Coalitions and Affiliations

Leveraging collective action, we collaborate with organizations across sectors to tackle the root causes of modern slavery and human trafficking. This unified approach amplifies our impact.
Our focus on movement building aims to maximize the collective power of organizations and individuals committed to eradicating modern slavery and trafficking. The alliances, collaborations, and coalitions you’ll read about below are a testament to this strategy. By leveraging strong affiliations with a myriad of human rights, social justice, and international organizations, we go beyond isolated efforts to address the root causes of these egregious human rights violations. Explore the page to learn about our global partnerships for change, initiatives addressing underlying issues, and how we hold corporations accountable.

Global Partnerships for Change

Alliance 8.7

Alliance 8.7 was created to help achieve the ambitious undertaking of ending modern slavery worldwide, which is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, coordinating with those working on the many interrelated Sustainable Development Goals. The alliance focuses on accelerating timelines, conducting research, and sharing knowledge, driving innovation, and increasing and leveraging resources. FTS serves as a civil society representative on the Alliance’s Global Coordinating Group.

Organization of American States (OAS)

Free the Slaves is a registered nonprofit with the OAS inter-American system, the world’s oldest international institutional network. The OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the hemisphere. The organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development.

Global Impact Charity Alliance

Global Impact supports an alliance of more than 120 U.S.-based international relief and development charities. These organizations range from large agencies with worldwide recognition to charities providing vital services on a smaller scale. Rigorous membership standards ensure that each charity practices sound financial management and effective program delivery to assure help for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Corporate Accountability

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, or ICAR, a project of the Tides Center, is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes, and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations.

International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)

The International Cocoa Initiative, or ICI, works with the cocoa industry, civil societies, and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and to contribute to the elimination of child labor. Free the Slaves is a board member of the ICI.

Anti-Slavery Advocacy

Child Labor Coalition

The Child Labor Coalition believes that no child, regardless of race, sex, nationality, religion, economic status, place of residence, or occupation, should be exploited. Exploitative child labor is defined as employment (whether in the formal or informal sector, whether paid or unpaid) that is coerced, forced, bonded, slave, or otherwise known to be unfair in wages, to be injurious to the health and safety of children, and/or to obstruct a child’s access to education or impair educational attainment.

Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST)

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking is a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world. ATEST advocates for lasting solutions to prevent labor and sex trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, ensure justice for victims, and empower survivors with tools for recovery.

METIP: Trafficking in Persons

METIP is a community-of-practice group of M&E and research staff that focuses on anti-trafficking programming. METIP is a supportive environment where members can network and share best practices, tools, strategies, and ideas for monitoring and evaluation. The aim of the group is to improve monitoring, evaluation and research of counter-trafficking work.

Unified action is essential to ending modern slavery and human trafficking. The collective efforts of organizations and partnerships amplify our impact, optimizing resource use and efficacy.

Together, we are stronger; together, we can dismantle systems of exploitation.

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