Casting out Slavery
The mission of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is 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 activities are interconnected by a client-centered approach that seeks to empower survivors of trafficking to fully realize their individual potential while advancing the human rights of all trafficked survivors. CAST is providing the momentum for these survivors to plant the “seeds of renewal” that will give them the freedom to grow in the direction of their potential and dreams.
ADVOCACY & COALITION BUILDING
At CAST, we believe that policy, grassroots advocacy and outreach can only be as good as the direct client experiences in which they are based. For this reason, CAST begins all of its policy initiatives by engaging our main constituents – survivors themselves. Read more about the legislation the Caucus of Survivors is focusing on this year.
Through broad community outreach on local, state and national and international levels – via advocacy, the media, public education, leadership development, and coalition building – CAST spotlights the issue of trafficking so that more victims will be free and empowered.
Participation in state and national coalitions committed to affecting change by informing elected/appointed officials about issues affecting trafficking represents a return to our roots wherein we recognize that there is a deep intersection between policy and direct service. By fully developing its advocacy arm, alongside the delivery of services, CAST is realizing the fullest expression of its mission by impacting the policies that directly affect those we serve and their ability to create self-sustaining lives.
In order to create a system where non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and law enforcement work together to address the existence of trafficking in Los Angeles, CAST convened the first anti-trafficking task force in the United States: the Los Angeles Metro Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Over 65 community-based groups, government and law enforcement agencies now work together in collaboration under the auspices of LA Metro Taskforce.
The City of Los Angeles issued a proclamation declaring CAST an expert in anti-trafficking advocacy on January 11, 2008, Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Nearly one year later, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) was signed into law at the end of 2008 after lengthy debates. CAST played an integral role in ensuring the passage of the TVPRA, which includes significant increased protections for survivors of trafficking in the areas of immigration relief, immigrant workers, immigrant children, prosecution and prevention.
Learn more about SB 1569, a California bill signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 due in part to the advocacy efforts of CAST. The bill provides temporary and immediate access to social services for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other violent crimes prior to federal certification.
You have the opportunity to join us in our efforts and become a modern-day abolitionist – organize an advocacy group or mobilize your current community- or faith-based organization and partner with CAST to put an end to slavery and trafficking.