To assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights abuses.
CAST was founded in Los Angeles in 1998 in response to the infamous El Monte sweatshop case, in which 72 Thai garment workers were kept for periods of up to seven years in conditions of slavery and debt bondage. CAST has since become a pioneering leader in the anti-trafficking movement in the United States, serving hundreds of trafficked persons through case management, counseling, and financial support; training thousands of law enforcement, government, and community-based agencies in order to identify more victims; and effectively advocating for numerous anti-trafficking policy measures at a local, state, and federal level. CAST’s activities are interconnected by a client-centered approach that seeks to empower survivors of trafficking to fully realize their individual potential while advancing the human rights of all trafficked survivors. In 2004, CAST opened the first shelter for survivors of trafficking in the United States.
CAST is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency. In 2004 CAST received the California Association of
Nonprofits Innovation Award.
1. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.