Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.
The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:
1. Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism
2. Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions
3. Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies
In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 8,600 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage foreign governments in dialogues to advance anti-trafficking reforms and to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs. Worldwide, the report is used by international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations alike as a tool to examine where resources are most needed. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government's anti-human trafficking policy.
This website is a hub of information and resources designed to highlight the important work being done across the state to raise awareness, serve victims, bring perpetrators to justice, and create a future without human trafficking.
The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city.
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. To accompany means to be a companion. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs. JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so that those made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection and durable solution to their plight can be achieved. JRS works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
"We are companions of Jesus, so we wish to be companions of those with whom he preferred to be associated, the poor and the outcast. " - JRS-USA
IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.
SF-CAIRS works to ensure all immigrants live healthy and productive lives in safe and inclusive environments. SF-CAIRS does this by expanding resource knowledge among services providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in San Francisco.
Refugee and Immigrant Services live out the Gospel values of charity and justice by welcoming newcomers and providing free or low-cost legal and support services to immigrants and refugees in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties.
The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies protects the fundamental human rights of women, children, LGBT, and other refugees who flee persecution. We provide cutting edge legal expertise and training, policy development, research, and in-country fact-finding and use international human rights instruments to address the root causes of persecution.
Founded in 2008, ORAM is the only international organization devoted solely to advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees fleeing brutalization due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant offers sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. They intentionally provide opportunities for transformational learning that arise from the relationships they foster among refugees, immigrants, and host communities. They join with others to understand and eliminate the causes of violence and oppression worldwide.
The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Foster Care Program serves youth from other countries that are separated from family or orphaned by war. These are children refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking. Catholic Charities places these youth into loving fosterhomes that help provide a new life for these special individuals.
Refugee Transitions is a community-based nonprofit agency serving high-need, low-income refugee, asylee, and immigrant newcomers from over 50 countries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, RT provides education, family engagement, and community leadership services that help newcomers become self-sufficient and successful in their new communities. A key component of their work over the last 30 years has been fostering cross-cultural relationships between receiving and newcomer communities.
NFS manages social impact programs on the ground; monitors, measures, and assesses the depth and breadth of their impact; tells stories to connect you to the most vulnerable; and creates meaningful relationships with people, communities, and companies.
Their cause is to fight against sex trafficking around the world. 3Strands was created to support organizations engaged in the fight. They began by partnering with www. agapewebsite.org to open training centers in Cambodia for girls rescued and restored through AIM’s program. Girls rescued need well paying, sustainable jobs so they can reintegrate back into their community with honor and dignity.
BAATC emerged from Freedom Summit 2011 as an official non-profit entity that will continue to serve as the respected “backbone” and connective tissue helping individuals, churches and anti-trafficking organizations work effectively together to build a unified San Francisco Bay Area response to human trafficking.
The mission of The Grateful Garment Project is to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who crosses the threshold of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletries, snacks, and other miscellaneous items that he or she may require.
The Daughter Project is a holistic, asset based approach to counter the trafficking and abuse of young girls. DP works with local authorities, community based organizations and volunteers to prevent, intercept and restore young girls back to their families. Much emphasis is placed upon awareness campaigns held in rural communities, educating residents about the dangers of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Bhitri Sundarta, a girls' club curriculum, teaches girls to value themselves as daughters and find supportive community through which they learn to be good friends, set goals, and grow up as strong women and role models, ultimately helping young girls to protect themselves and support their peers.
The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT) has a membership of over 30 agencies representing a broad array of nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, service providers, educators, and community members. SFCAHT is committed to ending human trafficking through collaboration, education, outreach, advocacy, and supporting survivors of human trafficking by taking a zero tolerance stance on exploitation, violence, and human trafficking and building a strong group of anti-trafficking advocates and experts in San Francisco.
The DreamCatcher Youth Program is a community based, multi-service agency. The DreamCatcher Shelter is the only one in Alameda County to offer runaway, at-risk, and homeless youth, ages 13-18, a safe place to sleep. The Shelter is free, voluntary and confidential. A bed, locker, bathrooms, and meals are provided. Also available to youth are case management services and access to other community resources. The DreamCatcher Support Center is a drop-in recreational center for ages 13-19. All Center services are free. Youth have access to computers, dinner/snacks, a laundry facility, healthcare, recreational activities, job training, case management, and much more.
Freedom House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The Nest, its residential shelter for minors, is located in Santa Clara County.
Since 2007, MISSSEY has devoted its energy to the heartbreaking epidemic of sexual exploitation by supporting and advocating for youth who have been commercially sexually exploited. They are a survivor-led organization that is confronting human trafficking in Oakland, in Alameda County, and throughout California.
California Against Slavery is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights organization. They want to make human trafficking the riskiest criminal business in California.
Since 2010, First Aid Arts have been the leaders in bringing effective arts-based healing resources to trauma survivors and those who care for them. They offer trainings in the Healing Arts Toolkit program for staff and volunteers at organizations serving trauma survivors. They have been invited to train groups working with survivors of natural disasters, refugees and trafficking victims. In addition to training local trauma care providers in their Healing Arts Toolkit, they also offer weekly opportunities for local artists to volunteer with street youth at the YouthCare and New Horizons drop-in centers in Seattle. They speak regularly on trauma and the arts at national and international conferences, universities, churches and events of all kinds.
Backyard Broadcast is a nationwide organization working to spreading awareness of sex trafficking through the kids of this generation. They try to broadcast events that are happening in their own backyards, and eventually try to raise money for police trainings. The branch in Palo Alto is just one of 25 branches in the USA.
Because Justice Matters is a local San Francisco based organization that reaches out to women who are victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, and offers support to those experiencing isolation due to economic and cultural challenges. Their mission is to defend the freedom of every child, woman and man by empowering the people of California to fulfill their obligation to stop human trafficking.
Bridget’s Dream is a faith-based non-profit organization built on Biblical principles and dedicated to providing practical and immediate clinically-informed services to address the atrocious reality of America’s human sex-trafficking problem. Bridget’s life and death set their founder’s heart ablaze with a desire to see girls like Bridget experience redemption. As a partner of City of Refuge Sacramento, Bridget’s Dream is committed to the ongoing development of collaborative partnerships that meet the multi-faceted needs of those we serve.
Courage House Northern California opened on August 1, 2011. It is a state-licensed, long-term residential level 12 group home for six girls, ages 11–17, with plans to build ten cottages on the 50-acre property to accommodate sixty girls in the future. Courage House Northern California is located in an undisclosed, rural location. The Courage House facility and program is intentionally designed to provide a long-term home as opposed to an opportunity to graduate from a program. Statistics show the majority of the young women who are victims of sex trafficking do not have safe homes and loving families to return to once they have “graduated from the program.” Trauma specialists report that the time frame of just beginning to recover from this type of complex trauma takes a minimum of 4 to 5 years. The Northern California location provides a beautiful, serene setting that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach unique to each child, which encompasses her physical, emotional, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs. Focused trauma therapy, an on-site school, dance/music/arts studio, equestrian and riding program, as well as a variety of classes in social and life skills are offered to each girl so she is thoroughly equipped, encouraged, and empowered to begin the journey of healing and restoration.
Freedom and Fashion is a fashion-oriented creative arts organization. They fight human trafficking and labor abuses by supporting and highlighting socially conscious initiatives in the fashion and creative industries. FnF is dedicated to educating society about the global social issues of modern-day slavery, human trafficking, child labor, and human rights violations. FnF addresses these injustices through the purchasing power of conscious consumerism, by increasing the demand for socially-responsible and ethically-produced goods and ensuring they are readily available to consumers.
Heavenly Treasures assists refugees, single mothers, widows, the physically disabled, women & children rescued from human trafficking, orphans, the disenfranchised, and many others. They focus on micro enterprise development in order to help these people find self-sufficiency and hope. All sale proceeds are reinvested back into the livelihood projects.
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to
victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM
lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems - police, courts and laws - effectively protect the poor. IJM’s justice professionals work in their communities in 16 field offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.
Love Never Fails is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and protection of youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. They are devoted to expressing to each youth that they are valued, precious and loved by their community.
South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (SBCEHT) is local organization that responds to human trafficking in the counties of Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. It is made up of over 30 agencies that provide direct services to victims such as gift cards for the purchase school supplies and books, gift cards to purchase personal hygiene products, medical and dental visit allowances, clothing donations, and emergency housing funds to provide victims a temporary place to live. They also provide legal services to assist victims with immigration services, passport costs, and Visa applications as it is often the case that victims are undocumented. Like other human trafficking organizations, SBCEHT provides training and can participate in company events. In partnership with other organizations including the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), they host events to increase human trafficking awareness in the South Bay Area.
Made In A Free World believes that changing the world takes everyone. They are a network of individuals, groups, and businesses working together to disrupt slavery and make freedom go viral. They produce innovative campaigns, on the ground projects, consumer engagement tools, and business solutions designed to get slavery out of our system. Their dream is simple, "One day everyone and everything will be Made In A Free World." Visit them here.