Mission: To assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work towards ending all instances of such human rights violations.
Programs: Empowerment:the cast client services program is a comprehensive social service model designed to help survivors of human trafficking recover from their trafficking experience and become self-sufficient. These services include access to food, shelter, job training, intensive case management and survivor leadership. Within the cast services model, clients are transformed from victims to survivors and in some cases, advocates against modern day slavery.
legal/ policy:cast attorneys empower survivors to assert their legal rights and choose appropriate remedies to rebuild their lives. The legal services program works collaboratively with survivors, community-based organizations, public-interest attorneys and numerous government agencies to ensure survivors of human trafficking are provided culturally-sensitive, victim-centered legal representation. Along with its in-house legal team, cast's pro bono attorneys dedicate their time and talent assisting with immigration advocacy, criminal victim-witness advocacy, civil litigation, family law and cutting edge policy initiatives.
partnerships / outreach/ training:cast's advocacy work is directly informed by the real experiences of the clients it serves. Cast initiates all of its outreach and policy initiatives by engaging our main constituents: survivors themselves. By organizing survivors of trafficking, cast launched the survivor advisory caucus, a one-of-a-kind leadership development program where members of the caucus speak publicly on behalf of all survivors of trafficking. Cast also provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement officials, health and human service providers, attorneys, and community, government and faith based organizations, which help it identify trafficked persons and ensure that they receive fair treatment as victims of crime.
The one time we phoned to ask for assistance to help a trafficking victim, we were let down. The advocate, Teri, phoned the woman, told her that their shelter was full and then either hung up the phone or her call dropped. But she did not phone her back. Trafficking victims have already had their trust betrayed. Most would only have one call in them to make. I tried phoning CAST to get a hold of the worker who talked with the woman. I was told I would be called right back. It is over a week and no call. I left two messages for the executive director, who, by the way, makes over $125,000 a year, but was both times phoned back by someone else, who offered only vague explanations. Most of these anti-trafficking organizations perform about the same. Jada Pinkett Smith is on the web holding signs saying, "I free slaves." Her manager, who owns her anti-trafficking website, Don't Sell Bodies, does not return calls, nor does her webmaster return emails. I could go on and on. Most of this is a dog and pony show. Pay me $125,000 and not only will I provide dogs and ponies, but elephants and clowns.