2020 was a year that no one saw coming, as COVID-19 took the world by surprise. Global shutdowns, unforeseen setbacks, and a feeble economic climate increased vulnerabilities and the risk of exploitation worldwide. But 2020 was also a year marked by resilience, perseverance, and increased innovation in the face of one obstacle after another. Our team pivoted hundreds of different ways over the last year, and we’re more committed than ever to seeing slavery abolished—once and for all.
And that was only possible because of your support. Together, we continue to fight human trafficking head-on—reaching more people with awareness, assisting more victims to freedom, and witnessing more breakthroughs for survivors in our care than ever before. This year alone, we had our highest average survivor caseload. And during a year when it was exceptionally challenging to find employment, over 70 survivors in our care secured jobs.
We were unable to gather in-person for our annual Walk for Freedom in cities around the world, so in its place, we hosted the largest-ever gathering of abolitionists online—known as the Global Freedom Summit. From small towns to big cities and laptop screens to neighborhood streets, the Global Freedom Summit was broadcasted across 71 countries in 20 different languages. Over 125,000 people gathered online in countries around the world to end human trafficking.
What did we learn from 2020? That your voice, your actions, and your commitment matter—perhaps more than ever before. Because you kept showing up in the face of uncertainty, our teams were able to reach, rescue, and restore lives around the world. Together, we’re on a mission to end human trafficking. And we’re getting closer every day. Thank you for standing in this fight with us.
Founders, Nick & Christine Caine
It’s no surprise the influence of a global pandemic in 2020 directly impacted human trafficking worldwide.
Increased Online Exploitation
Traffickers Changed Their Tactics
Decreased Victim Identification
Increased Vulnerability to Re-Victimization
But we fought harder and faster to bring freedom to more lives— spreading awareness locally and globally, creating new prevention tools, keeping our human trafficking hotlines open 24/7, assisting victims to safety, and providing survivors with the highest level of care possible.
125,000 people across 71 countries were mobilized to take action through the Global Freedom Summit
70+ survivors in our care secured jobs during 2020’s challenging
300+ new billboards launched
nationwide, reaching up to
70 million people in the US
Celebrated 4 years of Human
Trafficking Hotline in South Africa
Opened a New Freedom Center in Cape Town, South Africa
Awarded the 2020 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons for our USA North Carolina operations
Secured freedom for 235 victims
Assisted 302 survivors in 2020 while welcoming 130 new survivors into our care
Created A21’s first online e-module, Human Trafficking: A Global Crisis
Assisted 105 legal proceedings of survivors, sentencing 13 traffickers to a combined 316 years in prison
Signed a Memorandum of Understanding
with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking in Cambodia
New forensic audio and video
equipment was donated to the Child Advocacy Center in Cambodia
By raising awareness and educating people everywhere on the realities and risks of human trafficking, we’re breaking the cycle of modern-day slavery, preventing exploitation before it occurs—one student, one educator, one parent, one child, one bystander at a time.
people made aware
of human trafficking
students educated on
the risks of exploitation
people potentially reached
through the Can You See Me?
at-risk adults and
children reached with
families equipped with
digital safety information
through Parent Guides
The increase in financial vulnerability and online exploitation impacted our Rescue efforts both locally and globally in 2020. Thanks to your support, new partnerships were established, and breakthroughs emerged as we joined forces with local authorities and organizations.
legal proceedings of
calls were made to
our 3 national human
traffickers were sentenced
to 316 years imprisonment
victims were identified
By empowering survivors to thrive independently—we are reducing the likelihood of re-victimization. From holistic aftercare and safe accommodation to psychological support and vocational training, hope is being restored, and dreams are being renewed—one life at a time.
total survivors were
assisted in 2020
new survivors were welcomed
into our care in 2020
number of survivors
in our care throughout the year
survivors were repatriated
back to their home countries
Freedom Center was
launched in Cape Town,