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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Each year, on August 23rd, the world pauses to commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO chose this day in 1998 to reflect the night of August 22nd, 1791, in Santo Domingo, which saw the first uprising against transatlantic slave trade. The hope of such a day is to “inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples,” as well as to create “collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy.” International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in Haiti and Senegal, and has continued to be commemorated across the globe. Through conversation and dialogue, this day holds an intention to create a collective memory that remembers the past as it was, instead of attempting to cover up history.

In honor of International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Charity Navigator has put together a list of highly-rated charities working to combat slavery and trafficking today, in hopes that in the near future, the abuse of human bodies will end.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking is a four-star rated charity, which has a “survivor-centered approach to ending slavery.” CAST seeks to end slavery and trafficking through supporting survivors through their journey to freedom, anywhere from “counseling, to legal resources, to housing, educational and leadership training and mentorship.”

Free the Slaves is a three-star rated charity that hopes to build “a world without slavery by demonstrating that ending slavery is possible.” Free the Slaves helps communities across the globe determine a path toward sustainable freedom, by strengthening “the capacity of grassroots organizations, government agencies, advocacy coalitions, and the media to take action.”

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a three-star rated charity that fights against human trafficking through “prevention, education, gender equality, legislation, direct services for victims and ending the demand that fuels sex trafficking.” CATW advocates for survivors’ rights and protection of victims.

International Justice Mission is a three-star rated charity that has a team of over 750 activists, investigators, social workers, and lawyers. Across 17 field offices, IJM seeks to “protect the poor from violence.” IJM partners with local justice systems to help victims of violence through rescue, restoration, restraint, and representation.

Polaris is a four-star rated charity with a three-part model used to “systematically disrupt human trafficking.” The three steps are responding to victims immediately and effectively, equipping stakeholders with the tools to address and prevent trafficking, and disrupting trafficking business through campaigns. Polaris has six primary programs through which it seeks to make change.

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