(This page is a work-in-progress, and if you happen to find a link that does not work, or you have a link to an organization that you think should be included here, please let me know. The description below each link is a direct quote from that organization’s website.)
Most of the following links are found in the back of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It. Others have been added. In the paragraphs leading up to this list of groups who are involved in the abolition of modern-day slavery, Batstone writes:
The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the extraordinary pieces of ancient wisdom literature. The author beautifully expressed the desperation of the powerless: “I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed — with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power” (Eccles. 4:1).
In our world today, 27 million individuals live as slaves. Frankly, power is on the side of the oppressors at the moment, but a wave of abolitionists is on the rise. They will wipe away the tears of the oppressed and deliver justice to the oppressors.
The movement gains momentum each time a new individual joins. If you are unsure what you can do, offer your time, talent, and money to one of the following groups.
Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses. We work at local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world…
Campus Coalition Against Trafficking members are fighting on the frontlines of the anti-trafficking movement! We raise awareness, advocate for strong federal and state anti-trafficking legislation, fundraise, and build the movement to stop modern-day slavery.
We also work to build the anti-trafficking movement by recruiting more CCAT members and supporters and collaborating with the Not For Sale Campaign, Slavery Still Exists, Red Light Children, Free the Slaves, The Thailand Project, and Anti-Trafficking International.
Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. We are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. Since 1979 we have rescued girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. And we provide all programs with the support of private donations.
CHASTE Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking Across Europe is a charity which actively works for the global eradication of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, the provision of practical care and support for those who have been trafficked, and the suppression of demand which drives the supply of women and the girl child into the sex markets of Europe.
CMS is an evangelistic mission working to see a world transformed by the love of Jesus. We are inspired by the hope that one day the whole of creation will be restored to a living, loving relationship with God. Born in 1799, in the crucible of the campaign to abolish slavery, CMS has always had justice and evangelism at its heart.
Today we are a community of people in mission working in over 50 countries, directly supporting more than 700 people and drawing thousands more into local mission wherever they are. CMS is a community that has heard God’s call to join in his loving outreach to the world and has rolled up its sleeves to serve others in mission.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms. Founded in 1988, CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. CATW obtained Category II Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989.
The CIW is a community-based worker organization. Our members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.
We strive to build our strength as a community on a basis of reflection and analysis, constant attention to coalition building across ethnic divisions, and an ongoing investment in leadership development to help our members continually develop their skills in community education and organization.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), established in 1998, 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 and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
DEPDC is a non-profit community based NGO working in Thailand on the prevention side of the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry or other exploitative child labour situations. It offers free education, vocational training and full-time accomodation for young girls and boys in an effort to achieve these goals.
The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT) is an entity within The Immigrant Rights Advocacy Center, Inc. (IRAC) a non-for-profit corporation, 501(c)(3) since May 17, 2004. The organization was created in 2004 by Anna Rodriguez, who has extensive experience in how to identify victims, provide advocacy, and understand how to pursue justice for victims based on her experience in law enforcement, assistance for prosecution, and active participation delivering the human trafficking case law.
Free the Slaves liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.
We use world class research and compelling stories from the frontlines of slavery to convince the powerful and the powerless that we can end slavery.
We must end slavery.
In 1994, Pierre Tami and his wife Simonetta launched Hagar in Cambodia. A visionary leader creating a compelling response to the plight of poverty, injustice and hopelessness. With a dream to provide hope, life skills, employment and income for vulnerable women, and care and education for children at risk, Pierre Tami is calling for a holistic and empowering approach that puts valued-based social concerns alongside economic issues.
Hagar has assisted severely disadvantaged women, mothers and children who had been abused and trafficked. Hagar’s creative and innovative social enterprises have also been recognized as a leading best practice for successfully providing former victims access to financially sustainable opportunities and reducing the risk of further abuse and exploitation.
International Justice Mission 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 officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.
The International La Strada Association is a network of nine independent human rights NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic,
Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
It 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.
Nightlight is a ministry in urban Bangkok which reaches out to women and children working in the bar areas of Nana/Sukhumvit. Located in a neighborhood with a growing sex trade, Nightlight’s vision is to share the Light of the world in both word and deed to those who live in darkness.
Not For Sale is a campaign of students, entrepreneurs, artists, people of faith, athletes, law enforcement officers, politicians, social workers, skilled professionals, and all justice seekers, united to fight the global slave trade.
Not For Sale aims to educate and mobilize an international abolitionist movement through the innovation and implementation of open-source activism. Inside the United States, the campaign identifies trafficking rings and collaborates with local law enforcement and community groups to shut them down and provide support for the victims. Internationally, the campaign partners with poorly resourced abolitionist groups to enhance their capacity.
Every single person has a skill that they can give to free an individual living in bondage.
(This is a direct link to a page that lists the organizations that Not For Sale is working with internationally.)
Polaris Project’s vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.
The Protection Project is a human rights research institute based at the Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Founded by Laura Lederer in 1994 to address the issue of trafficking in persons as a human rights violation, The Protection Project focuses on the promotion of human rights values throughout the world. Of particular importance to The Protection Project is the protection of human security, especially women’s and children’s rights; fostering of civil society and NGO development through capacity building and coalition building; enhancement of the rule of law by encouraging citizen participation in the political process; advancement of human rights education; and elimination of trafficking in persons.
The Regina Pacis Fund is carrying out protection programs for victims of sexual trafficking through projects in Italy and Moldova. It offers material and psychological assistanct, employment, and reintegration facilities for girls who decide to return home. (from Not For Sale)
The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 300,000 children. This has to end, and it will.
RugMark is the international nonprofit organization devoted to building schools, programs and opportunities that give children back their childhoods by ending child labor in the handmade carpet industry in South Asia.
The Salvation Army believes that all abuse and exploitation of human beings is an offense against humankind and against God. Due to the inherently abusive and exploitive nature of human trafficking we consider all forms of trafficking in persons abhorrent. Combined with our mission to preach the gospel of Jesus and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, these beliefs motivate us to work diligently for the prevention of human trafficking and for the restoration of trafficking survivors.
In the fall of 1998, while still a member of the U.S. Congress, Linda Smith was traveling on Falkland Road in Bombay, India, the location of one of the worst brothels in the world. The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled Linda to found Shared Hope International (SHI), a non-profit organization with the mission of rescuing and restoring victims of sex trafficking.
Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.
The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project—or the SAGE Project—is a nonprofit organization with one primary aim: bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC). We at SAGE contribute to that goal by raising awareness about CSE/CSEC issues, and by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors.
SAGE is a unique collaboration between law enforcement, public health, social services, and private agencies. Our approach is collaborative as well as prevention and solution oriented; it’s about restorative justice that benefits individual communities and the whole of our society.
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global movement working to combat the fastest growing global crime, people trafficking. Around the world men, women and children are being treated as commodities—something to be bought, sold, and enslaved.
STOP THE TRAFFIK has more than 1000 member organisations in 50 countries & a grass roots following of ordinary activists around the world. Some of us sign petitions, wear symbols of the campaign, spread the message, and some of us show our support through adapting our lifestyles.
We believe that when people act things change.
Tiny Stars is committed to exposing the growing multibillion dollar industry of the child sex trade and is working behind the scenes alongside law enforcement to capture international child predators. It also aims to educate the public to the magnitude of the commercial child sex trade industry and give a voice to vulnerable victims. (from Not For Sale)
World Vision seeks to follow Christ’s example by working with the poor and oppressed. As a child-focused organization, World Vision works to strengthen policies to protect children who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. We focus our advocacy efforts on four specific child protection issues: child soldiers, sexual exploitation of children, child survival, and child labor.