Monday, July 30, 2018

5 Charities Fighting to End Human Trafficking

Did you know that more than 21 million people around the world are victims of forced labor? According to the International Labor Organization, this number accounts for men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking for work or sexual exploitation.

Each year, July 30 marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This is a day set apart by the UN to raise awareness of this issue and bring attention to this staggering statistic. In honor of this important day, Charity Navigator is sharing a list of five highly-rated charities that working to rescue victims of human trafficking and provide opportunities for them to reintegrate into society.

Agape International Missions
Rescuing, restoring and reintegrating survivors of trafficking and preventing the cycle of exploitation

Agape International Missions (AIM) was founded on the ground in Cambodia in 1988 to provide humanitarian aid and plant churches. In 2005, AIM’s ministries took on a new focus: ending child sexual slavery in Cambodia. The UNICEF estimates that more than 1 million children are forced into the sex trade every year. Many of them come from Cambodia. AIM takes a holistic approach to fight trafficking, restoring victims, and transforming communities to defeat this unthinkable trade. The AIM Restoration Home opened in 2006 as a safe haven for rescued girls to heal and rehabilitate. 

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
The world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally

Coalition Against Trafficking Women (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide. CATW is the world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally and is the world’s leading abolitionist network. Founded in 1988, the organization is known as a policy and education leader at the local, regional, national, and international levels. They provide victims services and prevention programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and North America. Recognized as a global leader in the fight against trafficking, CATW contributed to the Palermo Protocol, the world’s most recognized legal instrument on human trafficking.

For a world without slavery

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. The organization systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Their comprehensive model puts victims at the center of their work -- helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Since 2007, Polaris has been involved in responding to more than 31,000 instances of human trafficking in the United States. The organization has also been involved in training nearly 80,000 individuals to stop trafficking by identifying the signs and understanding the appropriate reporting structures. And, they have drafted more than 127 anti-trafficking bills in the United States at the state and federal levels.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
A survivor-centered approach to ending slavery

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is working to put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking through comprehensive, lifesaving services for survivors and a platform to advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. Over the past two decades, CAST has supported thousands of survivors through every phase of their journey to freedom from counseling, to legal services, to housing, education and leadership training, and mentorship. CAST has helped empower survivors to overcome their traumatic pasts and become leading voices in shaping policy and public awareness to ultimately put an end to the fastest growing criminal enterprise of the 21st century.

End child trafficking and exploitation

Love146 is an international human rights group that is working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention programs. Love146 imagines a world without trafficking and believes it is possible. The organization is bringing attention to this heartbreaking issue and growing a movement to end child trafficking, while providing effective, thoughtful solutions.

You can find even more highly-rated organizations using Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature. Give them a try today!

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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  1. I love to give and for years and years have done so, until I started researching salaries of those that run the charities. EXORBITANT is the word. Some make in the millions most over 350 thousand - this is per year! Where can a person give? Even the pastors of mega churches! are rich. Let them give of their own money! I am a retired senior with very little savings and live on Social Security. The Bible teaches us to bring the tithes into the warehouses. Help me understand.

  2. Hello Pamys. Look for the charities that donate 100% of what you give, to their cause. There are plenty out there that pocket some of the donation for sure. But there are also ones that will put all your money to the cause. :) I am going to find one to donate my proceeds to for the blankets I make if you ever want to purchase a blanket for a loved one. I will ensure your funds were to go to a charity that only used your funds for the cause. I will have them up and ready for purchase from my healing religious website next year hopefully in the Spring. Right now the site is down for maintenance as I finish a book I am writing and setting it all up. But it is

    With Care,


  3. Well said. I totally concur. I find small charities doing big work with low salary leaders. They need my help.