Brian A. Gallagher, UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE – I’m pleased to announce the launch today of the United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery. With more than 20 million victims of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world, the Center will allow the United Way to play a unique leadership role in combatting this troubling and highly pervasive issue.
To help launch this important work, United Way Worldwide (UWW) is hosting more than 120 nonprofit and religious leaders this week to explore means of building innovative, cross-sector partnerships. Special guests include advocate and actress Mira Sorvino, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), along with anti-trafficking leaders and survivors. You can watch the kick-off today via webcast from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT. You can also watch advocate and actress Mira Sorvino’s keynote tomorrow from 12:30 – to 1:15 p.m. EDT. Click here to watch
United Way works to address systemic community challenges that undermine opportunity for all. Human trafficking, unquestionably, undermines opportunity for all. It cuts across demographics and geography. Among the many challenges of combatting human trafficking to date has been a general lack of awareness of the issue, access to adequate resources and coordination of services. To that end, the Center will work to strengthen and expand the programs and services that defend our most vulnerable populations and help to ensure that individuals and families can achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
In the coming months, the Center will lead advocacy efforts to increase funding for anti-trafficking programs. As part of this effort, UWW is forming a local United Way Strategy Group on Human Trafficking to explore how interested United Ways can play a leadership role in fighting this problem in their communities. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Mara Vanderslice Kelly, Executive Director, United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about the Center’s work at www.unitedway.org/endslavery and through #LIVEUNITED and #EndSlavery on social media.