Competition Announced to Spur Innovative City-Wide Responses to Human Trafficking

The Partnership for Freedom, in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, today launched Pathways to Freedom, a challenge for U.S. cities to prevent human trafficking and address the unmet needs of human trafficking survivors.

The challenge begins with a city competition to encourage and support innovative community-wide responses to human trafficking. Twenty-four U.S. cities within the 100 Resilient Cities network will compete for funding for a senior fellow to strengthen anti-trafficking policies and practices.

The fellows will serve directly in municipal government and work across multiple city government agencies and with a range of community stakeholders to create and begin to implement a city-wide policy blueprint on human trafficking.

Three cities will receive  grants from the Partnership for Freedom based on their commitment to addressing the needs of all victims of sex and labor trafficking and engaging multiple city systems beyond law enforcement. Cities will also be judged on strategies for community engagement and city leadership support and resources for the fellow.

Each senior fellow will serve for two years and collaborate with fellows working in the other two cities selected. Senior fellows can be placed in the Mayor or Chief Executive’s office or a city agency, as long as they are a direct report or within two reporting lines to the Mayor or Chief Executive. Their work will be documented on the Pathways to Freedom website and shared with city leaders and service providers in other cities to support similar efforts.

The city competition is part of Pathways to Freedom, a campaign to challenge assumptions about human trafficking, spur innovative city-wide responses, and share local solutions to combat human trafficking. Pathways to Freedom is the third and final challenge of the Partnership for Freedom, a public-private partnership dedicated to promoting innovative solutions to end modern day slavery in the United States and around the world. Humanity United and the NoVo Foundation are leading the challenge in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities.

Applications are due by 11:59 PDT on October 20, 2017.

Chief Resilience Officers are encouraged to spread the word and help their cities apply.

For more information on the campaign and the city competition, visit Pathways to Freedom.


About Humanity United

Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. We build, lead, and support efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. HU is part of the Omidyar Group, which represents the philanthropic, personal, and professional interests of the Omidyar family.

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About NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women and supporting adolescent girls.  NoVo also works to advance social and emotional learning, support Indigenous communities and promote local living economies.

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About 100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.

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