A New Tool to Increase Coordination within the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement
For years, the anti-human trafficking movement in the United States has been growing at an unprecedented pace. To effectively counteract trafficking and exploitation, stakeholders need to better coordinate themselves and leverage network relationships. This is where the Freedom Registry comes in.
The growth of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the United States has not been taken lightly. For the past ten years, new anti-human trafficking groups have been continuously springing up, and looking to enact programs. They have done so without any true mechanism for understanding how they might plug into the collective cause. Too many groups have had to go through the process of ‘reinventing the wheel’ simply because they do not know where to solicit consultation.
This lack of inter-organizational awareness has led to many breakdowns in communication, including:
- Widespread duplication of efforts
- Gaps in victim services
- Lack of standardized referral networks
- Lack of knowledge & information sharing
More simply, the cause suffers from a general lack of being on the same page. The leaders of Chab Dai—an international anti-human trafficking organization—recognized these problems and in 2009 developed a national steering committee of seven anti-trafficking organizations to brainstorm possible vehicles for improved collaboration. Chaired by Chab Dai USA, the committee designed a web-based registry for stakeholders to exist as a means for transcending the coordination obstacles listed above. As of March 2012, we proud to say this idea has become a reality — The Freedom Registry officially launched to the public. It exists as an ongoing effort to maintain a comprehensive, public-facing database of stakeholders working to end trafficking across the United States.
“The work of the anti-trafficking community is complex and varied, and those who desire to assist victims or combat slavery need a way to connect with each other,” said Lt. John Vanek, San Jose Human Trafficking Task Force (Ret.). “The Freedom Registry is unique in its mission – creating one place where all abolitionists can share their abilities, their capacities, and their commitment to oppose slavery.”
Upon registering, organizations, agencies and institutions are able to list contact information and current programs. As the database grows, the cause will be able to collectively map how the issue is being addressed and objectively identify gaps in services. The Freedom Registry also serves to inform the media, students, academics and donors about the state of the movement, as well as to help potential volunteers find opportunities for placement. Chab Dai is now working with international stakeholders to replicate the platform in an additional five countries over the next 18 months. For more information about the Freedom Registry visit http://freedomregistry.org.
More About This Charity
Chab Dai USA
Working together to end sexual abuse and trafficking.
- This Achievement raised $75,000.
- This Charity has raised $245,000 in the past year.
- This Achievement has helped 6,300 people.
- The Freedom Registry has had 102 organizations register; over 113 collective hours of use logged; and over 6,300 pageviews.
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