This year our major fund-raising event will go towards supporting the work of The A21 Campaign.
A21 are the abolitionists of the 21st century; a not-for-profit organisation, birthed in Australia, that now rescues human beings from bondage in eleven countries.
They work to disrupt the industry demand and free slaves.
The heart ofA21 is about the one. The one woman, the one man, the one child trapped and exploited, unable to see another end to their story. They see the one, fight for the one, and sacrifice to restore the one… to give them freedom and independence and the chance at a better story.
They help people like fourteen-year old Karlie,
At the age of 14, most girls are getting ready to enter high school and dreaming of the possibilities ahead. But for Karlie,* that was a far stretch from the nightmare of slavery that had become her reality.
Karlie* dreaded every single day. She had been coerced into a life of slavery, being forced into incomprehensible acts with people her father’s age. Beaten, starved and tortured beyond recognition, this young teenage girl had been robbed of her youth, her innocence stolen.
Finally, the day came when Karlie’s* nightmare came to an end. The local police received a tip and rescued her from her traffickers. When she arrived at the A21 crisis shelter she barely spoke a word and kept her distance from everyone, not knowing if they could be trusted.
As she continued through the A21 program, Karlie* began to overcome the brokenness of her past. Karlie* would open her eyes each morning to a warm greeting full of love; something she hadn’t experienced since she was a little girl. Slowly, her innocence was being restored, her confidence was coming back, and she even began to smile again.
At the end of her time at the A21 crisis shelter, she embraced the staff and said, “this was the best time of my life.” Karlie* was totally free. She had discovered that her past did not define who she was. Strong, beautiful and valued, she walked back into the world as one who had beaten the odds; a survivor, given a second chance to dream again.
*Survivor’s name and photo have been changed for her protection.
A21 believes in a world without slavery. For nine years now, they have rolled up their sleeves and set their feet to action. Why? Because in a single moment a number can turn into a name, a tragedy into a victory, and a belief into an action.
Abolish slavery everywhere, forever.
12 offices in 11 countries around the globe
Each of their officesis unique in its operations. From reducing vulnerability in refugee camps to protecting and caring for survivors, the A21 team is always at work in countries such as Norway, the United States, The United Kingdom, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Thailand, South Africa, Greece and The Netherlands.