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Alter Eco Foods
Alter Eco® is a chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food company that takes healthy indulgence to a whole new level. Engrained in full-circle sustainability, the brand is obsessed with spreading social justice and environmental regeneration while setting a high bar for delivering mind-blowingly tasty foods.
Aruna is an Athleisure lifestyle brand bringing lifelong freedom to the sexually enslaved. We create functional luxury products that keep our customers active, confident and involved in the freedom story of Aruna Artisans. By uniting women around the world, we envision a day when every woman is free to choose her own adventure.
The Batey Rehab Project (BRP) and its associated Batey Girls program, serves socio-economically disadvantaged families in the most vulnerable villages in the Dominican Republic by disrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty, violence and gender inequality through home construction, vocational training, education, employment opportunities and holistic wellness care. The Batey Girls program employs women and girls who have been affected by human trafficking and domestic violence in artisan trade-craft.
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Exodus Cry exists to break the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation and help those who are sold for sex. This is done through creating compelling films to shift the culture, advocating for laws that defend the exploited, and reaching out to women bound in the sex industry.
Krochet Kids intl. is an apparel & accessories brand bringing life-changing job opportunities to people in need. Every product is hand-signed by the person who made it.
Made Free by Women
The MADE BY FREE WOMEN®️ brand is quality handcrafted apparel and accessories, made free. Every purchase supports a day of freedom for your crafter from human trafficking + slavery + poverty through a self-sustaining job.
Marie Mae Company makes office products and corporate gifts that give back. Each product you buy from Marie Mae provides one hour of business education for one entrepreneur around the world through the Marie Mae Business School. Changing the world from your desk just got easier.
Three best friends set out on an around-the-world adventure and landed in Mother India for four months. Enamored with the people, markets, and colorful textiles, they vowed to make the country a part of their life story. A love affair with India has evolved into Mata Traders - a design driven, fair trade fashion brand helping to end global poverty. Made by artisans in India and Nepal, our line provides stable source of income for families in some of the world's poorest communities.
Maven Women was founded by a public interest lawyer whose background includes working on anti-trafficking issues in the US and abroad. She could not find clothing that matched her values, vocation, and aesthetic, and when she spoke with other women she found they faced the same challenges. Our elegant day-to-evening pieces span ages and stages and are co-created using the feedback of hundreds of women.
Mayamiko The Label is an ethical and sustainable women's wear and lifestyle brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, lovingly made in Malawi by our team of tailors, pattern cutters, seamstresses and artisans. Our profits are re-invested in the community through the work of the Mayamiko Trust, a charity that trains and supports disadvantaged women from the local community and provides the knowledge and skills they need to grow their own businesses and improve their communities.
Newly creates home goods from 100% recycled or repurposed materials. We set out to prove that beautiful goods can be created from 100% recycled and repurposed materials…all while reducing your carbon footprint and energy output.
Nomi Network believes in a world without slavery where every woman can know her full potential. We create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
Passion Lilie is a woman owned and operated business based in New Orleans creating apparel for the modern woman. We empower the lives of artisans in India through fair and living wages and an uplifting and positive working environment. We use hand block printed or hand woven eco-friendly fabrics to preserve ancient Indian artisanal techniques.
Plaine Products exists to offer an easy solution to the single-use plastic problem: vegan personal care products in aluminum bottles that can be returned to be reused. You order your preferred products, and when your bottles are low you order a refill, or you can subscribe and we’ll send the bottles automatically. When the refills come you’ll switch the pumps over and send back the empty bottles in the refill box, Plaine Products covers the cost. Then we clean the bottles, refill them and reuse them.
Preemptive Love Coalition
For more than a decade Preemptive Love Coalition provides food, water, and medical care for war-torn families all across Iraq and Syria. We help refugees rebuild their lives, right where they are, by entering into relationship with them, getting to know their families, discovering what they’re capable of—then by equipping them with high-demand skills, creating jobs, and helping them launch their own businesses.
Purple Impression is a socially conscious fashion brand reviving the art of hand embroidery by bringing it into modern fashion. Each piece is designed in San Francisco and handcrafted by women artisans in Pakistan on pure cotton & eco-friendly fabrics.
Purse and Clutch
At Purse & Clutch, every purchase contributes to our mission of supporting & sustaining long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities in developing countries. Our handbags are truly one of kind, slowly handcrafted by our dedicated artisans.
Raven + Lily
Raven + Lily is a lifestyle brand offering trend-forward fair trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Today, the brand helps to employ more than 1,500 artisan women around the world, providing them with a fair trade wage and access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, and other tools they need to thrive.
Slumlove Sweater Company provides stylish, high-quality clothing for men and women that is made with love in Kenya. We pay our employees fair wages, use only locally-sourced and natural materials, and donate a portion of each sale to a non-profit providing high school scholarships to children from Kenya's largest slum.
Sundara is a certified B-Corp and female-owned apparel brand that is creating living-wage jobs and providing skills training for women in India who are at a high risk or survivors of sex trafficking. Their loungewear pants and robes are also made by the women and provide a safe, sustainable income for her and her family.
The Sparrow Studio
At The Sparrow Studio, we believe that women heal better when they can create beauty. The Sparrow Studio's goal is to curate a shop of beautiful products full of stories of hope and opportunities for healing. We primarily partner with a cooperative comprised of 23 women in Kigali, Rwanda who survived the genocide of 1994. They are now walking forward from the shame and crippling poverty of life as sex workers and street vendors, and they are embracing a future of dignity and joy as they create beauty with their hands.
Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. We provide a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support so women survivors can get the second chance at life that they deserve. All of our services are offered free of charge and without government assistance.
Every piece of Vi Bella jewelry is handcrafted and is a fashion statement that is truly changing lives. Since our beginnings in 2012, our company has been committed to providing employment that empowers not only our artisans, but entire communities in Haiti and Mexico. Through social entrepreneur ambassadors back here in the United States, the beautiful story truly comes full-circle.
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Village Country Store
The Village Country Store is a fair trade gift shop offering high quality distinctive handcrafted and handmade artisan gifts and crafts from around the globe. Your fair trade purchases support an artisan to consumer process which brings dignity to individuals and their communities from developing countries as they struggle for medical, educational and economical independence.
Wallis Evera is a Canadian ethical fashion company creating women’s workwear using the world’s most eco-friendly fiber – hemp. Their products are modern, elegant and locally-made. The company was founded specifically to support the Fashion Revolution – a growing, global movement to stop the social and environmental damage being caused by fast fashion.
Missions Sponsor's are allies in the fight to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
We thank each of our Mission Sponsors for standing up with us today to Unite for Freedom!
Child Safety Pledge
Childline Thailand Foundation
Corin Nemec (actor)
The Freedom Hub
Giving Back Fund
Global Sustainability Network
Red Sand Project
former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons
Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca coordinated U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery as head of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during the Obama Administration. As one of the United States' most decorated federal prosecutors, Ambassador C.deBaca updated the post-Civil War statutes and the 13th Amendment to develop the "victim centered approach" to modern slavery, which has become the global standard for combating human trafficking.
CEO, Copper Publishing House
Allison Trowbridge is the founder and CEO of Copper Publishing House. She published her book, “Twenty-Two” in 2017 with HarperCollins / Thomas Nelson while completing an MBA at the University of Oxford. She worked for nearly ten years in the global anti-slavery movement - leading marketing, fundraising, and international campaigns - at The Freedom Fund, Not For Sale, and as a partner at an impact investment fund, Just Business.
April Tam Smith
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
April Tam Smith is currently a Managing Director in equity derivatives covering hedge funds. She received her B.E. from MIT in 2005 and her MBA at Columbia Business School’s EMBA program in 2009. She recently launched P.S. Kitchen Restaurant in Midtown, a social enterprise that uses 100% of its net profit to fund justice work while employing those locally who need a second chance. April is a 2018 recipient of Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Leadership Award, an Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, and 2015 John J. Mack Leadership award.
Founder, She is Rising
Brooke Axtell is the Founder and Director of She is Rising, a healing community for women and girls overcoming rape, abuse and sex-trafficking. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (R.A.I.N.N.), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S., and an Advisor for Freedom United, global initiative to end human trafficking. Brooke has published several award-winning poetry books and released three CDs of original music to critical acclaim.
Motivational Speaker & Author
Consolee Nishimwe is an author, a motivational speaker and a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She suffered physical and emotional torture during her three months in hiding and miraculously survived with her mother and younger sister. Today, Consolee is a committed speaker on the genocide, a defender of women rights and an advocate for other genocide survivors. She released her memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope. Hailed by the Together for Girls Organization in SAFE Magazine Issue #1 as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children, Consolee has received many awards including the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award, and the What Better Looks Like Award.
Head of Strategy and Member Engagement for NEXUS
Social entrepreneur, impact investor and story teller David Dietz is Head of Strategy and Member Engagement for NEXUS, a global thought community that brings together leading next-gen social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and changemakers to catalyze new leadership and accelerate solutions to our world's most critical problems. David was also the founder of Modavanti, the largest online sustainable fashion retailer. Modavanti was named best in Ethical Fashion by Instyle Magazine, and Honoree for Best for NYC by B Corp and the City. Additionally David serves as a board member of Georgetown University's Entrepreneurship Alliance working to expand Georgetown's entrepreneurial community. Previously David served as a conflict journalist in the Middle East where he reported on the Arab Spring. David holds his degree from Georgetown University.
Founder, Liberty Global
Duncan Jepson founder and managing director of Liberty Global | Asia, a leading global anti-trafficking NGO on anti-human trafficking, modern slavery and exploitation. It uses existing anti-money laundering infrastructure and laws to disrupt the supply of banking and financial services to the funding of modern slavery and human trafficking. With the support of the US State Dept, Liberty Global | Asia has developed and implemented the only victim case management system for NGOs to manage, store, and analyze victim data. The system is currently used by 53 NGOs across Asia, Africa and the US with over 26,000 cases.
Jeffrey D. Brown
Jeffrey Brown is an Academy, Emmy and Peabody Award winner. His latest multi-award winning feature film, SOLD, is an adaptation of the best selling novel by Patricia McCormick, telling the story of a brave, thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal coerced into bonded sexual slavery. The film also provides the opportunity to take action through the “Taught, Not Trafficked” campaign, which vocationally trains and employs survivors through partner organizations.
Melissa Jane Kronfeld
VP of Business Development, Charidy
Dr. Melissa Jane Kronfeld completed her Ph.D. at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. She received a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, as well as a M.S. in Global Affairs from both New York University & Rutgers University. Melissa also serves as the founding co-chair of the NEXUS Working Group on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery and is a UN representative for the NEXUS Global Youth Summit, the Blockchain For Impact Subcommittee on Slavery & Human Trafficking and the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development of New York.
Founder, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
In 1998, at just 23 years old, Rachel Lloyd founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). GEMS is now the largest service provider of its kind in the nation providing intensive services, support, outreach and education to 2800 individuals each year. She co-produced the Showtime documentary Very Young Girls, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us, and has advocated for survivors at the White House, the UN, and before Congress.
Rochel Leah Bernstein
Founder, Child Safety Pledge
Rochel Bernstein is a philanthropist, advocate, and the founder of Child Safety Pledge, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth-serving organizations, funders, and families with the resources to prevent child sexual abuse. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself, Ms. Bernstein focuses her philanthropic efforts on protecting children around the world and helping other survivors. She is the mother of four children and resides in Los Angeles, California.
CEO & Founder, Riana Group
Driven by a passion to seed and develop unique models, Hawatt is a leading entrepreneur with a career spanning over 30 years. Amongst his many philanthropic and charity related projects, Hawatt is also a Founding Member of the Global Sustainability Network, a worldwide network of over 200 global change makers working together to defend the dignity and freedom of human beings, with a core objective of ending modern slavery and human trafficking by the year 2025.
Seirah Royin is a professional actress and producer in Hollywood, CA. She plays the role of Mrs. Tripathi in the film, SOLD, directed by Oscar winner, Jeffrey Brown and Executive Produced by Oscar winner, Emma Thompson. Seirah is also an Associate Producer of the film. Seirah has served as an Ambassador for Childreach International and the #taughtnottrafficked campaign to fight human trafficking worldwide through education for children.
Co-Founder, Mentari Foundation
Born in Indonesia, in 2001, Shandra traveled to the US expecting a job in the hospitality industry, but was instead forced to work as a prostitute. She eventually escaped and helped convict her traffickers. She co-founded Voices of Hope, a survivor leadership group facilitated by Safe Horizon, and she founded the Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program, an organization aimed at empowering human trafficking victims. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama as one of 11 members of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.