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    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

    Documenting Forced Criminality among Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Los Angeles, CA

    Survivors of human trafficking are often forced to commit crimes (PDF) by their traffickers. Despite being victims, they are often misidentified as perpetrators in the criminal legal system and spend their lives living with the consequences. This chronic failure to identify and support survivors is a race equity issue because Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color are disproportionately affected by human trafficking and disproportionately targeted by the criminal legal system.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Cast) will improve its methods of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on forced criminality. Cast works to bridge practice and policy, providing survivors of human trafficking comprehensive services and a space where they can inform a survivor-centered policy agenda. Cast will develop a brief screening tool to collect data on clients’ experiences with forced criminality and the broader criminal legal system. Research staff will analyze deidentified data and share findings publicly through a workshop for practitioners and an interactive dashboard. To center survivors throughout the project, Cast will recruit and engage a survivor advisory board to guide its data-collection practices. Cast will use the results of this project to improve its own services, but also to help other service providers understand the criminalization of survivors of color and the related perpetuation of human trafficking.


    2023 Grantees

    Beyond the Bars
    Miami Gardens, FL

    Black Voters Matter
    Fulton County, GA

    Center for Policing Equity
    St. Louis, MO

    Chicago Appleseed
    Cook County, IL

    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
    Los Angeles, CA

    DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Forward Through Ferguson
    St. Louis City and County, MO

    Freedom Community Center
    St. Louis, MO

    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Cuyahoga County, OH

    Homeward Bound
    Dallas County, TX

    Sacramento, CA

    Innovate Memphis
    Memphis, TN

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
    Washtenaw County, MI

    Just Communities Arizona
    Pima County, AZ

    Justice Management Institute
    New Orleans, LA

    Mediation and Restorative Services
    Anoka County, MN

    People of Progression
    Outagamie County, WI

    Phoenix Youth and Family Services
    Ashley County, Bradley County, Chicot County, Desha County, and Drew County, AR

    Project Curate
    Harris County, TX

    Pillars of the Community
    San Diego, CA

    Safer Foundation
    Cook County, IL

    San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
    San Francisco, CA

    Starting Over, Inc.
    Riverside County, CA

    Denver, CO

    United Way of South Central Michigan
    Jackson County, MI