Institutions that Combat Slavery



  • The Polaris Project’s comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes operating local and national crisis hotlines, conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and housing to victims, advocating for stronger state and national anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts. Through these efforts the Polaris Project seeks to aid victims and increase awareness at both the grassroots and policy level.

    Named after the north star because of its use guiding slaves to freedom along the underground railroad, this is the organization that runs the National Trafficking Hotline (with HHS funding). They have offices in DC, Newark, Denver, LA, and Tokyo, and serve both US Citizens and foreign nationals who are victims of trafficking.

  • 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 governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. They do good work with educational outreach and help to build the modern-day abolitionist movement.

  • The International Organization for Migration is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. Because of the strong connections between slavery and migration, the IOM does a significant amount of counter-trafficking work.

  • Safe Horizon assists survivors of human trafficking within the greater New York City Area. Their anti-trafficking program can be reached during business hours at (212)-577-7700, or after hours call their more general-purpose hotline at (800)-621-4673. The hotline is multilingual.

  • Vital Voices is an NGO “that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. We provide these women with the capacity, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their leadership potential.” They do good work training leaders in government, business, and communities to run anti-trafficking efforts and efforts aimed at combating the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and all forms of violence against women. Their human rights program is extensively developed in these areas and more.

  • The ECPAT acronym stands for ‘ End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes’. “ECPAT is a network of organisations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.” They do a lot of training and consultation, notably on the national and international levels.

  • The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is na NGO that promotes women’s human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms. Founded in 1988, CATW claims it was the first international NGO to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls.

  • La Strada is an organization that works to prevent trafficking and to help victims of trafficking in Ukraine. (Ukraine is a source and transit country for trafficking in women.) It provides a broad range of services, running a trafficking hotline for victims and providing them with assistance of the many different kinds they need, to large training and media programs and advisory support for legislators on the issue of trafficking.

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