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Mayor Garcetti Announces Support for  Grassroots Implementation of Anti-Human Trafficking Law

Mayor Garcetti Announces Support for Grassroots Implementation of Anti-Human Trafficking Law

Mayor Garcetti Announces Support for Grassroots Implementation of Anti-Human Trafficking Law

City and county officials show support for public posting of human trafficking hotline numbers.

Los Angeles, California – February 10, 2014 –Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor Don Knabe, City Council Member Nury Martinez and City Attorney Mike Feuer showed  support today for the implementation of a state law requiring 12 types of businesses to publicly post information about human trafficking.

The law (SB 1193) requires mass... [more]

 
 

MARCH THROUGH KOREATOWN MARKS NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY

Los Angeles, California – January 11, 2014 – Los Angeles-based organization Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is partnering with Catholic Sisters and other community partners to host “Walk 4 Freedom” to mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 

 

The 2-mile route will wend through Koreatown, a neighborhood where known cases of human trafficking have surfaced.  About 100 people from all walks of life are expected to turn out for the walk, including students, families... [more]

 
 

CAST named Finalist in Partnership for Freedom Competition

CAST NAMED FINALIST IN PARTNERSHIP FOR FREEDOM

Innovation Competition Seeks New Ideas to Support Human Trafficking Survivors in the United States 

Los Angeles, California – Dec. 16, 2013 – Los Angeles-based organization, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) has been named a finalist in the Reimagine: Opportunity, a national competition seeking innovative ideas to improve the lives of survivors of modern-day slavery in the United States.

Reimagine: Opportunity is sponsored by the Partnership for Freedom, a public-private... [more]

 
 

GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS SUPPLY CHAIN LEGISLATION TO END THE DEMAND FOR SLAVE MADE GOODS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2010

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS SUPPLY CHAIN LEGISLATION TO END THE DEMAND FOR SLAVE MADE GOODS IN CALIFORNIA

ASSET and CAST co-sponsor Senate Bill 657by Senator Darrell Steinberg, now signed by the Governor, to give consumers a tool to purchase slave-free products

Governor Schwarzenegger announced today that he has signed Senate Bill 657  by Senator Darrel Steinberg and co-sponsored by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and the Alliance to Stop Slavery and... [more]

 
 

Fair trade chocolate- Green & Black

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SB 657 PASSES CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906, ext. 118

January 29, 2010. The Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking is pleased to announce that the California State Senate has passed SB 657, which seeks the elimination of slavery and trafficking from product supply chains.

Sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and co-sponsored by CAST and the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking, SB 657 acknowledges that California consumers and businesses have the opportunity to halt... [more]

 
 

From slavery to freedom campaign launch

COALITION TO ABOLISH SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING
LAUNCHES MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN LOS ANGELES AND THE U.S.

Survivors of Trafficking to Share Stories of Resiliency as Federal, State and Local Officials Announce Plans to Increase Enforcement Efforts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – January 11, 2010 – On the heels of President Obama’s declaration of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) today... [more]

 
 

NEW WEBSITE HELPS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS

INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM and NOT FOR SALE CAMPAIGN

Embargoed until 12:01AM 11-25-09
Contact: Kilian Moote, Press@free2work.org, Tel: 415-307-1498

(www.Free2Work.org)
NEW WEBSITE HELPS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS STEER CLEAR OF
PRODUCTS MADE WITH SLAVE LABOR

Holiday Gifts Graded on Child-Labor-Free Status

The iPhone, Camp Rock, Zhu Zhu hamsters and over a dozen other popular holiday gifts are graded “A” to “F” for their performance on preventing forced labor and child labor from being used in... [more]

 
 

Action: Tell the House to Fund Crucial Services for Human Trafficking Survivors Today

By Amanda Kloer

Today, we are at a crucial moment in the fight against human trafficking: the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies is about to decide whether or not to provide $15 million for services for survivors of human trafficking. Please, write to Committee Chairman Mollohan and Ranking Member Wolf to urge them to fund services for victims of human trafficking today! The upwards of 17,500 people who are trafficked into the... [more]

 
 

SURVIVOR OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY FINDS SAFE AND PERMANENT HOUSING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906, ext. 118

August 31, 2009. From mid-1996 to early 1999, Sipi, an Indonesian woman now 58, was ensnared in modern day slavery. Sipi worked inhumane hours for little compensation at a private Los Angeles County residence. She could only taste the luxurious meals she prepared when her so-called employers were finished eating. Sipi had neither a space of her own nor freedom to come and go.

"All the... [more]

 
 

Demand to know if slave labor is in our supply chain

SIGN A PETITION DEMANDING THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELEASE ITS LIST OF SLAVE-MADE PRODUCTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext 118

In 1998, when the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) first opened its doors in Los Angeles, few people in the U.S. were aware that slavery was still alive and well in the modern, Western world. There was no comprehensive policy or legislation to combat human trafficking on our soil, and social... [more]

 
 

CAST AND UCLA HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE INCREASE IN REPORTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext 118.

May 29, 2009: The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and the Iris Cantor - UCLA Women’s Health Center, held a media briefing entitled, "Impact of the Economic Crisis: Increase in Reports of Human Trafficking in LA County and Globally" at the Covel Commons on campus. 

During the address, CAST's Executive Director, Kay Buck, said the current economic crisis is having a significant impact on... [more]

 
 

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and trafficking marks eleven years of fighting slavery in the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext. 118

April 21, 2009: In celebration of its eleventh anniversary and in honor of its award nominees including La Opinión’s Publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, Actor and United Nations Ambassador Julia Ormond, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe and Trafficking Survivor Flor Molina, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) will hold its annual fundraiser from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Beverly Hills... [more]

 
 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement Awards the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking $250,000

FOR IMMEDIATE Release
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext. 118

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is one of twelve organizations nationwide that was awarded funds from the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is housed in the Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Regional Program, the $250,000 award will enhance CAST's anti-trafficking efforts by building a regional framework... [more]

 
 

MEMBERS OF CAST RUN JUST UNDER 27 MILES IN L.A. MARATHON TO DRAW AWARENESS

MEMBERS OF CAST RUN JUST UNDER 27 MILES IN L.A. MARATHON TO DRAW AWARENESS TO THE 27 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN SLAVERY WORLDWIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext 118

May 25, 2009: Among the 15,000 runners in the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon were four members of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), who participated in the run to raise awareness about slavery and trafficking issues. The four included members of... [more]

 
 

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Marks 11 Years of Fighting Slavery

COALITION TO ABOLISH SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING MARKS ELEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Lisette Arsuaga 213-365-1906 ext. 118

April 21, 2009: In celebration of its eleventh anniversary and in honor of its award nominees including La Opinión’s Publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, Actor and United Nations Ambassador Julia Ormond, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe and Trafficking Survivor Flor Molina, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery... [more]