Charity of the week
Some 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year, and there are an estimated 21 million human trafficking victims worldwide. Established in 1998, CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, castla.org) works directly with survivors of human trafficking to remove them from harmful situations and help them create their lives anew. The organization runs a 24-hour hotline for people seeking emergency help, as well as a response team that assists survivors in search of safe housing, transportation, food, and legal advice. The Los Angeles–based organization has helped more than 1,500 people and families from 59 countries across the globe. In 2014, CAST received the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, the first non profit to ever receive that distinction.
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