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20th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


CAST’s annual gala is celebrating 20 ground-breaking years of empowerment, advocacy, and leadership to end human trafficking in our community. Celebrate with us at this signature event, recognizing and honoring a select group of change agents representing a diverse community of businesses, government, faith-based and civic leaders who have committed themselves, together with survivors, in the unyielding fight to end modern slavery in our region. We are going big this year for our 20th celebration! Join us May 10, 2018 in recognizing cutting-edge industry leaders and partners for their unwavering commitment and creativity in combatting human trafficking - providing our...

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19th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


CAST’s annual gala is an incredible evening that brings together survivors, celebrities, civic leaders and socially-conscious entrepreneurs for the cause of ending modern slavery. This amazing event is full of inspiring stories, lively entertainment and a delicious dinner. Please join us for the 19th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala to be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center. This year’s event will feature… For sponsorship information, please contact Nancy Jordan, nancy@castla.org or (213) 986-9926.

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month


By Presidential proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. CAST is hosting an evening of outreach and Education event called Eyes on Trafficking on January 21. You can RSVP through January 11. RSVP HERE. We truly appreciate your ongoing support of our mission to end human trafficking. #itendswithus

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18th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


Recap: On May 10, 2016, CAST celebrated its 18th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala at the stunning Skirball Cultural Center. And, with the high caliber of honorees, attendees, donors, artists and volunteers, it's no surprise that the event sold out a week in advance and raised just shy of $400,000. We honored four formidable leaders in the movement to eradicate modern slavery that epitomized this year's theme "Building Bridges to Freedom." L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Visionary Leadership Award honoree) is engineering pathways to freedom through his community empowerment models, which aim to better identify and serve the region's...

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17th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


Recap: On May 21, 2015, CAST held its 17th annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala – “Passing the Torch” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. It was an amazing evening of sharing, education and celebration. Sharing the impact our services have on survivors. Educating youth as the next generation of anti-slavery activists. Celebrating the deep connection we have with our supporters. Through the generosity and support of sponsors and attendees, CAST was able to invest in rebuilding the lives of an unprecedented number of survivors of modern slavery in Los Angeles.

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16th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Women Helping Women, Innovation and Impact


Recap: CAST’s 16th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala brought together over 400 people from diverse walks of life to celebrate freedom at the Skirball Cultural Center. The evening was filled with standing ovations and energizing commitments to end modern-slavery. Together, we raised over $500,000 to help survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives! The gala had grand moments such as a powerful speech by Hafsat Abiola, the Nigerian activist behind the movement to free the 270+ kidnapped school girls (#BringBackOurGirls). The gala also had intensely personal moments, as when Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Wakeland recounted their...

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15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Modern-Day Slavery, It Ends With Us


Recap: On May 9th, Angeleno Magazine produced CAST’s 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Event at the beautiful Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Built around the theme, “Modern-Day Slavery, It Ends With Us,” the event provided CAST with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the social and systematic changes that occur when a coalition of diverse and dedicated community members, business leaders, volunteers, donors, students and survivors come together to put an end to modern-day slavery. As for the program…it may have been our best yet! Honorary Event Host, Jada Pinkett Smith and her daughter Willow Smith brought attention to...

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14th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


Recap: The 14th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala was full of inspiration and promise for a brighter future for victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. Thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors and supporters, $180,000 was raised which will go directly into vital shelter and training programs for survivors. Gala attendees had an opportunity to tour the Skirball Cultural Center exhibit, Women Hold Up Half the Sky – inspired by the best-selling book Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Longtime CAST supporters Amy Elaine Wakeland and Eric Garcetti served as Master of Ceremonies...

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13th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala


Recap: More than 325 guests filled the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and raised for CAST $253,000. This support went directly into our life-transforming programs and made an immediate difference in the lives of our clients—children, women, and men who are survivors of human trafficking. CAST Executive Director Kay Buck has just announced these funds have allowed CAST to eliminate its wait list for survivors in desperate need of CAST’s services. Honorary Co-chairs Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and their DNA Foundation, have taken a bold stand against child sex slavery and human trafficking, along with other notable guests,...

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