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Ending Modern Slavery in All Forms

In every country, on every continent, men, women and children are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and cannot leave. These are not workers; they are human trafficking victims. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that at any given time 27.6 million people are in trapped in conditions of exploitation, working under threat or coercion as domestic workers, on construction sites, in factories, on farms and in the commercial sex industry.

Through innovative programs, collaborative partnerships and policy advocacy, the McCain Institute’s Combatting Human Trafficking program drives systemic change and implements comprehensive, action-based solutions to prevent and end all forms of modern slavery.

Through our work, we develop and deploy strategic initiatives to secure justice for victims, build the capacity of trafficking response networks, facilitate leadership from trafficking survivors, leverage investigative journalism and data analytics to inform trafficking interventions, and cultivate emerging best practices in the field through learning convenings.

1 – International Labour Organization (
2 – Polaris

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People Trapped in Forced Labor 1
Situations of trafficking identified in 2020 in the United States 2

Outreach to Vulnerable Populations

Since its inception, the McCain Institute has been dedicated to protecting and supporting some of our world’s most vulnerable. By utilizing available data and research in the field, the Combatting Human Trafficking program is pioneering new approaches to best address and inform vulnerable populations about the risks of human trafficking they may face.
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Soldiers and volunteers being trained

Building Capacity Through Training and Technical Assistance

The McCain Institute established a robust training program to best address some of the gaps and needs of the anti-trafficking community. We offer high quality, scenario-based human trafficking and prevention trainings for a full range of stakeholders including investigators, prosecutors, service providers and mental health professionals.

Bringing Together Changemakers

The Combatting Human Trafficking program is pioneering new approaches by utilizing our field research and those of our partners to develop multi-dimensional solutions to address forced labor in the U.S. and around the world.

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US Capitol Building

Advocating for Long-Lasting Solutions

Our advocacy efforts are driven by data and shaped by field-based experience working with survivors and vulnerable populations. Our team regularly shares data and provides technical expertise to help shape laws and policies to expand accountability for human trafficking and disrupt the systems that allow human exploitation to flourish.

Events: Combatting Human Trafficking
Certificate on Human Trafficking Webinar
Events: Human Rights & Democracy
McCain Institute Human Rights and Democracy Summit
Women Peace

Support Our Mission

Donating directly to the Combatting Human Trafficking program will support our efforts to implement action-based solutions at the local, state, national and international levels.