Community Liberation Model & Toolkit

Our strategy for scaling and global impact: expand the use of our rigorously evaluated field model to communities where slavery is worst by training staffers at a wide range of organizations.

Community Liberation Model

More than 40 million women, men and children are brutalized in forced labor or forced prostitution. Trapped through force, fraud or coercion, they are kept in place through violence and intimidation. Four strategies, working together, can create systemic and sustainable change.

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The Community Liberation Toolkit distills the knowledge, skills and norms needed to implement the Free the Slaves community-based approach to change the conditions that allow modern slavery to exist.

Module 1

Educating and Mobilizing Vulnerable Communities: Develops understanding of rights under international and national laws, safe migration, and cultivating attitudes and norms that challenge social hierarchies and discrimination that hold people in servitude. Provides training on how to engage highly vulnerable communities in participatory learning and action so that new, protective behaviors emerge, including the fostering of anti-slavery committees that help protect the community from exploitation.

Module 2

Survivor Liberation, Care, and Reintegration: Trains participants on indicators of slavery and action steps to take when slavery is suspected under different circumstances. Helps participants develop context-appropriate standards and norms of care for survivors. Educates participants on principles of trauma-informed care. Provides tools for monitoring survivor progress.

Module 3

Strengthening the Rule of Law: Develops understanding of human trafficking policies and exercises for analyzing national policy. Cultivates policy advocacy skills. Provides essential information for training police, judges, and other local authorities on slavery detection and prosecution, as well as justice for survivors.

Module 4

Ensuring Access to Essential Social and Economic Services: Focuses on developing partnerships between anti-slavery organizations and relief and development organizations and agencies. Identifies opportunities and challenges to integrating anti-slavery interventions into development programs. Helps participants develop action plans for integrating anti-slavery interventions into the programs of relief and development organizations.