How to help fishermen rescued from slavery at sea in SE Asia; catch reaches US supply chains

Associated Press

Aid groups are working to support and settle hundreds of men rescued from slavery at sea in Southeast Asia. The money will be used to help victims seek justice and rebuild lives.

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ANTI-SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL

A crowd-sourcing site has been set up by Anti-Slavery International to help victims rescued as a result of an Associated Press investigation, which found seafood from slaves in the supply chains of U.S. restaurants and supermarkets. The funds will provide economic, medical and legal support, and will help the rescued men seek back wages. Although the account is in British pounds, U.S. dollars can be donated there.

www.gofundme.com/afterslaveryatsea

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PROJECT ISSARA

A Bangkok-based nonprofit that helps exploited workers access support services and challenges human trafficking in Thailand.

http://www.projectissara.org/

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SLAVE FREE SEAS

A New Zealand-based organization focused on ending labor exploitation and abuse in the fishing industry around the world.

www.slavefreeseas.org

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COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION CENTER

A nonprofit that helps provide justice for Cambodians forced into labor or trafficked, including those made to fish for years in brutal conditions at sea.

www.clec.org.kh

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KAREN BAPTIST CONVENTION

The coordinating body of all Karen Baptist Churches in Myanmar. Assists in the resettlement and support of hundreds of Burmese men who have been rescued after years of slavery at sea and are now returning home.

www.kbccd.page.tl

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FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL

Friends International helps resettle rescued Laotian migrant workers trafficked and forced to fish. The organization also works with young people vulnerable to trafficking, providing alternatives and support.

www.friends-international.org