When Tomas J. Lares came face to face with the grim reality of human trafficking in 2004, he was shocked into action. He channelled his deep sense of justice into the formation of the United Abolitionists, a beacon of hope in Central Florida’s fight against this modern-day form of slavery.

Tomas J. Lares, founder and president of United Abolitionists, has been in this fight for 19 years on a path that intertwines tenacity, dedication, and relentless pursuit of justice. Born from a startling revelation, his commitment has only grown stronger over the years.

The United Abolitionists have risen to become a formidable force against human trafficking in Central Florida. Their first-response resources, such as a dedicated hotline, victim care coordination, and comprehensive training on identifying and reporting potential trafficking cases, have made a significant impact on the lives of survivors.

This week marked another crucial milestone. United Abolitionists undertook the vital task of training every officer in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to recognize and combat human trafficking in their community.

As we look back on the past 19 years, we are reminded not only of the strides we’ve made but of the long road that lies ahead. The fight against human trafficking is ongoing, but together, we can make a difference.

We invite you to join us in our mission to Stop Human Trafficking! Your support is critical in our fight for justice and freedom!