Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

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The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), "a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1998 in the wake of the El Monte sweatshop case where 72 Thai garment workers were kept for eight years in slavery and debt bondage. Upon their release and under the leadership of CAST’s founder Dr. Kathryn MacMahon, a group of concerned community activists realized something needed to be done to address the re-emergence of slavery in our own backyards. With this in mind, CAST was created to provide intensive case management, comprehensive services, and advocacy to survivors healing from the unspeakable violence endured during slavery. Today, CAST is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization located in Los Angeles that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of trafficking survivors, the mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and the provision of direct services for victims.

"With an annual budget of $1.8M a year, CAST provides comprehensive long-term services through a three-pronged empowerment approach which includes Social Services, Legal Services, and Outreach and Training." [1]


Accessed May 2009: [3]

  • Sr. Catherine Marie Kreta - Board President, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Kevin R. Davis - Board Vice-President, Entrepreneur
  • Rachel J. Lee - Board Treasurer, Cityview; Director, Market Research and Strategy
  • Sal Varela - Board Secretary; President, J and G Development Co. LLC
  • Patricia Buske - Board Member; Vice President of Finance & Administration, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Kathryn McMahon - Board Member; Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach
  • Chancee Martorell - Board Member; Executive Director, Thai Community Development Center
  • Julie Thompson - Board Member; Independent Producer
  • Keely O'Callaghan - Board Member; Senior Program Manager, Fannie Mae
  • Molly Rhodes - Board Member; General Manager, Apparel News
  • Liliana T. Perez - Board Member; Senior Consultant, Speaker's Office of Member Services, Speaker of the California State Assembly, Karen Bass
  • Kay Buck - Executive Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery &Trafficking (CAST)


Accessed May 2009: [4]

Coalition Members

CAST is, by its name, a coalition of organizations who share a commitment to human rights and social justice by ending the modern-day slave trade. [5]

Humanity United Action Group to Combat Human Trafficking

Freedom Network USA

Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Task Force on Human Trafficking

  • 1736 Family Crisis Center
  • Adult Protection Services
  • Alexandria House
  • Angels Flight
  • Animal Issues
  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center
  • Asian Pacific Legal Center
  • Association of the United States Army
  • California Department of Social Services – Refugee Program
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Casa de La Familia
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for the Pacific Asian Family
  • Chinatown Service Center
  • City Attorney’s Office
  • Clinica Oscar Romero
  • Community Service Program
  • Councilmember Tony Cardenas
  • Covenent House
  • Department of Child and Family Services (Los Angeles County)
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Social Services
  • East Los Angeles Women’s Center
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Filipino-American Service Group Inc
  • Garment Worker Center
  • Greater Los Angeles Center on Deafness
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Lideres Campesinas
  • Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Los Angeles Clinical Social Workers
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
  • Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office
  • Los Angeles Youth Network (Hollywood Youth Shelter)
  • LoneStar
  • Long Beach Police Department
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department/Major Crimes
  • Los Angeles Police Dept
  • Mary Magdalene Project
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Oasis USA
  • Ocean Park Community Center
  • Pals for Health
  • Peace Over Violence
  • Polaris Project
  • Program for Torture Victims Los Angeles
  • Prostitution R&E
  • Public Counsel
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
  • Saban Family Clinic
  • Salvation Army
  • Sisters of Norte Dame
  • South Asian Network
  • Thai Community Development Center
  • Tongan Community Service Center
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Inforcement
  • United Cambodian Community

Southern California Partners for Social Justice

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Daughters of Charity
  • Daughters of Mary and Joseph
  • Dominican Sisters San Jose Mission
  • Immaculate Heart Community
  • Office of Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
  • Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus
  • Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • Sisters of St. Louis
  • Sisters of Social Service

STOP (Sex Trafficking Outreach Project) Partners

  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
  • City of West Hollywood, Russian Advisory Board
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

Sweat Free Advisory Group:



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. history, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, accessed May 14, 2009.
  2. Network Members, Freedom Network (USA), accessed July 8, 2009.
  3. Directors, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, accessed May 18, 2009.
  4. Funders, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, accessed May 27, 2009.
  5. Coalition Members, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, accessed May 18, 2009.