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.
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.
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.
...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.
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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.