Announced by President Obama September 2012, the Partnership for Freedom is a public-private partnership to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges.
To support this mission, the Partnership for Freedom will collaborate on a series of three Innovation Challenges to inspire, reward, pilot, and potentially scale constructive solutions to end trafficking and support survivors.
- The first Challenge, Reimagine: Opportunity, ran from 2013-2014 with the goal of improving the infrastructure of support for survivors of modern slavery in the United States. Winners will implement their projects from 2014-206.
- The second Challenge, Rethink Supply Chains, launched in 2015 to surface, support, and share innovative applications of technology to address labor trafficking and exploitation in global supply chains.
- The third Challenge will launch in 2016 and will focus on changing attitudes, policies, and processes to ensure that survivors of trafficking are treated with the dignity they deserve.
The Partnership for Freedom is led by Humanity United, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor. Private efforts are supported by Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative, the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and a growing list of private donors. All funding for prizes is provided by private donors.
We are looking for new ideas and new partnerships that lead to innovative and sustainable paths to end human trafficking and support the survivors of trafficking around the world.
We want to see new players, new skills, new ideas, and new energy enter the anti-trafficking conversation. To solve this problem, we must find new ways to work together across traditional silos – among business and community groups; with survivors; across borders, regions, and localities; and between faith, class and neighborhood lines.
We need to see more support in this space to end slavery and support the needs of survivors of modern slavery.
We need more data that has integrity and relevance, and can be harnessed to communicate not only the scope or the horrors of trafficking, but also the gaps, successes, and improvements along the way.
The Partnership for Freedom is led by Humanity United, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor. The NoVo Foundation has joined the Partnership for the third challenge, Pathways to Freedom. Additional private efforts under the Partnership for Freedom are supported by Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund.