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – in October 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) made human trafficking a federal crime. TVPA prevents human trafficking overseas, protects victims and helps them rebuild their lives in the U.S. In addition, it allows for prosecution of traffickers under federal penalties. This is the first comprehensive federal law to protect victims of trafficking and prosecute their traffickers. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) program supports several initiatives in the fight against human trafficking, Washington, DC.
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition – alliance of over 40 government and non-government agencies in the United States and Mexico to combat slavery and human trafficking and protecting children from sexual exploitation, San Diego, CA.
Blue Campaign – the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
Center for Women Policy Studies – since its founding in 1972 as the nation’s first feminist policy research organization, CWPS has been on the front lines of efforts to promote justice and equality for women, Washington, DC.
Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking – the mission is to work collaboratively to increase public awareness and identification of human trafficking cases, and to provide identified victims of human trafficking with comprehensive social and medical services.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (multiple languages) – a non-governmental organization that promotes women's human rights. It works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially prostitution and trafficking in women and children, in particularly girls.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking – assists persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations, Los Angeles, CA.
Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Denver, CO.
Combating Human Trafficking Project, Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Human RIghts – has played a leading role among U.S. universities in conducting research, training, and victim advocacy aimed at combating modern slavery, Tallahassee, FL.
Counter-Trafficking, International Organization for Migration (English, Français and Español) – is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration; and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants, Geneva, SZ.
Courtney's House – committed to providing a safe space and loving home environment – in a therapeutic and emotionally healing atmosphere – for domestic sex trafficked girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Courtney's House is dedicated to the mission of ending domestic sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of all children. We focus our efforts on providing long-term group home and providing direct services, Washington, DC.
ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) – a network of organisations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
End Human Trafficking, Change.org – as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. For each of these issues, whether local or global in scope, there are millions of people who care passionately about working for change but lack the information and opportunities necessary to translate their interest into effective action. Change.org aims to address this need by serving as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time, San Francisco, CA.
Engage Together, an initiative of the Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice, Inc. – the founding leadership of the AFRJ have collectively spent decades serving on behalf of those in very great need in our world. We have poured out our lives, energies, and expertise in service to the oppressed and vulnerable in a great many capacities. And so our perspective is one that acknowledges the following truth: The evil of human trafficking did not appear overnight. It is a result – the gravest of consequences – of leaving many things undone and many issues unresolved for the vulnerable in our world and in our own communities. And we want to eradicate it. In our lifetime, we want to see the end of human trafficking and prevent it from happening in the first place. But how? We began our journey to find the answer by asking the following two questions: 1. WHAT ALL MUST BE DONE? And… 2. WHO ALL MUST BE ENGAGED? To answer these questions, we first researched thousands of efforts. And then, we built thousands of relationships with those serving in the field – across sectors – to explore what was being done, what was working well, and where the challenges still existed. What we discovered through this process was this: That both the ANSWER and the GREATEST CHALLENGE to eradicating the evil of trafficking – in the life of one individual, in a single community, or throughout an entire nation – is collaborative, strategic partnership engagement.
Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings, Europa.
Free the Slaves – ending slavery in the world today, Washington, DC.
Freedom Network (USA) to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons – ensures that trafficked persons are treated as victims and not criminals, are able to have full access to justice, including the right to full compensation and restitution from the traffickers, and are provided with access to linguistically-appropriate and culturally-sensitive, victim-centered social, mental health, medical, legal, educational, vocational and other services; increases public awareness of the crime of trafficking through education, research, training and community outreach and organizing for the purpose of preventing trafficking and supporting the rights of trafficked persons; engages in advocacy at the local, national and international levels on behalf of trafficked persons and for full prosecution of all traffickers, including corporations and their subcontractors; and develops local and national networks in the United States and to link with international networks in order to carry out these above activities.
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women – sees the phenomenon of human trafficking intrinsically embedded in the context of migration for the purposes of labour. GAATW therefore promotes and defends the human rights of all migrants and their families against the threat of an increasingly globalised labour market and calls for safety standards for migrant workers in the process of migration and in the formal and informal work sectors ~ garment and food processing, agriculture and farming, domestic work, sex work ~ where slavery-like conditions and practices exist, Bangkok, TH.
Global Freedom Center – the mission is to foster an expanded, knowledgeable and mobilized global community against human trafficking that will identify and assist more trafficked persons and develop policies and strategies required to prevent modern slavery, San Francisco, CA.
Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, United Nations – was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 parties have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children, which supplements the Palermo Convention against transnational organized crime. UN.GIFT aims to mobilize state and non-state actors to eradicate human trafficking by reducing both the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; ensuring adequate protection and support to those who fall victim; and supporting the efficient prosecution of the criminals involved, while respecting the fundamental human rights of all persons. In carrying out its mission, UN.GIFT will increase the knowledge and awareness on human trafficking; promote effective rights-based responses; build capacity of state and non-state actors; and foster partnerships for joint action against human trafficking, New York, NY.
Half the Sky – the central moral challenge of our time is reaching a tipping point. Just as slavery was the defining struggle of the 19th century and totalitarianism of the 20th, the fight to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide defines our current century. Hidden in the overlapping problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence and maternal mortality is the single most vital opportunity of our time ~ and women are seizing it. From Somaliland to Cambodia to Afghanistan, women's oppression is being confronted head on and real, meaningful solutions are being fashioned. Change is happening, and it's happening now. Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn took on this huge moral challenge in 2009 with their acclaimed best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. They encouraged readers all over the world to do the same. Now, a landmark movement ~ inspired by Kristof and WuDunn's work and also entitled Half the Sky ~ is working to amplify the book's impact. Ignited by a high-profile national television event and fueled by innovative multi-platform initiatives, Half the Sky is galvanizing even more people to join the burgeoning movement for change.
Human Trafficking, Office for Victims of Crime – works to enhance the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices in ways that will promote justice and healing for all victims. In this capacity, OVC strives to uphold the intent of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations to ensure that all trafficking victims—regardless of immigration status, gender, or form of trafficking—receive support in accessing the services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization, Washington, DC. See Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide.
Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (English, Français and Español), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative (HTC) – is a joint effort between some of the nation’s most respected state court support and education organizations sponsored by the State Justice Institute in an effort to address human trafficking in the state courts. The HTC is coordinated by the Center for Public Policy Studies, The National Judicial College, the Center for Court Innovation, the National Association of Women Judges and Legal Momentum.
Human Trafficking Resources, Ohio Department of Health.
Human Trafficking Search – an extensive web resource to provide knowledge and information about human trafficking to service providers, professors and students, advocates, law enforcement personnel and researchers. The unique multilingual website is aimed at increasing public awareness and at facilitating the elimination of human trafficking worldwide. It contains information in 14 languages, on 120 countries, and is searchable by keyword, country, organization and theme. The website contacts background and action-focused information.
I'm a victim not a criminal – child sex slavery in the US, g3nerations.
In the Spotlight – Trafficking in Persons, National Criminal Justice Reference Center, Washington, DC.
Individual Development Accounts, Office of Refugee Resettlement – are available to refugees and other special immigrant populations, including certified trafficking victims. The objectives of the IDA Program are to increase the ability of low-income refugees to save; promote their participation in the financial institutions of this country; assist refugees in advancing their education; increase home ownership; and assist refugees in gaining access to capital; Washington, DC.
Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School – focused on expanding the understanding of human trafficking and bringing this international human rights crisis to an end. The Initiative aims to create a global effort through building a network of scholars and practitioners, developing best practices, disseminating information, and conducting research. Information will be disseminated through a series of online conferences, scholarly lectures, a fellows program, and student internships. This Initiative will not only educate, but provide connections and information-sharing for anti-trafficking policymakers and future public policy leaders around the world, Cambridge, MA.
International Human Rights Law Group: Initiative Against Trafficking In Persons, Washington, DC.
La Coalición Contra el Tráfico de Mujeres, Caracas, VE.
La Strada – a non-profit organization aiming with all its activities at tackling the issue of trafficking in human beings by assisting victims, influencing relevant legislation and provision of information about the problem, Prague, CZ.
The NO Project – a global anti-slavery public awareness initiative that focuses on Demand and targets youth awareness through music, the arts, film, dance, education & social media.
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State – provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons both worldwide and domestically, Washington, DC.
Polaris – named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society. From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, we spark long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of all that we do -- helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and gathering the data to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Unparalleled expertise. Relentlessness. And an innovative spirit. This is how Polaris eradicates the slavery networks that rob human beings of their lives and their independence. Freedom happens now, Washington, DC.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center – a national, toll-free hotline (1-888-373-7888), available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC is operated by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. We are not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority, Washington, DC.
President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons – a cabinet-level entity, created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), which consists of some 14 departments and agencies across the federal government that are responsible for coordinating U.S. government-wide efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The PITF meets annually and is chaired by the Secretary of State. Agencies of the PITF have brought together leaders from government, the private sector, advocates and survivors, faith leaders, law enforcement and academia, and have made significant progress following President Obama’s March 2012 call to strengthen federal efforts to combat human trafficking, his September 2012 speech announcing a number of new and strengthened initiatives, and the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking in April 2013, Washington, DC.
The Protection Project – a human rights institute based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Founded in 1994 to address trafficking in persons as a human rights violation. The Protection Project focuses on the promotion of human rights values throughout the world, Washington, DC.
Rebecca Project for Human Rights – advocates for justice, dignity and policy reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and in Africa, Washington, DC.
Ricky Martin Foundation – advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health, San Juan, PR.
SAGE ~ Standing Against Global Exploitation – seeks to effect change on two levels: 1) in the lives of vulnerable and exploited individuals and 2) in the local, national and international community, by providing opportunities for healing and justice while challenging societal attitudes that foster ignorance and acceptance of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking, San Francisco, CA.
Seattle Against Slavery – a grassroots coalition working to make a slave-free world, one city at a time. Uniting community-based abolition activists, local and national non-government organizations, government agencies, and other coalitions, SAS seeks to raise human trafficking awareness and to mobilize the public to better advocate for victims, enhance survivor care, promote legislation to combat human trafficking, and to help service providers build capacity. Our ultimate goal is to restore dignity and value of all human beings by ending these demeaning and dehumanizing practices, Seattle, WA.
Sex Trafficking Resources For Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Tribal Coalitions – this website was created to provide tribal coalitions with quick access to information their advocates need—legal resources, victim service directories, training calendars, technical assistance, and more. Additionally, we envision this site as a place for Native women to find help when dealing with violence. Individuals can reach out to their local Tribal Coalition(s) for assistance or they can easily use our Victim Services Directory themselves. We suggest, however, that individuals contact their local tribal coalition for assistance first. A Tribal Coalition can help individuals navigate options and services, and utilizing coalition connections can increase a client's chances of receiving services or referrals immediately.
Shared Hope International – exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. We are leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness, Vancouver, WA.
She's 13! Stop Sex Trafficking – we are a group of concerned citizens who help increase awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children by uniting difference makers! Our mission is providing awareness, education, networking and resources to our community regarding all forms of Human Trafficking; especially the sexually exploitation of minors.
The Slave Route, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – three objectives: 1) contribute to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, issues and consequences of slavery in the world (Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Asia); 2) highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from history; and 3) contribute to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the contribution of new identities and citizenships, Paris, FR.
Tapestri ~ Immigrant and Refugee Coalition Challenging Gender Based Oppression – dedicated to ending violence in immigrant and refugee communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods. As advocates for refugee and immigrant families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, we are committed to using direct services, education, community organizing and advocacy to effect change in the lives of those families, Avondale Estates, GA.
Traffick911 – stop the buying and selling of America's children, Fort Worth, TX.
Trafficking in America Task Force – a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization founded in May 2011 by Marion and Yvonne Williams for the purpose of bringing education and awareness to the American population about the reality that 1) the sale of American women, men, and children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators, and 2) the forced labor trafficking of both adults and children is real in the United States of America. The Williams began their work in anti-human trafficking in 2003 when they discovered the brutality of this crime against humanity. The vision for TIATF was to help eliminate the human trafficking of people in America, and to provide a culture free of sexual exploitation and slavery, where people know their own intrinsic value. The mission was to motivate and inspire people to use their own talents to create grass roots movements in their geographic areas in relation to ending the tragedy of human trafficking in America. Ending the DEMAND for human trafficked victims was the focal point of advocacy and that meant affecting the culture in America so that the climate for such blatant inhumanity changed.
Truckers Against Trafficking – recognizes that members of the trucking industry and individual truckers are invaluable in the fight against this heinous crime. This site has been created to inform truckers and other travelers of the basic issues involved in human trafficking and a summary of ways you can help. We invite you to travel through this website and learn how you can join this worthy cause and save lives. TAT is a 505(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking by helping us put our wallet cards (and other materials) in the hands of members of the trucking industry; haring our trucking-industry-specific training DVD made part of orientation for all struck stop and travel plaza employees, all students of private and public truck-driving schools, all truck drivers employed via major carriers or owner / operators; and partnering with law enforcement to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking. And then, once equipped with both awareness of the problem and education, when human trafficking is suspected, call the national hotline, Englewood, CO.
Wellspring Living – the mission is to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through awareness, training and treatment programs for women and girls, Tyrone, GA. Read Blog.
Women Search for Justice – the purpose of this blog is to examine and discuss the issues of commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. No country and no experience are off limits.
WomensLaw.org (English / Español) – the mission is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse, New York, NY.
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