Seattle Against Slavery is a grassroots coalition working to mobilize our community in the fight against sex and labor trafficking. Driven by the belief that the rights and dignity of every person should be respected, we build partnerships that unite passionate volunteers and advocates with local and national non-governmental organizations and government agencies.
Together with our partners, we work to address the root causes of sex and labor trafficking, while also advocating for the rights of survivors. SAS seeks to raise awareness and create comprehensive solutions to prevent human trafficking, better advocate for victims, enhance survivor care, and build capacity for direct service providers.
Seattle Against Slavery mobilizes our community in the fight against labor and sex trafficking through education, advocacy and collaboration with local and national partners.
Seattle Against Slavery envisions a community where no one is exploited for labor or sex.
On June 4, 2009 in the wake of the first annual UNBOUND Conference, a meeting of 42 anti-trafficking activists was hosted by The Freedom Initiative’s Kelly Hogan and International Justice Mission (IJM) volunteer Alex Sum. Informed by local service providers and trafficking survivors, the vision for Seattle Against Slavery was born. SAS grew from a group of passionate individuals to a volunteer-led organization, and in 2012, hired its first professional staff.
Since 2009, Seattle Against Slavery has become a statewide leader in supporting laws to help trafficking survivors, raising community awareness about the existence of local trafficking, and training those in key positions to identify and report possible trafficking situations. Through continued partnerships at the state, county, and local level, SAS has become a catalyst for change in the fight to end human trafficking in Washington.