Last week CAFIN's Lottie Michael went to Oslo, Norway, to take part in the Walk for Freedom. She witnessed an endless line of people, all in black, with black tape covering their mouths, silently protesting the human trafficking (modern-day slavery), that still exists in the 21st Century.
A21, the non-profit organisation responsible for the march, exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century. The organisation has 4 main points of action:
Prevention – “A21 prevents human trafficking through awareness and education.” A21 have their own curriculum, providing education in schools, orphanages and universities to potential victims of human trafficking.
Protection – “A21 protects victims of human trafficking through restoration programs.” A21 offer support to local law enforcement with training, investigations and data collections through means of a human trafficking hotline.
Prosecution – “A21 pursues justice by prosecuting human traffickers.” A21 provides legal support and representation to the victims in their care.
Partnership – “A21 partners with people just like you to fight for freedom together.” Alongside those who share the desire to make a difference, and A21’s financial supporters, plan new prevention initiatives to help more victims of human trafficking.
At CAFIN we have a proactive role in preventing human injustice in the fashion industry. Shamefully most of the clothes we all wear today are created in conditions which can without a doubt be described as a state of slavery.
To find out more about a21 and the Walk For Freedom check their site here.