In 2021, we expanded our global network to include a groundbreaking policy branch. When we put each of our 11 strategies to end trafficking under a microscope—strategies like intervention, awareness, counter demand, law enforcement, etc., we realized that every one of these strategies is impacted and driven by policy efforts.
And when the right laws and application codes are not in place to provide a framework to protect our global work, the local efforts to combat trafficking become less impactful.
Our Policy efforts aim to support our Local Partners to grow in influence and strengthen laws and public policies to make our work in prevention, education, survivor care, etc., more effective than ever before.
Our policy work currently happens in Uganda, Romania, the United Kingdom, Central Asia, India, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Spain.
In 2021, 4,395 government leaders and legislators were trained in policy efforts to enforce anti-trafficking laws, protect survivors and make sex trafficking illegal.