Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
CAST champions a comprehensive, survivor-centered approach to ending modern-day slavery. The organization's attorneys and social workers empower victims of domestic and international trafficking to become survivors who can advocate for others.
CAST is the only organization in the United States that offers services all along the continuum of a survivor's journey. CAST's survivor leadership program connects survivors from across the nation with the purpose of impacting legislation, raising awareness, and preventing others from falling prey to traffickers. The leadership program is an important network for support, education, and advocacy.
In October 2013, Maria Suarez, a CAST volunteer, human trafficking survivor and anti-human trafficking advocate, was honored by the California Community Foundation as an "Unsung Hero."