Modern-Day Slavery / It Ends With Us Survivors from CAST celebrate the growing movement to end modern-day slavery
Survivorsâ€™ Journey to Recovery
Responding to Human Trafficking
The People We Serve
10 Survivor Leadership 11
Partners & Supporters
Please note that in the interests of clientsâ€™ safety and privacy, the images and names in this report do not always represent actual CAST clients.
DEAR FRIENDS, Increasing numbers of people are coming to grips with the reality that slavery exists today. Even more importantly, friends and neighbors are joining you and me in taking action against this serious human rights violation. The anti-slavery movement is growing rapidly, and Iâ€™m glad weâ€™re partners in this together! In the last year, CAST has seen unprecedented growth in the demand for our programs. Calls to our 24-hour Hotline have doubled, and the number of clients we serve has increased by 50%. Each survivor comes to CAST with a unique set of needs. We dedicate a tremendous amount of time and resources helping each person rebuild his or her life, as you will read in this 2013 Impact Report. With over 15 years of intensive work with survivors, CAST is a leading voice in the movement to end modern-day slavery. I am excited about the new partnerships and policies that we are developing to prevent human trafficking and to empower survivors to reach their dreams. Now, more than ever, I am convinced that together, we can and will end modern-day slavery. Your involvement is vital to this movement. As you review this report, I hope that you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in being part of a community that is truly changing lives. Sincerely,
Kay Buck CEO and Executive Director Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Selena Survivor from Mexico
Selena met a woman in Mexico who offered to bring her to the U.S. and get her a good job as a waitress. Instead, her trafficker threatened to have her arrested and deported if she refused to work at a bar in East Los Angeles for no pay. Selena was severely beaten and sexually abused. Law enforcement rescued Selena and immediately brought her to CAST. Selena made the CAST shelter her home for almost a year. During this time, CAST provided her with much-needed medical care for issues related to her abuse. CASTâ€™s legal team also worked for months to obtain legal status afforded to Selena under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Now, Selena has restored health, a new job, and hope for a better future.
SURVIVORS’ JOURNEY TO RECOVERY BREAKING CASES
Numbers of survivors in each phase
The healing garden at CAST’s shelter is a sanctuary of peace
HOPE & HEALING FOR SURVIVORS For a survivor of human trafficking, the journey to recovery is a courageous process. CAST‘s empowerment program team forges a way for survivors to reclaim their lives. This year, CAST has helped over 375 survivors find hope again. Moreover, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor and a faith-based partner, CAST was able to purchase a shelter dedicated to survivors of human trafficking. The shelter is a safe haven of healing and hope.
David Survivor from the Philippines
CAST helped me move from living in fear and darkness to light and life. Being trafficked was the worst experience of my life, but CAST has renewed my trust in other people. I hope others learn from my experience and can find justice too. It is possible to find courage and to get out of the situation. We can have a better future and escape our misery. There is hope!â€?
2012-13 GROWTH IN HOTLINE CALLS
Identifying and reporting human trafficking is a vital component in the fight against modern-day slavery. This year, CAST trained over 2,500 people in law enforcement, social services, the legal community, the business community, and the faith community. CAST frequently provides specialized trainings to consulates in the United States. This year, we inaugurated a specialized training in Mexico for government officials and NGOs. As a result of these trainings, awareness about human trafficking has increased, and CAST has seen a dramatic growth in calls to our 24-Hour Hotline. This growth is also due to a new state law requiring the public posting of CAST’s hotline number in transportation hubs, urgent care facilities, and other places where survivors might find themselves. CAST’s Emergency Response Team has been energized by the ability to help so many people.
Our partnership with CAST is an integral part of the LAPD’s strategy to stop human trafficking in all of its forms. CAST’s knowledge and experience are a vital resource for the LAPD as we work together to identify and rescue victims. “ Captain William Hayes Commanding Officer, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division L.A. Metro Taskforce on Human Trafficking
Keri Survivor from the United States
When Keri was a teenager, she met an older man who she believed had a funny, smart and charming personality. This man, whom she considered her boyfriend, quickly became violent. He forced Keri into the commercial sex industry, taking her from city-to-city and state-to-state for his profit. CAST helped Keri rebuild her life by giving her free legal aid at a court dedicated for minors. CAST spent months clearing her criminal record from acts her trafficker forced her to commit, and giving her access to specialized social services. Today, Keri is back home with her family and in school. She enjoys writing poetry and aspires to help other girls who have been exploited for commercial sex.
THE PEOPLE WE SERVE
= 1 PERSON TRAFFICKED TO LOS ANGELES AND HELPED BY CAST
TYPES OF TRAFFICKING BY % OF CLIENTS 2012
Elder Care/Peddling/ Construction/Others
COMMON DREAM: FREEDOM CAST clients come from all over the world from diverse sets of circumstances. From labor trafficking to sex trafficking, from Indonesia to Los Angeles, CAST is quick to respond to trends in human trafficking and to fight for freedom for all who are enslaved. CAST is currently playing a key role in combatting child sex trafficking in Los Angeles by developing innovative civic partnerships.
It is imperative that we take a stand to stop the sex trafficking of children. Together with CAST we are striving to make Los Angeles a place where children are protected from commercial sexual exploitation.” Mark Ridley-Thomas Chairman, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District
POLICY ADVOCACY Systemic change is at the core of CASTâ€™s mission. Staff and survivors work tirelessly to advocate for policies that will end human trafficking. CAST has played a critical role in introducing first-of-its-kind legislation on tough topics such as supply chain transparency and foreign labor recruitment.
SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS Title of Legislation
SB 657: California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
CA State Enacted
CAST was an original co-sponsor of this bill, which requires businesses with over $100 million in annual gross receipts to declare the actions they are taking to eradicate slavery in their supply chains.
SB 1193: Human Trafficking: Public Posting Requirements
CA State Enacted
CAST was an original co-sponsor of this bill, which requires public posting of the CAST 24-Hour Hotline and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
CAST played a lead role in advocating for this reauthorization, which increases protections and funding for victims of human trafficking.
The supply chain and foreign labor recruitment bills we’ve worked on with CAST are at the forefront of the movement to end modern-day slavery.” Darrell Steinberg California Senate President pro Tempore
EFFORTS IN PROGRESS Title of Legislation
SB 516: Foreign Labor Contractors: Registration
To be determined
SB 738: Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Minors
To be determined
HR 1732: Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act
To be determined
Vetoed by the governor with recommendations for 2014.
Stalled in Assembly Committee on Public Safety, but will move forward in 2014.
Introduced in the House and referred to Committees. Enjoys bi-partisan support.
Impact Statement First bill in the nation to protect workers entering the U.S. from fraudulent practices of foreign labor recruiters.
If passed, child-trafficking victims will be referred to services through the child welfare system. Also, a state plan to better protect all child trafficking victims will be enacted.
Increases protections for all child-trafficking victims by requiring states to collect data and report on a plan to combat this issue. Also requires the Dept. of Health and Human Services to publish guidance.
SURVIVOR LEADERSHIP Survivor leadership is essential to ending human trafficking. When survivors speak out, lawmakers listen. The National Survivor Network mobilized several members to testify before Congress regarding the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Members of CAST’s survivor leadership program were also vocal advocates for California’s Domestic Bill of Rights. This year, survivors saw the fruit of their labor and celebrated the passage of both the TVPRA and the Domestic Bill of Rights. In the spring, the National Survivor Network held a ground-breaking retreat in California. This unique gathering of survivors was a powerful time to forge relationships and create a strong community of people united in their passion for social change.
Survivors from CAST’s Leadership Program advocate for the Domestic Bill of Rights
CAST Survivor speaks at the Museum of Tolerance, a long-standing CAST partner
New friendships at the first-ever National Survivor Network Retreat
ALLOCATION OF EXPENSES (MILLIONS) Administration Fundraising
FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP CAST is the only anti-slavery organization in the United States that offers a complete range of services– from work in the trenches that meets needs for food, shelter and safety to big-picture policy initiatives that focus on survivor advocacy and systemic change. It takes a tremendous amount of time and resources to provide comprehensive care and to build innovative coalitions. As demand for CAST’s services and leadership grows, we also need to scale up our programs to meet these needs. Your financial gifts play a vital part in the movement to end human trafficking. Modern-day slavery can and will end with us. You make our work possible and we are truly grateful you choose to partner with us.
CAST’S CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
CAST has been a crucial catalyst for anti-human trafficking legislation at both the federal and state levels.” Karen Bass Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
The supply chain and foreign labor recruitment bills we’ve worked on together are at the forefront of the movement to end modern-day slavery.” Darrell Steinberg California Senate President pro Tempore
We are fortunate that CAST provides an essential network of support services to assist victims in their transition out of forced labor and slavery-like conditions. I commend CAST for its leadership in the effort to end these inhumane criminal practices.” Jackie Lacey Los Angeles County District Attorney
CAST has been an invaluable partner to Humanity United in the effort to combat modern-day slavery. Their advocacy efforts and innovative models to support survivors have been particularly impactful contributions to this cause.” Randy Newcomb President and CEO, Humanity United
Akin Gump is proud to be long-term pro-bono partners with CAST to protect child trafficking victims in the welfare system.” Steven Schulman Pro Bono Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
I am privileged to contribute to CAST’s evidence-based work on victim identification in health care settings, the health effects of trafficking, and best practices for the provision of medical and mental health services for survivors.” Dr. Susie Baldwin Chief of Health Assessment, Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, L.A. County Department of Public Health
CAST IS GRATEFUL FOR A WIDE NETWORK OF PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
PRO-BONO LEGAL SERVICES
CAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. Kathryn McMahon Founder and President Emeritus of the Board Butch Schuman President Kevin R. Davis Vice President Rachel J. Lee Treasurer Kenneth Bloch Secretary Kay Buck CEO & Executive Director Sarbani Bhaduri M.D Sr. Anncarla Costello Steven Hirsh Molly Rhodes Michael Sinel, M.D
OUR MISSION The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) aims 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.
OUR STORY CAST was founded in 1998 as a direct response to the El MonteÂ sweatshopÂ case in which 72 Thai immigrants were kept in slavery and debt bondage. Under the leadership of founder Dr. Kathryn McMahon, CAST became the first organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to survivors of human trafficking. Today, CAST is a recognized leader in the anti-trafficking movement.
YOUR INVOLVEMENT The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcomes your investment in ending modern-day slavery. Your generous gifts go directly to helping survivors of human trafficking on their journeys to safety and healing. You can give online at www.castla.org, or write a check payable to CAST and mail to: 5042 Wilshire Blvd #586, Los Angeles, CA, 90036. Thank you for your support.
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Published on Dec 11, 2013
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) aims to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like pra...