Freedom in Disasters is a for-purpose, not-for-profit organisation that works across the globe to prevent disaster victims from becoming human trafficking victims.
Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. It is a form of modern slavery.
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, displacement is likely to occur, giving space for traffickers to operate and exploit affected people and their desire for safety. Men, women and children are being exploited when they are most vulnerable – which is the horrific reality for millions of disaster survivors.
Human Trafficking can take many forms during a disaster, most commonly:
- Forced labor
- Domestic servitude
- Sexual exploitation (and abuse)
- Recruitment for combat or gangs (more common in crisis situations)
- (And more recently) organ trafficking
Freedom in Disasters was founded to combat these forms of exploitations during and after disasters.
We work with a variety of partners in different parts of this world to combat exploitation in disasters. With the help of likeminded organisations, we are able to run projects and programs that address human trafficking at many levels, recognising the complexity of this twenty first century problem. Our initiatives and impact framework detail how we approach this illicit trade and how we work with others to put a stop to it.
Our vision is a world where disasters are not used to exploit vulnerable men, women and children but are the catalyst to end modern slavery.
We envisage a world where the disaster relief, the development, and law enforcement sectors combine forces and capitalise on the ‘opportunity’ that disasters provide to end human trafficking in all forms.
FiD, also known as the International Institute for Counter Trafficking in Disasters, provides a platform to share international best-practice approaches, brings stakeholders together, and enables localised approaches to make an impact.
We collaborate with academic organisations, corporations, and other social enterprises to make a difference at local level, while simultaneously advancing the scientific knowledgebase of counter human trafficking in disasters.
We predominantly rely on donations, government funding, and self-generated income to provide our services to the international community.
If you can, help us to make a difference and donate to support one or more of our initiatives around the globe.
Join our Newsletter to get the latest news from the fight against human trafficking
Want to stay in touch and get regular updates about our fight against human trafficking in disasters? All you have to do is to enter your details below.