Organization: Free the Slaves

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Free the Slaves was founded in 2000—and today we are considered a leader and pioneer in the modern abolitionist movement. We have helped awaken the world to the fact that slavery still exists, why it does, and where it’s worst. We’ve developed a global blueprint for change to inform governments, international institutions, faith communities, businesses, and the public what they can do. We’re now implementing our community-based strategy in strategically selected countries, demonstrating that our model works and that it is both scalable and replicable. Our groundbreaking research and rigorous evaluation informs our policy advocacy to strengthen anti-slavery laws and rid slavery from manufacturing supply chains and business practices.

We help communities chart their own path toward sustainable freedom based on their unique needs and circumstances. We strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations, government agencies, advocacy coalitions, and the media to take action. We support vulnerable communities through education, mobilization, and increasing access to education, vocational training, and essential services. We rescue those in slavery and help them rejoin their families and communities. We record and share success stories so the world can see what both slavery and freedom look like. And we systematically assess our work to ensure accountability and continuously improve our programs. Free the Slaves co-implements all community projects with and through locally-based organizations.

Our model delivers results. Since our founding, we have liberated more than 13,000 people from slavery.

Organization: The Sexual Assault Center of Family Services

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The Sexual Assault Center of Family Services provides services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for victims of sexual assault (including sex trafficking), and their families and friends. Services are confidential and free of charge. The Sexual Assault Center provides sensitive services to all victims regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability. Services are available throughout the Wisconsin counties of Brown, Door, Oconto, and Marinette. Services also include medical advocacy, legal advocacy, follow up services and support.

Organization: Ending the Game

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Ending The Game (ETG) is a groundbreaking survivor-written curriculum that helps sex trafficking victims reduce feelings of attachment to a trafficker and/or the trafficking lifestyle.  Ending The Game (ETG) educates and empowers sex trafficking victims by providing a structure and framework to uncover harmful psychological coercion (a.k.a. “The Game”) that victims may have been subjected to during their trafficking experience. By offering a curriculum that reveals the sequence of commonly-used, yet seldom-explained, mind control techniques used by traffickers, we aim to empower participants to acquire skills to “End The Game.”

Organization: Brown County Sheriff’s Office

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The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is the oldest Sheriff’s Office in the state of Wisconsin and was established in 1818. The Sheriff’s Office services 13 townships and 5 Villages in the County. The Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 160 sworn Deputies and approximately 160 non-sworn personnel.  The Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of Investigators from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Green Bay Police Department, De Pere Police Department and Ashwaubenon Public Safety. We are assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Organization: Verité

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Verité is a global, independent, non-profit organization that conducts research, advocacy, consulting, training’s, and assessments with a vision that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions.

Since our inception in 1995, we have partnered with hundreds of multinational brands, suppliers, and international institutions in more than 70 countries across multiple sectors to improve working conditions and social performance within global supply chains. Through our independent regional offices and long-term network partners, we gather information globally about labor practices and make this analysis available to brands, suppliers, and investors, as well as governments, NGOs, and trade unions.

Organization: Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

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Founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) was one of the first organizations in the United States to provide comprehensive social and legal services for survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, CAST opened the first shelter in the country exclusively dedicated to providing physically and psychologically safe housing for survivors. CAST serves male, female, and child victims of trafficking. CAST clients come from almost every region of the world including Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the United States. To date, CAST has provided services to over 1,500 survivors and their family members, as well as thousands of hours of technical consultation to organizations working on this issue across the country and internationally. Systemic change is at the core of CAST’s mission. Taking a survivor-centered approach to ending modern slavery, CAST has a proven track record of working directly with survivors of human trafficking which builds an important bridge between practice and policy to inform effective policy initiatives. By developing broad-based partnerships, CAST effectively advocates for policies that work to end human trafficking and help survivors rebuild their lives.