The donation, which is considered one of the largest grants to organizations fighting slavery, will go to a number of international groups, led by the International Justice Mission, a Washington-based human rights organization that seeks to rescue victims of slavery.
“Many people are surprised to learn there are more people trapped in slavery today than any time in history,” said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google. “The good news is that there are solutions.”
Under the grant, the International Justice Mission will partner with the Polaris Project and Slavery Footprint and several smaller organizations for the multi-year effort to rescue the enslaved, push for better infrastructure and resources for anti-slavery enforcement agencies overseas, as well as raise awareness in the United States and help countries draft anti-slavery legislation.
“It's hard for most Americans to believe that slavery and human trafficking are still massive problems in our world,” said Gary A. Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission.
“But it’s not hard to believe for the more than 27 million men, women and children held in slavery today,” Haugen said.
“This oppression is now against the law, but millions don't get the benefit of law enforcement. To accelerate America's leadership in helping rescue and protect those most vulnerable at home and overseas, Google's support now makes it possible for IJM to join forces with two other leading organizations so we can bring to bear our unique strengths in a united front.”
Leaders of the organizations say that the trafficking of women for the sex trade is not just a problem internationally, but also common in major cities in the United States. They explain that many who have immigrated illegally to the United States have found themselves forced to work in sweatshops or as domestic servants under the threat of deportation.
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