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Programs that prevent and combat modern slavery are critical to creating healthy, safe and resilient communities. The United Way Center on Human Trafficking and Slavery will drive collaboration, help build solutions at scale, and fuel public and political will to end human trafficking and slavery in our generation.

Our work to fight the scourge of human trafficking fits squarely within United Way’s mission of mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good. As the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit United Way works to address systemic community challenges that undermine opportunity for all.

The United Way Center on Human Trafficking and Slavery is committed to strengthening and expanding the programs and services that defend our most vulnerable populations and helping to ensure that individuals and families can achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

The Center will focus on three areas:
  1. Cross-Sector Collaboration – United Way believes that our response to a complex, global problem like human trafficking and modern slavery requires a collective impact approach that brings people and organizations together across sectors, in a structured way, to achieve social change that goes beyond what one sector or organization can achieve alone.
  2. Public and Political Will – There is an increasing attention being paid to human trafficking, but it hasn’t yet reached the needed level to drive real change. With the help of people like you, we can raise the issue to where it needs to be. Thereby, motivating action on a policy and governmental level across the world. In the United States, the upcoming 2016 presidential election provides a great opportunity to make our voices heard.
  3. Solutions at Scale – There are many promising practices in isolated locations and sectors, yet our response is grossly under-resourced to meet the magnitude of the problem. We need to develop community-based solutions to scale all aspects of our response to human trafficking from increase in victim identification, to comprehensive services for survivors, working with law enforcement, examining supply chains and prevention strategies.

United Way is uniquely positioned to bring together leading organizations working in the anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery field to drive a larger unified strategy for combating and ultimately ending this issue on a global scale. Leveraging a network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in over 40 countries around the world, United Way can help identify and support what’s most needed and what is working locally while mobilizing individuals, governments, and organizations.

The pandemic of human trafficking and modern slavery is an important issue for United Way. Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide served on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as they took on the issue of human trafficking. The Council produced a formal report of recommendations to President Obama and the Administration - Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern Day Slavery.

Eradicating modern day slavery is not something any individual or organization can do alone. Click here to join the movement and take action to help end human trafficking.

We are powerful in the fight against human trafficking. We are the eyes and ears of our communities. We are the ones who will break this cycle and create a world where all lives are valued.

Open Your Eyes, End Human Trafficking

United Way Worldwide mobilized volunteers at Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona to raise awareness about human trafficking and enlist volunteers in the movement to end modern day slavery.