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From Slavery to Freedom
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) hosted its 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom event at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. CAST provides survivors with 24-hour access to safety and comprehensive, trauma-informed care that helps them rebuild their lives. The event was hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, and special guests included Sara Rue, Lisa Ling, Chloe Flower and Jericho Rosales who partnered with CAST to raise awareness about this very important issue.
True to CAST’s theme this year, “Modern Day Slavery, It Ends With Us” the event gave the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the social and systematic changes that occur when a coalition of diverse and dedicated community members, business leaders, volunteers, donors, students and survivors come together to put an end to modern-day slavery.
Many people were touched by the efforts of Anna and Sasha—the student activists presented with the Founder’s Leadership Award. They were also moved by classical pianist and the Creative Impact Award recipient, Chloe Flower, for educating young people about modern-day slavery through her music.
Modern-day slavery is a “silent” issue that many others still don’t realize exists. Yet it’s one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, ranking just behind illegal drug trafficking. Each day innocent children, women and men seeking to better their lives fall prey to these horrific human rights violations. It is estimated that as many as 18,000 people become enslaved in the United States each year – that’s one person every 10 minutes!
Over the past year, CAST’s caseload has increased by 49%, and their hotline calls have doubled. Their work is only possible thanks to the support they receive through donations and sponsorships. For inquiries or donations, please contact Wendy Santana at (213) 365-0671.
Photography by Brittni Moten