November Community Dinner
Public Act No. 16-71
United Nations University Convening
A primary goal of the Foundation is to increase the identification of those victimized and vulnerable to human trafficking and to improve the response of the law enforcement community. To accomplish this, we leverage the expertise of former federal law enforcement agents to facilitate local and international training engagements that improve intelligence-led investigations, victim identification, and the prosecution of criminal perpetrators. In 2017, the Foundation led a comprehensive training for police, prosecutors, lawyers, and victim service providers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The training session attracted 223 attendees and focused on the enforcement of U.S. laws pertaining to child sex tourism in foreign countries. On a state level, the Foundation provided training for the Fairfield County Detective School for 30 attendees on human trafficking investigations.
Combatting Transnational Organized Crime
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Training
The idea for a global campaign to help raise awareness and inspire action to combat modern-day slavery was incubated at Grace Farms in 2016, during a workshop hosted in collaboration with United Nations University. The workshop encouraged action by private organizations and individuals, motivating Grace Farms Foundation to create an international awareness and activism campaign capable of affecting systemic change. The idea resonated with WPP agencies Geometry Global and J. Walter Thompson and Shazam, who partnered with the Foundation to bring UNCHAIN to life and soft launch it during Grace Farms Foundation’s annual benefit in October 2017.
Through experiential marketing, interactive digital awareness campaigns, and powerful media strategy, UNCHAIN seeks to unify more than 2,000 NGOs fighting slavery under one message, while cultivating an ecosystem of businesses, governmental agencies, and influencers. The campaign has resonated with organizations and individuals alike, drawing widespread support from both dignitaries and philanthropists who attended the unveiling, including actor, director, producer, and activist Tony Goldwyn; New York City Ballet’s Silas Farley; author Corban Addison; United Nations permanent representative to Liechtenstein Amb. Christian Wenaweser; and many others.
In 2018, the Foundation focused its advocacy efforts on holding Backpage.com accountable for its role as one of the largest online platforms for sex trafficking. In February, Grace Farms Foundation joined six other prominent organizations – YWCA Greenwich, Global Partnership to End Human Trafficking, The Underground, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Center for Youth Leadership and Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions –to draft a co-signed letter to Connecticut State Attorney General, George Jepsen, asking his office to investigate and file suit against Backpage.com for its knowing participation in the trafficking of Connecticut’s children.
This type of continued commitment to raise attention to the harm caused by Backpage was a crucial contribution to the enforcement action that shut down Backpage’s website on April 5th. The victory represents another step forward in the Foundation’s efforts to demonstrate that the eradication of this heinous crime can, and must, happen and represents critical progress in our fight to end modern-day slavery.
Modern slavery is a $150 billion criminal industry with only $150 million in funding to combat it.
Almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises and over 2 million by the state or rebel groups.
Approximately 40.3 million people are currently trapped in a world of forced labor, sex trafficking, child marriage, and debt bondage that crosses international borders, cultures, and industries.
“We plan to disrupt and eradicate; first in Connecticut, and then across the nation.”
"We need revolutionary solutions."
"You rescue a body; you transition a mind."
"You're only as happy as your least happy child."
"There are more human slaves today than there have been ever before in our history."