The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking was one of the first organizations in the United States to provide services to victims of trafficking, as such.
CAST's activities are interconnected by a client-centered approach that seeks to empower trafficked persons to fully realize their individual potential while advancing the human rights of all trafficked persons.
Case Management - CAST provides comprehensive human services to trafficked persons who need shelter, food, medical and mental health care, legal services, ESL training and jobs. Case management also includes coordination and individual legal advocacy with local and federal government agencies working to prosecute a criminal case against traffickers or provide other victim services. CAST opened the first in the United States shelter exclusively for victims of trafficking in April 2004.
Policy Advocacy, Research & Training - CAST conducts policy advocacy focused on protecting and advancing the human rights of trafficked persons. This effort is directly informed by research and the real experiences of CAST's trafficked clients inside and outside the criminal justice system. CAST also provides practical training to government and non-government organizations that may come into contact with trafficked persons.
Public Education - CAST seeks to promote the dignity and freedom of trafficked persons through community organizing and public awareness. Public speaking and media advocacy efforts seek to highlight the courage and entrepreneurial spirit of trafficked people and recognize them as contributing members of the community.
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