Local advocates are struggling with a new immigration memo that makes it more difficult to support these survivors.
Rita (not her real name) had gone looking for help. She’s 29, living in Northern California, an immigrant from Honduras, who graduated as a professional makeup artist. “I’m not scared of driving, because I have my driver’s license,” she told The Appeal through a Spanish interpreter. She wants to stay in the United States, and she had a way to do that, she thought—and it was connected to something that happened to her which she would rather not talk too much about.read more
2018 Cast Courage Award — Lorena Barrios shares her story from slavery to freedom.read more
2018-2019 Budget Deal: In A Year of Budget Surplus, Legislators Cut all Funding for Human Trafficking Programs.
Friday, June 8, 2018, was truly a disappointing day in California for survivors of human trafficking, as the final California budget deal excludes any funding for victims of this modern form of slavery to escape and seek the help they need to be safe and healthy. The 10 million dollar one-time request was zeroed out of the budget during Budget Conference Committee deliberations, despite there being a surplus in the California budget this year.read more
A huge thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our milestone 20th anniversary last Thursday- 20 strong years of empowering survivors of human trafficking! Check out the amazing honorees and festivities.read more
Kay Buck, CEO of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, sheds light on the fight against human trafficking. In Focus California: SoCal airs Sundays at 8 a.m., and two new episodes of In Focus California: In Your Community will air weekly, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 Noon, on Spectrum Community channels 84 and 214.read more
A statewide operation last week aimed at reducing human trafficking resulted in 510 arrests and more than 50 adult and juvenile women having been saved, authorities said Tuesday.
“‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ was a three-day assault on one of the most heinous crimes of modern times: The sexual exploitation of another human being for profit,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) Responds to 2017 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report
The following is a statement from Kay Buck, CEO of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST):
There are currently more slaves alive than at any other point in history—over 27 million across the world. At the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), we spend each day providing lifesaving services to survivors, as well as a platform to empower them to overcome the exploitation they endured and become leading voices in shaping policy and public awareness around trafficking...
ACTION ALERT: Makes Calls to Support 10 Million CA Budget Request for Specialized Services for Human Trafficking Victims by COB June 2nd!
(Sacramento) The Assembly included a $10 million continuing request from the general fund in their budget for specialized services for trafficking victims. The Senate did not. This means we will go to Conference. We are asking for your help to support the $10 million budget item getting out of conference...read more
"Under current regulatory guidance, very few human trafficking victims in California are able to recover lost income through the state’s Victim Compensation Program, despite suffering economic loss due to the crimes committed against them. This legislation would ensure our systems are appropriately recognizing the unique form of commercial exploitation trafficking victims face and is essential in helping them rebuild their lives,” said Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Tracking (CAST), the lead organizational sponsor of the bill..."read more
Bet Tzedek, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) and CA State Controller Betty Yee Sponsor First of Its Kind Legislation to Ensure Human Trafficking Survivors Are Compensated for the Value of Their Forced Labor
LOS ANGELES (February 16, 2017) Bet Tzedek, one of the nation’s premiere public interest law firms, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), one of the nation’s premiere legal and social service providers for survivors of modern day slavery, and California State Controller Betty Yee are proud to collaborate on legislation that will clarify existing California law to ensure that human trafficking survivors can receive compensation from the California Victims Compensation Program (VCP) for the value of the labor or services victims were forced to provide on behalf of their traffickers. Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) introduced the legislation today in the California State Assembly as AB 900...read more
Senator Stern Bill to Modernize Human Trafficking Hotline Legislation Would Put Hotline Info in Hotels and Allow Victims and Witnesses to Text for Assistance
(Sacramento) In the wake of a majorhuman trafficking sweep in Los Angeles yielding474 arrests and identifying at least 55 survivors, State Senator Henry Stern introduced legislation supported by a coalition of human trafficking groups, to expand access to hotline services. Backed by the National Council of Jewish Women CA,the California National Organization for Women, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), and Hadassah, Senate Bill 225 would add hotels and...read more
"Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director of the Coalition To Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, (CAST) finds the initiative to be vital. "I really believe that one of the reasons why we have not gone as far as we could in ending modern slavery in our lifetime, in this generation, is because the U.S. government hasn’t put the resources for this issue," she explained to ATTN: by phone. "This bill really is a creative approach to ensuring public and private partnership..."read more
"In the event that a victim was located, children were taken into the care of the Department of Children and Family Services in each county, while adults were connected with agencies including the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Saving Innocence. These agencies are provide resources to trafficking victims. CAST, headquartered in Los Angeles, was formed in 1998 in response to an El Monte sweatshop that forced over 70 Thai immigrants to work in slavery and debt bondage for eight years. The agency works to provide victims with health and mental health care, as well as legal services..."read more
"The minors who were recovered during the operation were being cared for by various children and family services agencies across the state, according to sheriff’s officials. The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and the Saving Innocence organization were coordinating efforts to help victims in L.A. County..."read more
"Bergado, who has relied on the help of anti-human trafficking activists throughout the world, came to the attention of a whistleblower, who called the national Human Trafficking Hotline.
Once called in, cases like Bergado’s are often referred to local agencies like the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, or CAST..."read more
WHAT: The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is partnering with Southern California Partners for Global Justice and other community groups to host the fourth annual LA Freedom Walk to raise awareness of human trafficking in Los Angeles and celebrate National Human Trafficking Awareness month (January). After hearing from human trafficking survivors, the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus will lead the group along the 2-mile walk. The route begins and ends...read more