Human Rights

Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking

Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking

The Human Rights team engages actively in advocacy efforts to address violence against women and girls through participation several national and international workgroups focused on gender-based violence. Vital Voices is represented on the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), The Coalition to End Violence and Women and Girls Globally,

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 human trafficking and modern slavery around the world. We advocate for lasting solutions to prevent 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 include: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), End Child Prostitution and Trafficking – USA (ECPAT-USA), Free the Slaves, Futures Without Violence, International Justice Mission (IJM), National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), National Network for Youth (NN4Y), Polaris, Safe Horizon, Solidarity Center, Verité, and Vital Voices Global Partnership.

ATEST is supported by Humanity United and Humanity United Action, U.S.-based nonprofits dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable.

The Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls Globally consists of more than 200 organizations whose combined expertise, experience, programmatic work, and collaboration with local activists make it a powerful resource and ally on issues related to the prevention of and response to violence against women and girls.

The Coalition:

  • Builds public support and raises awareness to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls globally;
  • Highlights the issue for Congress and the Administration and urges the United States Government to elevate diplomatic and programmatic work on this issue, establish systematic mechanisms that institutionalize this work, and ensure that it is dealt with intentionally and comprehensively as a permanent component of U.S. foreign policy; and
  • Advocates for a holistic multi-sectoral approach that promotes and shares best practices to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including: social norm change campaigns; engagement with men and boys; accessible quality education; increased health sector capacity; technical assistance and capacity building for community-based organizations; development and enforcement of civil, criminal legal, and judicial sanctions, protections, trainings, and capacity; promotion of economic opportunity; elimination of obstacles to women’s political participation; as well as, research and data collection to measure impact.

 Girls Not Brides USA, the US national partnership to end child marriage, is an advocacy coalition composed of over 50 organisations and has been working for nearly a decade to elevate and prioritise the U.S. Government’s engagement on this issue globally. The coalition was instrumental in the inclusion of child marriage in the 2013 Reauthorization of VAWA and has been advocating for the “whole of government approach” that is reflected in the Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.


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