Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Region: Los Angeles county Service Area(s): International, Legal/Public Policy/Civil Rights
5042 Wilshire Blvd. #586 • Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact: Vanessa Lonza (
Telephone: 213-365-1906 x111 • Fax: 213-365-5257

There is a summer internship program

Prerequisites: N/A

Deadlines: N/A

Description/Mission statement:
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), established in 1998, has been a pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement in the United States and works exclusively with trafficked persons. CAST is a multi-ethnic human rights organization whose mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. CAST has provided training and technical assistance to thousands of NGO and government personnel and represented the United States at international events on human trafficking. CAST is a grantee of the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services and, as one of the leading anti-trafficking organizations in the U.S. , has extensive expertise to deliver quality training to participants.

CAST's programs include Social Services, Legal Services, and Training & Advocacy and have assisted over 200 victims of trafficking in some of the most well known cases in the U.S. CAST has also opened the first shelter for trafficked women in the U.S. , a model for the development of services to victims of trafficking.

CAST partners with law enforcement and government agencies on a daily basis to ensure criminal prosecution of traffickers and to provide training and outreach to key personnel in the field, affected communities and the general public. Since 1999, CAST has convened the first anti-trafficking task force in the U.S. (comprised of law enforcement and government agencies working with CAST) and trained more than 5,000 law enforcement, government, and community-based personnel. Currently, CAST administers and conducts education through a nationwide training program that has been deployed in 23 cities targeting NGOs, law enforcement and government agencies. CAST played a critical role in the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA) through policy recommendations informed by the experiences of trafficked clients, Congressional testimony, media advocacy and community organizing.

All CAST programs, including training, address trafficking through a human rights framework focused on justice, dignity and the empowerment of trafficked persons. Trafficked persons rights are placed at the center of training activities and the issue of trafficking are presented within the larger context of worker exploitation, transnational migration and violence against women and children.

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