Shine A Light

Shine A Light

Hear from Verjine, Director of the Second Chance Project at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center

End Slavery Now launched in 2009 by Lauren Taylor in Washington, DC with four features: an action database, an organization directory, learning resources and store. By 2013, the organization outgrew its Washington, DC office, and its leaders knew it was time to find a larger home.

That fall, the organization moved to Cincinnati, Ohio - the former gatekeeper to the Underground Railroad - and joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Today, End Slavery Now is owned and operated by the Freedom Center as a part of its contemporary antislavery program. End Slavery now still operates three of the original tools (the Action Library, the Antislavery Directory and learning resources) and features many more.

There are an estimated 21 million to 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. It’s sometimes called “Modern-Day Slavery” and sometimes “Human Trafficking." At all times it is slavery at its core.

Learn more about the six forms of enslavement used by End Slavery Now.

Awareness is one of the biggest issues surrounding Human Trafficking because of its hidden nature—people don't know what to look for or they think it can't happen in their community. We hope through the Shine A Light experience, you have a better idea of how this crime can be hard to identify. End Slavery Now hosts an Action Library with tasks YOU can do. You don't need to be in social services, a police officer, or a lawyer to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.

1-888-373-7888 or text "HELP" or "INFO" to 233733

The National Human Trafficking Hotline by The Polaris Project operates a 24/7 hotline with specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates in case you or someone you know needs help. Support is offered in more than 200 languages.

To report a potential human trafficking situation, call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or submit a tip online here.