Who We Are

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery around the world.

We advocate for lasting solutions to prevent forced labor and sex trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, ensure justice for victims, and empower survivors with tools for recovery. Our collective experience implementing programs at home and abroad provides our coalition an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise.

ATEST Member Organizations

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work. CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign has uncovered, investigated and assisted in the prosecution of numerous multi-state farm slavery operations across the Southeastern U.S., helping liberate more than 1,200 workers held against their will since the early 1990s. The CIW is also recognized for pioneering the design and development of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Cast is the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive, life-changing services to survivors and an advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. For 25 years, Cast has supported thousands of survivors in Los Angeles, California on their journey to freedom, providing emergency response, case management, legal services, housing, and leadership development to survivors of sex and labor trafficking of all ages and demographics.

Covenant House
Covenant House builds a bridge to hope for young people facing homelessness and survivors of human trafficking through unconditional love, absolute respect, and relentless support. The doors of Covenant House are open 24/7 in 33 cities across six countries – U.S., Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua – with a wide variety of programs designed to empower young people to rise and overcome adversity, today and in the future.

Free the Slaves
Free the Slaves liberates slaves, helps them rebuild their lives, and changes the economic, legal and social systems that allow modern slavery to exist. Through innovative grassroots community organizing projects, rigorous evaluation and groundbreaking research, targeted advocacy, and compelling communications and public engagement, Free the Slaves is helping show the world that ending slavery is possible.

HEAL Trafficking
HEAL Trafficking is a network of more than 4,000 survivors and multidisciplinary professionals in 50 countries building the capacity of health care systems and health professionals to respond to trafficking. HEAL works to mobilize a shift in the anti-trafficking paradigm toward approaches rooted in public health principles and trauma-informed care.

Human Trafficking Legal Center
The Human Trafficking Legal Center is a bridge to justice for trafficking survivors. We connect trafficking survivors with pro bono representation so they can seek justice and thrive. We demand accountability from traffickers, from governments, and from corporations.

Humanity United Action
Humanity United Action is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. Like our sister organization, Humanity United, we build, lead and support efforts to change the systems that suppress human rights and contribute to human suffering. We pursue our mission by working directly and with partners to advocate for legislative policies that advance solutions to these intractable problems.

McCain Institute
The McCain Institute is a nonpartisan organization inspired by Senator John McCain and his family’s dedication to public service. We are part of Arizona State University and based in Washington, D.C. Our programs advance democracy and human rights, empower character-driven leaders, combat human trafficking, and prevent targeted violence. Our unique power to convene leaders across the global political spectrum enables us to make a real impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is action, not talk, and like Senator McCain, we are fighting to create a free, safe, and just world for all.

National Network for Youth (NN4Y)
NN4Y is dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness and human trafficking in America through policy transformation. We work in communities with youth who have experienced homelessness, service providers, and systems to help accelerate the community’s progress in ending homelessness and human trafficking among young people. Together, we envision a future in which all young people have a safe place to call home with endless opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

Named after the North Star, an historical symbol of freedom, Polaris is leading a survivor-centered, justice- and equity-driven movement to end human trafficking. Since 2007, Polaris has operated the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, connecting victims and survivors to support and services, and helping communities hold traffickers accountable. Through that work, Polaris has built the largest known dataset on human trafficking in North America. The data and expertise gained from two decades of working on trafficking situations in real time informs strategies that hold traffickers accountable, support survivors on their healing journeys and address the vulnerabilities that enable the business of stealing freedom for profit.

Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program
Based in New York City, Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization and helps more than 250,000 people each year who have been affected by child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking or other violent crimes.

Solidarity Center
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job, widespread democracy and greater equity at work and in their community. The organization assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy. The Solidarity Center uses its expertise to combat some of the worst forms of labor exploitation, including forced labor, human trafficking, and migrant worker exploitation.

United Way Worldwide
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. With global reach and local impact, we’re making life better for 48 million people annually by working in 95% of U.S. communities and nearly 40 countries. We bring anti-trafficking efforts to scale by energizing, coordinating, and mobilizing the United Way Network. We are working to create effective community-based solutions, galvanize collaboration across sectors, and build public and political will to scale strategies across the world that find, stop, and prevent human trafficking. We are innovating where needed, uplifting good work already being done, elevating survivor leadership, and utilizing the United Way Network to catalyze the anti-trafficking movement.

Verité is a US-based nonprofit organization that promotes worker rights in global supply chains through research, assessments, training, consultation, and policy advocacy. It leverages its experience in multiple sectors worldwide to set robust expectations for accountability in supply chains on forced labor and labor trafficking, as well as all other labor rights.

Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices Global Partnership identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.

Click here for contacts for ATEST member organizations.

ATEST Leadership

ATEST Co-Chairs

  • Leigh LaChapelle | Associate Director of Survivor Advocacy, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

ATEST Director

ATEST Fiscal Sponsor

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Info Kits

  • Download ATEST’s Core Principles here.
  • Download the ATEST Background Kit on Forced Labor, Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery here.
  • Download the ATEST Fact Sheet on Slavery and Trafficking for Federal Candidates here.