Top Story: Sophy's Story
Exploitation is threatening people everywhere, especially minors. But when you choose to fund prevention and awareness programs, you are empowering vulnerable children with comic books in multiple languages to stop trafficking before it starts for children like Sophy*
Sophy* is a beautiful little girl from Southeast Asia. Like many children, she had cousins and extended family she’d spend time with. But one of her cousins had other intentions for her. He took her across the border to Thailand and forced her to beg for money on the streets.
Sophy* is like many vulnerable children around the world who are taken advantage of, even by family members. But today, you can be the reason lives like Sophy* never experience trafficking in the first place. The difference between protection and slavery could be a simple message.
Today, you can choose to give toward the distribution of prevention comic books that empower children to avoid trafficking scenarios, make safe decisions, and protect others.
Give now through our Freedom Catalog →
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This October, we will gather globally and take action locally for our first ever Global Freedom Summit—a day of local action against human trafficking in our towns, cities, and communities. But you can make a global difference starting right now.
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Whether it’s funding our hotlines to rescue more victims, expanding our awareness campaigns to equip people with life-saving information, or providing restoration programs for survivors, every dollar given means hope for the world we want to see— a world without slavery.
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Exploitation is threatening people everywhere, especially minors. But you can empower vulnerable children with comics in multiple languages to stop trafficking before it starts.
These comic books illustrate the warning signs of human trafficking so that children and their parents are equipped to avoid trafficking situations.
Often, victims of trafficking are deceived with the promise of a job or a better life in another country. They may not speak the language of the country they’ve been trafficked into. Can you imagine how scary that would be?
Our national hotlines in Greece, Bulgaria, and South Africa have received many calls from victims trafficked from another country. But through the use of translation services, we’ve been able to understand calls for help and intervene effectively to bring lives to safety. Imagine the relief you would feel after you mustered enough courage to make a call, and then someone assists you in your language.
We’ve seen educational and vocational training help survivors journey from the deepest of trauma, to a fulfilling life and a bright future. Survivors like Julie*.
Julie was doing everything she could to provide for her children, but she struggled financially without a high school education. She developed a friendship with a man who she trusted and he offered to help her out—until one day he started forcing her to sleep with men for money, under the threat of physical abuse.
One night, Julie bravely escaped while her trafficker was asleep and called for help. She was connected with A21, and our team was able to help Julie complete her education and set herself up for a job to lead her to independence and caring for her children.
When you give today, you can choose to directly provide educational and vocational training to more survivors like Julie. It can be the difference between slavery and the restoration of a bright future.
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6 Month Review
95 victims identified.
51 new survivors in our care.
1,339 frontline professionals trained.
2,136 hotline calls linked to trafficking.
We are so encouraged by these numbers, but we want you to meet one of the faces behind them. Meet Leslie*. Her life was changed because of your support.
Leslie was looking for love and a stable life for her children. As a mother of two, Leslie worked extremely hard balancing two jobs and she loved her children more than anything. One day, she met a handsome man who made her feel loved and eventually promised her a better life and a steady job so she could save to support her family. Leslie wanted to give her children the best chance at life possible–so she decided to move and temporarily leave her kids with their father.
When she got there, they were living in hotels and one day, Leslie's boyfriend asked her if she would sleep with someone to pay for next week's rent.
She wasn't comfortable but didn't want to compromise her relationship or her family's future. After doing this a few times, her boyfriend started bringing other women around to do the same thing. She felt hurt, betrayed, and devastated–so she decided to leave.
After several attempts to leave and years of physical and sexual abouse, Leslie was finally uncovered by law enforcement and assisted to safety from her trafficker.
This is when Leslie's journey to restoration began.
She started working with A21, receiving trauma counseling and psychological services, and was eventually reunited with her children. It's the support of people like you that empowers survivors like Leslie to hope in freedom, wholeness, and a promising future.
Last year, through Amazon Wish List, our aftercare team provided Easter baskets for our survivors and their children because of the generosity of supporters like you. This year, we want to provide you an amazing opportunity again. With the current pandemic, our team is inviting you to provide COVID-19 Care Packages for our survivors and their families.When you purchase an item from the A21 Amazon Wish List, the items are sent directly to our U.S. aftercare team in Charlotte, North Carolina where they will personally deliver the items to survivors.
As an abolitionist, you are what makes our work possible. For over 12 years now, we’ve seen the power that can lie in the actions of everyday people who dare to believe that slavery can be abolished. Our story has always been about the story of one–and how the one became many.
We’ve only just scratched the surface of the impact we, as a global community of abolitionists, can have when we all come together.
There are still millions affected by this global crisis–but when you give today, your action has the power to change the lives of human trafficking victims like Emilia, June, Dalila, and Paul, all around the world.
Learn more about their stories & join us in the fight against modern-day slavery >
The Power of Prevention
Oleg* is a teenager from Ukraine. He was like many other kids his age–recently graduated and ready to explore the world in front of him. When he and 6 of his friends were offered jobs abroad, they accepted with the hope of pursuing a promising opportunity. Once they arrived, their new employer told them to hand over their passports and documentation.
But Oleg* and his friends remembered what an A21 presenter had taught them–to never give their passports away. Immediately, Oleg* became suspicious of his employer and he and his friends got away. They later found out it was a dangerous situation they had avoided.
This is the power of prevention. This is the result of what happens when one person decides to equip their community with knowledge and resources on human trafficking.
It's A Penalty
A21 is the founding partner of It’s A Penalty, a campaign that harnesses the power of sports to protect vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse around the world.
At the official kick-off event in Miami, our team trained local professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry, on how to spot and report suspected cases of human trafficking.
This half-day summit included a panel with leading experts to join forces in the fight against human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
Then, our team trained 500 volunteers in Miami on January 25 who went to over 400 hotels to distribute campaign materials that include the signs of human trafficking, chapstick and other items with hotline numbers, and the NCMEC missing children’s list.
A21 will also be at the SuperBowl breakfast where every attendee will be made aware of human trafficking. Several athletes including Usain Bolt, David Luiz, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Liam Malone, Ryan Tennehill, Nick Foles, and many others are using their voices to speak up and help prevent the exploitation of children.
Volunteers are key to seeing lives around the world experience freedom instead of slavery.
There is something incredible about being a part of a global impact. Our volunteers are immersed in an environment where world-changing happens. Because they are world-changers.
We are looking for people like you who are passionate about seeing freedom have the final word all across the globe.
What began 6 years ago...
... when A21 first put boots on the ground in Thailand is now bringing new beginnings to lives in Southeast Asia and around the world.
Because of you, the trajectory of trafficking in Southeast Asia is shifting-ending slavery for lives like Johnny, Leah, Chan, & Lena and beginning their journeys of freedom and restoration.
You can be the reason slavery ends and freedom begins.
"For The One" Merch Reminds Us Who We're Fighting For
Give a gift that counts this holiday season. With a new collection of t-shirts and, introducing, a sweat suit to our A21 store, you can make an impact every single day of the year!
11 years. 1,000 survivors.
This month, we are celebrating a huge milestone: more than 1,000 survivors have come through our care here at A21 in 11 years. That’s one survivor every four days.
Maria’s journey of restoration is just one of the 1,000 stories of hope, freedom, and justice YOU have made possible. And we believe there are thousands more stories like Maria’s to come because of your generosity.
What Unites Us All?
A belief in freedom for every single human life. Human trafficking is robbing millions of basic human rights. And this October 19th, Walk For Freedom is our chance to come together and unite behind one cause.
Walk For Freedom is our global response to human trafficking–an outward expression of our inward desire to see slavery abolished everywhere, forever. It’s our way of telling the world that slavery still exists and that it will never be okay–not on our watch. It’s local & it’s global. And we can’t do it without you!
Watch the “Walk For Freedom 2019 Details” video with Ben & Emily below!
Can You See Me? South Africa is now LIVE! This campaign exists to bring awareness to the millions of men, women, and children who are currently trapped in slavery.
Join us in spreading the word about human trafficking in South Africa by saving the images below and sharing them out to your friends.
Did you know that for every dollar you fundraise, you’re directly impacting lives around the world?
• Traffickers are prosecuted in Greece
• Victims are identified in Ukraine
• Children are protected in Thailand
• Hotlines are called in South Africa
• Lives are restored in America
We’ve made fundraising easier than ever by providing everything you need to get started. Through your Walk For Freedom fundraising page, you get a toolkit that includes:
• Fact sheet
• Freedom Report
• Press Release + supporting logo
• Imagery for social media
• Templates & an ‘Everything You Need To Know’ flyer to help you invite your friends and family, and to reach your goal!
Start fundraising today by logging into your A21 account > and make your Walk For Freedom impact even greater!
Since the beginning of A21, we have aimed to provide effective aftercare for survivors of human trafficking that helps to restore hope, dreams, and possibilities for their future. Over the years, as we continued to build our aftercare programs, we realized the need for long-term care that helps survivors take steps toward healing and independence.
Once a survivor is identified or assisted out of their trafficking situation, they are often placed in an immediate shelter or safe house for the initial stabilization period. This could last from a couple of weeks to a few months. Our A21 Home in Greece assists with this kind of accommodation, in addition to our teams around the globe providing funding for both short-term and long-term accommodation.
A21 aftercare services are based around our Community Model, which provides survivors with next steps toward an independent life in their community. At the heart of this model, is our Freedom Centers.
Our Freedom Centers provide a safe environment for survivors to come and partake in programs and activities that help them take these steps: from job searches to counseling, to the simple expression of creativity, to language classes, to community-building.
We place our Freedom Centers very strategically, aiming to find locations where we have certain resources within close proximity to create the best environment for survivors to thrive and succeed. Some of the key things we look for include:
• Close travel time from their accommodation to the Freedom Center
• Public transportation options
• Access to great health services (hospitals, counseling services, etc.)
• Community support options where they can find healthy friendships (sports teams, religious groups, etc.)
• Affordable education
• Job availability
With these resources available, survivors are able to easily access different services, care, support, and training they need to achieve their goals, live independently, and reduce their vulnerability to revictimization. Since opening our first Freedom Center in North Carolina in 2016, we now have one in Greece and Bulgaria, and we have seen great success through them. Survivors are learning new skills, experiencing education, stepping into jobs, and creating the life they want for themselves.
To be a part of the life long change that is taking place through Freedom Centers, give today! >
Generous company donates $150K to A21, Matching Donations up to $300K!
Our latest campaign, “A Line Out: from slavery to freedom” focuses on our National Hotlines–a proven way to assist more victims trapped in slavery.
Through this center, survivors will be able to partake in counseling, job searches, vocational skills training, language classes, creative arts therapy, and take steps toward full independence. It's because of supporters like you that we are able to provide spaces like this where survivors can journey toward and hope for a better future.
One survivor was recruited from her home country for a job opportunity in Greece. Thinking she would be working in a cafe, she traveled to Greece and was forced into sexual exploitation under a false debt, threats, and violence. She was able to escape with the help of a client and reach out for help.
Two female sex trafficking survivors are also free from exploitation. The survivors were recruited through false promises of a better life and forced into prostitution. Bravely managing to escape, the survivors are now safe and receiving the assistance they need.
To help directly with our efforts to end trafficking, Sponsor Freedom today >
The survivor was a victim of sex trafficking and was assisted to safety after she had made a signal to a passerby. This month, the court issued a verdict on her case and the traffickers were sentenced to five years in prison.
In March, we launched the Human Trafficking Awareness Program- a FREE resource to help you raise awareness and educate your community. The program includes a facilitator training guide, a downloadable digital workbook, presentation slides, and video series. So far we have seen 1,093 downloads to the program, increasing awareness across the globe.
Did you know that we were featured on My Freedom Day on CNN?
Read the full article here >
Last weekend, our Freedom Sponsors and A-Team members purchased gifts from an A21 Amazon Wish List that our U.S. aftercare team made. The gifts were for Easter baskets that our team gave to survivors and their children in our care.
– Ali, North Carolina Freedom Center
2018 Annual Freedom Report launches:
Our Annual Freedom Report features real stories of hope, victory, and restoration that happened in 2018. More survivors in our care, more court cases won, more traffickers sentences, more professionals trained, and more students reached, all because of your support.
As you read through this report, know that none of this could have been possible without you. With your help, we will continue to abolish slavery everywhere, forever.
Promised false jobs, deceived, and exploited in the southern part of Ukraine. But through the partnership of our team, local authorities, and other NGO's, all 94 were assisted to safety, and provided basic needs, food, toiletries, and other services.
Our team supported the identification and safeguarding of potential victims of trafficking on 13 targeted flight operations, alongside the UK Border Force and police at Gatwick Airport. These operations target pre-specified flight departures or destination countries, in which A21 supports law enforcement by conducting victim identification screenings with passengers.
Refugees who come into Greece are extremely vulnerable to trafficking— in one day, we were able to identify and assist five victims of trafficking alongside the help of a partner organization. Our aftercare team was able to provide necessary psychological and physical support for each survivor.
Abducted from his home and exploited in Ukraine. His traffickers enslaved him for 10 years before he was identified and assisted. But today, he is free.
Promised jobs in Denmark– but instead they were kept in a trailer and forced to work long hours with little or no pay. After the men managed to escape, they called A21. Through coordination with a partner organization, we were able to assist them and they are now safely back in Bulgaria.
Three survivors in Greece:
Deceived by false promises and forced into the sex trade. Some were tricked by trusted family, friends, and neighbors. But now, they are free–and have the chance to claim their dreams back.
A Bulgarian woman was trafficked for 8 years
before she was rescued through a police operation. She was connected to A21 through our network of partner organizations, and today she is employed by our social enterprise, Liberty.
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