Working to End Modern-Day Slavery at Home and Overseas

On the occasion of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we are excited to share success stories about anti-trafficking strategies that bring us closer to ending modern-day slavery at home and overseas.

Over the past year, Vital Voices has joined local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East to launch a spectrum of exciting initiatives, ranging from economic sustainability to legislative reform to international mentoring exchanges. 

Sustainability in Handcrafts: Local Training for Human Trafficking NGOs participants designing products for their presentations.

In July 2011, we successfully launched Sustainability in Handcrafts: Local Training for Human Trafficking NGO, leveraging the expertise and success of our Economic Empowerment and Development team. We developed this pilot program in response to requests from NGO partners working with trafficking survivors and with populations vulnerable to trafficking, who expressed interest in gaining financial independence in order to provide more services to the increasing number of survivors who need them. To meet this need, we combined both teams’ expertise to enhance business skills among our non-profit partners in Cambodia, who operate income-generating activities in the h