Orlando United

The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in the history of our Orlando community. Unbridled hatred aimed at innocent people has sent our city reeling. Families will never be the same. Hearts are broken. Prayers are lifted. Eyes have been opened. We mourn with those who mourn and our tears have been many. […]

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Parent to Parent: Protecting Your Child in the Cyber Age

I used to think the terrible two’s were bad.  In hind sight, I’m starting to think being a parent to a teen in this age is probably more terrifying. Thankfully my son is just a 5 year old now, but the fact that he is asking me for a tablet boggles my mind. Whatever happened to trains and […]

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Florida is Fighting for Freedom

Human trafficking must be fought on a multitude of fronts. Today, Florida Abolitionist was recognized for our leadership in the fight by State Attorney Jeff Ashton. In addition to this wonderful accolade, Mayor Teresa Jacobs took time during the press conference to commend our Executive Director, Tomas Lares, for his work as a pioneer and being […]

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Targeted and Recruited

Stacie* worked hard at the fast food restaurant after school and on weekends to get some extra spending money and to save up for college. She did well in school and everything seemed to be going great for her. A friend from school laughed when she heard how much money she was making in fast […]

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Collaboration Is Critical

One organization will never end human trafficking alone. In the same way it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes an entire community and network of organizations to end modern-day slavery. In Orlando, we are grateful for the wonderful partnerships we have among like-minded individuals and organizations through the Greater-Orlando Human Trafficking […]

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Modern-day Abolitionist Pioneer

Our Executive and Associate Directors had the privilege of participating in a small meeting with Dr. Kevin Bales, one of the pioneers of the modern-day abolitionist movement. For over 20 years, Dr. Bales has studied, reported, and worked to stop the global epidemic of slavery. A social scientist by trade, Dr. Bales first estimated the […]

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2016

The winds of change were blowing on a blustery day in Orlando, yesterday. Committed volunteers, community members, and leaders braved the wind and Florida cold to take a stand against modern day slavery at the 8th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. Their voices were heard loud and clear – […]

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Raising Awareness for Human Trafficking

Awareness = knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. A day set aside to bring knowledge to the world about the horrible fact that slavery still exists at a greater scale today than any other time in history. This terrible reality doesn’t only take place in foreign lands […]

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National Weekend of Prayer

Children taken, innocence stolen, manipulation, fear, abuse, and exploitation are all ways to describe the evil that is human trafficking. This modern-day slavery is rampant globally and exists even in the nicest of American cities. Evil on this scale demands an equally grand resistance. Such good is only found in a God who is loving […]

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150 Years of Freedom

By 1860, 4.5 Million people were enslaved in the United States. The Civil War that soon followed ripped apart the nation but led the way for freedom. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, giving freedom to anyone enslaved in states that were rebelling against the Union. This proclamation shifted the focus of the war largely towards […]

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