The A21 Campaign

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The A21 Campaign (commonly referred to as "A21") is a global 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to fight human trafficking, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, forced slave labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, and child soldiery.[2][3][failed verification][4][5] The organization was founded by Christine Caine, an international motivational speaker, in 2008.[6] The A21 Campaign aims to "abolish slavery everywhere, forever," and focuses on combatting slavery around the world through educational awareness and prevention, the protection of victims, the prosecution of traffickers, and various partnerships.[6] The A21 Campaign has branches in the Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, The United States and more.[7]

The A21 Campaign
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Founded2008; 14 years ago (2008)
Australia
FounderChristine Caine
TypeNon-profit
INGO
HeadquartersCosta Mesa, California, United States
Location
  • Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Denmark, Greece, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, The United States
ServicesCombating human trafficking, slavery and bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, and child soldiery
Nick Caine
Websitewww.a21.org

HistoryEdit

Christine Caine, a leader from Hillsong Church, founded The A21 Campaign organization in 2008 after she discovered what she believes to be insufficient action taken against human trafficking.[3][4][5][6][8][9][10][11][12][13] Her husband, Nick Caine, is the organization's director.[14]

WorkEdit

The A21 Campaign develops global programs and initiatives to inform the general public about human trafficking, as well as encouraging the public to fight against trafficking in their own way. The A21 Campaign is one of few international organizations addressing the human trafficking problem in Europe.[8][9] Recent UN findings show that the former Soviet Union, as well as other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, have replaced Asia as the main source of women trafficked to Western Europe.[8][9] In addition, Western Europe contains many of the highest-ranking destination countries in the Human Trafficking Citation Index.[8][9]

According to their mission statement, The A21 Campaign works towards:

  • Prevention, through awareness and education. They have created student programs and curriculum resources for schools, orphanages, and universities to educate potential victims and the general public about trafficking. The Campaign has released their US certified high school program called "Bodies are Not Commodities", which seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking amongst ninth and tenth graders. The goal is to teach students to help prevent human trafficking before it begins, making use of all forms of communication, from their abolitionist A-teams raising awareness to global mass media.[15][failed verification]
  • Protection, by providing care through their shelters and transition homes across Europe. These shelters and transition homes are safe places for victims. The A21 Campaign works to move trafficking survivors past crisis to stabilization, equip them with skills they can use in the future, and assist them with making the next step after they leave the homes.[15]
  • Prosecution of traffickers and the strengthening the legal response to human trafficking. The A21 Campaign offers legal counsel to every victim in their care, and represents them in criminal proceedings.[15]
  • Partnering with local law enforcement, service providers, and community members to meet a comprehensive set of needs for those rescued from bondage.[15]

Their efforts are focused in and supported by teams in Greece, Ukraine, Australia, US, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Norway, South Africa, Thailand, and Spain, where trafficking is most active.[7] Greece, a destination country for human trafficking, and other Eastern European countries, including Ukraine and Bulgaria, are countries of origin, and increasingly countries of destination, for victims of trafficking.[8] The United States of America, Great Britain, and Australia are destination countries for trafficking victims, while South Africa and Thailand are both sources and destinations for trafficking victims.[8][9]

FundingEdit

The A21 Campaign is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.[3][6][13][16] The organization is funded through donations from individuals, faith-based organizations, businesses and other partnerships.[6][13][16] One partner of The A21 Campaign is the Row for Freedom team. This all-female UK team rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, following an old slave trade route from the Canary Islands to Barbados, and crossed over 2,600 miles in a record-setting 45 days to raise awareness and funding for The A21 Campaign.[17][18]

RecognitionEdit

The A21 Campaign was referenced in both the 2011 and the 2012 publications of the United States Department of State publication of the Trafficking in Persons Report.[19][20]

The A21 Campaign partnered with recording artist Matt Redman and LZ7 to release a single titled Twenty Seven Million. The song was inspired by The A21 Campaign and was aimed at raising global awareness and was released on February 27 of 2012, in recognition of the estimated 27 million slaves throughout the world today.[8][9][21][22][23] The A21 Campaign was also featured on the Global Freedom Report to raise awareness of human trafficking, while A21 representative Phil Hyldgaard was named a 2012 TIP Report Hero by the U.S. Department of State.[20][24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who We Are". A21. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  2. ^ Smith, Brittany (2012-01-17). "A21 Raises Awareness for Human Trafficking in the New Year". www.christianpost.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  3. ^ a b c "A21". A21. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  4. ^ a b Skinner, Melissa (2014-02-04). "Christine Caine Tells Youth: Take Risks for the Kingdom". Charisma News. Liberty University News Service. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  5. ^ a b Short, Gail Allyn (2010-07-21). "Christine Caine: Hillsong Church, The A21 Campaign". www.outreachmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  6. ^ a b c d e Kavanagh, Jim (2011-06-16). "Abolishing sex slavery by helping one girl at a time". The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery. CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  7. ^ a b "Where We Work | A21". A21. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. "Trafficking in Persons Report 2013". www.state.gov. U.S. Department of State > Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  9. ^ a b c d e f United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2013-01-24). Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012 (PDF). Vienna. ISBN 9789210558969. OCLC 862980449.
  10. ^ United Nations News Service (2009-10-16). "UN agency calls for better monitoring to combat human trafficking in Europe". UN News Centre. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  11. ^ Iselin, Brian (November 2002). "Barriers to Effective Human Trafficking Enforcement" (PDF). unodc.un.or.th. Honolulu, HI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-18. The Human Rights Challenge of Globalization in Asia-Pacific US: Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; Honolulu, November 13–15, 2002
  12. ^ Althoff, Allison J. (2013-07-01). "Christine Caine: Abused but Not Defeated". Today's Christian Woman. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  13. ^ a b c Smith, Brittany (2012-01-16). "Christine Caine at Orange Code: God Doesn't Believe in Expiration Dates". www.christianpost.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  14. ^ Amelia, Abplanalp (2015-10-06). "Nick Caine, anti-trafficking campaigner". Evangelical Alliance. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  15. ^ a b c d "A21". A21. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  16. ^ a b "The A21 Campaign Inc - GuideStar Profile". www.guidestar.org. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  17. ^ Macguire, Eoghan (2012-02-16). "Naked rowers break Atlantic record". CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  18. ^ "Row For Freedom". rowforfreedom.com. 2016-10-18. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18.
  19. ^ Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. "Trafficking in Persons Report 2011". www.state.gov. U.S. Department of State > Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  20. ^ a b Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. "Trafficking in Persons Report 2012". www.state.gov. U.S. Department of State > Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Archived from the original on 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  21. ^ Sun, Eryn (2012-03-09). "Matt Redman, LZ7's 'Twenty Seven Million' to Awaken Church on Human Trafficking". www.christianpost.com. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  22. ^ Cummings, Tony (2012-03-04). "Matt Redman & LZ7: Twenty Seven Million reasons to buy their song - Matt Redman". www.crossrhythms.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  23. ^ "Matt Redman & LZ7's Lindz West Perform '27 Million' Single At Passion 2012 Conference". louderthanthemusic.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  24. ^ "The Global Freedom Report". www.americafreedomreport.com. 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2018-01-05.

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