Freedom Is Alive
Dear Friends, Partners & Abolitionists,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
What an incredible year this has been! Many of you receive our weekly text alerts as individuals who are victimized by sex and labor trafficking are recovered and/or identified by law enforcement or first responders. Unfortunately, due to capacity, we are not able to send alerts for every call we receive.
We have reached over 1,000 partners on this platform. Many of our partners state they also share these alerts on social via and with their circles. We are grateful that so many people like you are sending their prayers and support to these brave survivors. We receive calls daily on our hotline and also receive calls from the Naitonal Human Trafficking Hotline and other anti-trafficking organizations, hospitals, hotels, jails, and directly from survivors.
This year in July, ‘Kelli’ and her child escaped their trafficker and went to a Publix grocery store for help. Thankfully, the store manager had received training on identifying and reporting human trafficking and reached out to our hotline. ‘Kelli’ and her child were able to get out of their nightmare, received shelter, began therapy, and are on a road to healing. Precious individuals like ‘Kelli’ and her child are why we exist and do what we are called to do.
Since January 1st, we have educated 3,181 individuals, received 503 hotline calls, given out 170 rescue backpacks, provided 326 care services, and collaborated with 33 organizations/agencies on cases and/or assisted them.
As we come to the end of 2022 please consider an end-of-the-year gift to invest in our mission of freedom for all. Also, please consider United Abolitionists if you shop on Amazon (smile.amazon.com) adding us as your chosen non-profit organization.
Thank you for your prayers and continued partnership. Only together can we stop human trafficking!
Tomas J. Lares
Founder/President, United Abolitionists, Inc.
Co-founder/Chairman, Tri-County Alliance On Human Trafficking
Co-Chairman, Lake-Sumter Human Trafficking Task Force
Founding Member, Task Force on Computational Law for Combating Modern Slavery
Advisory Board, University of Central Florida Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
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As we end 2022 here are the various assistance given to survivors and/or organizations assisting survivors. Please consider donating these items.
- Airline ticket to relocate
- Backpacks (During a recovery and/or identification of a victim/survivor)
- Bus tickets both Greyhound & LYNX
- Gifts cards – Pubix, Walmart, Target, Other
- Healthcare vouchers
- Hotel voucher
- Housing Allowance for survivors in UA program
- Hygiene products
- Cell phones
- Speaking/Training Stipends to Survivor Leaders
- Therapy voucher
- Uber or Lyft rides
- Utilities to survivors in UA program
*If you would like to contribute to these victim services please click below to make a financial donation or contact our office to drop off physical donations.
- 12th Annual Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Trafficking – Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/WeekendofPrayer
- Osceola County Red Sand Project – Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Osceola County Courthouse, 2 Courthouse Sq, Kissimmee, FL 34741
- Annual Joint Forum On Human Trafficking – Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (Closed meeting for members of task forces, coalitions and commissions in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
- Seminole County Red Sand Project – Saturday, January 21, 2023 – TBD