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The Complete Guide To Ethical Fashion Brands Fighting Human Trafficking (Part 2)

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Anti-slavery.org defines human trafficking as "a process of enslaving people, coercing them into a situation with no way out, and exploiting them." 
What you may or may not know is that human trafficking takes place within legitimate businesses from coffee and chocolate farms to electronics factories, with corporations using human trafficking as a means to maximize profits.  (You can look up the Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor or download the Sweat and Toil app to learn more.) 
There are many ways you can join in the fight against this, including volunteering and supporting anti-trafficking efforts, hosting awareness-raising events and organizing a fundraising for anti-trafficking organizations.  It is time to rethink where you spend your money and invest in socially responsible businesses. 

In Part One of my Complete Guide, I shared a list of companies and non-profits that are stepping up to provide opportunities and empowerment. Let's take a look at Part Two today!

Rethreaded Sari Bari
Rethreaded's mission is to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking through local employment in various facets of the company in Jacksonville, Florida and global business. They also as a distribution company for like-minded businesses who also employ women who have found freedom from the sex trade. Sari Bari products are sewn by brave survivors of trafficking who are creating a life of freedom for themselves and their families. The products are made using an ancient Bengali embroidery technique called kantha and signed by the artisan according to tradition. 
Sela Designs Sevenly
Sela Designs is about the changing the world one piece of jewelry at a time, with 100% of their profit donated to organizations like Mercy House Global and International Justice Mission. Handmade in small production runs in their Manitowoc, WI studio, the modern nature-inspired designs use eco-friendly tagua nuts, fiber and metal.  
Sevenly is recognized as one of America’s leading social good company and  was founded on the mission of leading a generation towards generosity. They design and sell T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts that bear inspirational messages, with $7 from every sale going to its related cause. 
Starfish Project Sudara
Starfish Project restores hope to exploited women in Asia, providing life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and their social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. They have employed over 130 women and has served thousands through their Community Outreach Services.
Sudara is a benefit corporation that gives hope and opportunity through living-wage jobs, skills training, and education to women finding freedom from sex slavery. Their non-profit arm Sudara Freedom Fund provides safe-housing for women, equipment for new or growing sewing centers and back-to-school programs.
The Brave Collection The Priceless Collection
The Brave Collection is a line of handmade jewelry that grants talented artisans in Cambodia access to to the global market .10% of their profits are donated to fight human trafficking in the country and they work with partners who support programming that empowers vulnerable Cambodian girls. The Priceless Collection is a line of jewelry made from coins that symbolise the purchase of women who are sold into the sex trade. 25% of their profit go to Freedom 418 in Southeast Asia where women pulled out of sex trafficking are provided a safe home, career training, education and a gospel-centered curriculum.
The Sparrow Studio The Tote Project
The Sparrow Studio is a marketplace for handmade jewelry, accessories and home decor from a women co-op in Africa. The women are paid fair wages and the products are made by hand from recycled goods from their surrounding environment for their one-of-a-kind designs. 
The Tote Project was founded on the belief that all people have the right to feel empowered, restored and free. They partner with ethical manufacturers that follow fair trade principles and give 10% of their profits to Two Wings, a non-profit that empowers sex trafficking survivors  through mentoring programs, life skills classes and career training workshops.
Trades of Hope Tonlé
Trades of Hope is a fair trade, direct selling company with a simple mission to empower women out of poverty through sustainable business, working with both the artisans directly and organizations that are helping women in challenging circumstances, including sex slavery survivors. The artisans are paid fully up-front and receive a living wage that is usually 3-6 times the average income in their country.  Tonlé is a zero-waste fashion company that work with scrap waste sourced from mass clothing manufacturers, using every last thread to create handmade clothing and accessories signed by their Cambodian makers. The artisans all earn fair wages and benefits, including a generous vacation package, free lunch, training opportunities, and team retreats.
UNCVRD’s mission is to bring awareness to the fight against slavery and empower women and girls by cultivating our creative gifts. 40% of the proceeds from each sale goes directly to their local partners to help fund street outreach, programming for their survivors, preventative measures and more.
Velé is a travel accessories brand with a global mission to redefine industry practices to empower, rather than exploit, through an impact model of conscious production and nonprofit partnership. 10% of each purchase goes to Not For Sale to invest in the future of those most vulnerable to human trafficking through the growth of social enterprises.

All photos in this post are credited to the respective brands.  

Learn more about the typologies of modern day slavery and connect with anti-trafficking organizations here. Click here for Part 1 of the Complete Guide!

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