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Florida Abolitionist is unique in its vision of ending human trafficking of all forms within the United States. Many organizations are tirelessly fighting human trafficking on an international scale but there is so much work to be done right here in the U.S. Despite increased media attention and legislative efforts, human trafficking remains pervasive in the U.S. FA is dedicated to addressing the crimes in “our own backyard” of Orlando and the surrounding region.
Florida Abolitionist (FA) is a non-governmental 501(c)3 organization established to campaign against modern-day slavery. FA’s approach is a focused strategy to educate, equip, and empower the community to action. Tomas J. Lares, the Founder and Executive Director of FA began his journey in 2004 when he learned about human trafficking. Even though Lares began his involvement in the anti-human trafficking movement in 2004 it was not until 2009 that he met with a group of modern-day abolitionists who became FA’s steering committee. Together they came up with the vision, mission, and objectives of Florida Abolitionist. Just like individuals of compassion that stood against slavery more than 150 years ago, the time has come once again to shout, “NOT ON MY WATCH!“
Florida Abolitionist’s Mission
Ending Modern-Day Human Slavery