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Worldwide Modern Slavery Directory Launches

October 9, 2014 / Press Releases The Freedom Fund / @freedom_fund

Global Modern Slavery Directory maps efforts to combat human trafficking and support victims from around the world.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Polaris, the Freedom Fund, Minderoo Foundation, and partner organizations spanning the globe announced the launch of the Global Modern Slavery Directory today. The Global Modern Slavery Directory is a first-of-its-kind publicly searchable database of over 770 organizations and hotlines working on human trafficking and forced labor.  By enabling actors in the anti-human trafficking field to better locate, identify, and connect with each other, the tool will help connect victims of human trafficking and at-risk populations to the help they need.

A joint collaboration between Polaris, the Freedom Fund, and Minderoo Foundation, the Directory enables service providers, law enforcement, policy makers, and advocates to both identify modern slavery organizations in specific countries and determine what services are or are not provided. Mapping verified organizations internationally also enables the Directory to highlight regions and countries where services for victims are lacking or non-existent.
“The Global Modern Slavery Directory is an important new tool in the movement as we strengthen the global safety net for victims and combat this $150 billion criminal industry head-on,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. “Polaris is honored to be part of this collaboration between the Freedom Fund, the Walk Free Foundation, and numerous international partners as we work together to ensure victims of human trafficking and modern slavery can get connected to the help they need no matter where they are in the world.”
“This Directory will ensure slavery victims can locate the support they need, anti-slavery organizations can work together more effectively and funders can identify potential partners” said Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund. “It will help build a more cohesive anti-slavery movement globally, which will a big step forward in the fight against modern slavery.”
“The Directory will also serve as a powerful research and collaboration tool for other anti-slavery organizations, policy-makers and government bodies in order to increase communication and collaboration within the anti-slavery sector,” said Josephine Thomas, Minderoo Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer.

The Directory, a Clinton Global Initiative 2014 “Commitment to Action,” is the most comprehensive database of modern slavery organizations ever compiled for the public, with more than 120 countries represented.
The Directory currently lists 205 organizations in the United States, and another 567 organizations located internationally. Additional organizations will be added to the Directory as they are verified. The public database enables individuals to search for specific organizations or countries, and then identify the operational status, contact information, range of services provided, populations served, and types of trafficking encountered for the organizations listed.
Organizations that wish to be verified for the Global Modern Slavery Directory can contact Polaris at [email protected] for more information.
The Global Modern Slavery Directory is located at: www.globalmodernslavery.org.

 

Freedom Fund