We are very excited to announce (drum roll please!) a new partnership between Freedom Collaborative, Chab Dai and Liberty Asia!
Late last year, we began exploring potential partnerships with organizations who had a similar vision to end trafficking in addition to more advanced technological competencies related to Freedom Collaborative. After many months of exploration, we are excited to announce we secured a partnership with a fabulous, likeminded organization called Liberty Asia, located in Hong Kong. Liberty Asia is an organization whose technical competency surpasses ours, to lead the FC platform not only in its current form but also to develop and enhance its future impact.
Liberty Asia will add further services to the FC platform including a needs matching and collaboration system, legal advice and support, a secure evidence exchange system and a secure victim referral system.
Any partnership brings changes. The main change resulting from this alliance is that the Freedom Registry will no longer be developed as national, stand-alone platforms, but will now form one global tool with access across all sectors internationally and with a language translation functionality. Input and engagement from national coordinators and steering committees is still crucial to the success of the International Freedom Registry in order for each country to engage critical national stakeholders, relevant research and resources in local languages, as well as cutting-edge country and program Freedom Dialogues, along with vetting of organizations and users where needed.
The future means that we can work together to develop appropriate responses as well as formally identify patterns of exploitation and abuse, which will allow us to engage in cutting-edge technology to address demand issues of trafficking and engage new stakeholders in the process.
Addressing such complex and overwhelming issues as trafficking and slavery takes collaboration and partnership, which is what the platform was designed to facilitate and what we have done to bring in the next generation of Freedom Collaborative.
Over the coming months, Liberty Asia will be updating, improving and enhancing the Freedom Collaborative platform, and Chab Dai will continue to work with partners in countries across the globe to implement Freedom Registry into their national context. Stay tuned with updates via Facebook, Twitter and freedomcollaborative.org.
It's been a busy couple of months for our Freedom Collaborative team! We've presented the platform at various conferences, universities and organizations around the world and connected with so many new stakeholders who are excited about getting on board.
A couple milestones we reached are having more than 1,000 registered users (from more than 130 countries!) and surpassing 2,100 resources uploaded to the library! That's incredible! There are almost 1,000 organizations in the Registry as well, with more joining all the time.
Our most exciting announcement is our new partnership with Liberty Asia in Hong Kong! Earlier this year, we began exploring potential partnerships with organizations who had a similar vision to end trafficking, as well as the technological competencies related to Freedom Collaborative. We secured a partnership earlier this month with Liberty Asia, an organization whose technical competency surpasses ours, to lead the FC platform not only in its current form but also to develop and enhance its future impact. You can read the full announcement here.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. We're looking forward to see how this platform continues to grow and expand. Let's end human trafficking, together.
Freedom Collaborative is well into its ninth month now, and we're continuing to improve and expand the platform all the time. The Registry now has more than 920 counter-trafficking organizations listed and the library has more than 2000 resources uploaded. We also have almost 900 individual users registered from more than 130 countries.
The Registry is continuing to expand globally. Cambodia, Nepal and Canada have all formed steering committees to work on contextualizing the platform to fit the needs unique to their countries. Costa Rica and the United Kingdom are in the process of forming their steering committees as well. Along with the language aspect of the Registry, contextualization also includes choosing the best practices for counter-trafficking measures in that country. If you're interested in reading about the good practices in the United States, we wrote a short post detailing those out.
Most exciting since our last report is the announcement that Dialogues have launched! Freedom Dialogues consist of a short video discussion, each between two different experts, on a specified human trafficking topic. The video is uploaded to the platform and users can engage with the featured Specialists and each other through the comments section. We already have three different videos uploaded, sparking some great conversations. Our topics thus far are Connectivity, Men and Boys in Human Trafficking, and Healthcare. We invite you to go watch one (or all three!) and leave your comments or questions in the thread to engage in the dialogue.
Freedom Collaborative is always evolving. It's designed to be a living community of people, organizations, agencies and institutions involved in the anti-human trafficking movement, which means it will continue to grow with use. Remember when we mentioned that the map was going to be updated? Well those plans are finally in the works and being pushed to the development phase! We're excited to see this tool become the hub of the platform, bringing everything together in a cohesive movement to spur effective collaboration.
As a team, we have just completed our annual Strategic Planning where we prepare for the next year and line up our objectives for the future. We're excited for what's to come with our project and the counter-trafficking community as a whole. Our goal is to empower others and streamline actions into more effective results by giving grassroots movements as much influence and contribution opportunities as larger organizations, creating a centralized hub for counter-trafficking efforts and bringing more connectivity into the community.
Freedom Collaborative is on the rise. We've been live for over five months now, and we're so excited about the strides we're making. The Registry has more than 900 counter-trafficking organizations listed, a new coalitions layer filtering option and an office location layer in the works. The library has more than 900 resources uploaded and has been updated to display more clearly and quickly as you scroll or filter. We also launched a news feature that pulls in all the posts across social media using the hashtag #humantrafficking and displays them in one location. It updates in real time to show what people are talking about in relation to the counter-trafficking movement.
The Registry is also in the process of expanding globally. The United States' Registry is fully functional and public, but we believe that each country should have its own steering committee to help contextualize the platform and determine best practices within that country. Costa Rica, Nepal and the United Kingdom are working on forming steering committees; Canada is beginning the contextualization process and Cambodia is in the building and piloting stage.
Freedom Collaborative is always evolving. It's designed to be a living community of people, organizations, agencies and institutions involved in the anti-human trafficking movement, which means it will continue to grow with use.
Things we're looking forward to:
We appreciate your dedication to our project and the counter-trafficking community as a whole. We want our work to empower others and streamline actions into more effective results by giving grassroots movements as much influence and contribution opportunities as larger organizations, creating a centralized hub for counter-trafficking efforts and bringing more connectivity into the community.
We have spent the last few years designing and building a platform to connect the various stakeholders in the counter-trafficking movement. We started with the firm belief that justice ought to be a democratic endeavor, and that no single organization is able to address the complexity of trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor on their own. It requires a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach.
In 2012 we released the Freedom Registry—a dynamic directory of registered organizations, agencies and institutions who update and manage their own profiles themselves.
Now, in 2014, we've just released a powerful new system called Freedom Collaborative. It encompasses the Registry and adds a few more tools to the picture.
By simply logging in with a Facebook or Twitter account, all users are able to add their favorite counter-trafficking resources to the Library. Resource types include the latest research reports, local laws, scholarly journals, documentaries, multi-file toolkits, books, smart phone applications, etc. The open-access system is an ever-growing body of knowledge and is searchable by type, subject and location. Results show up in the order the community has rated them. For example: a search of “victim rehabilitation” displays all of the resources listed under that tag in the order of quality dictated by the community-at-large.
We’ve built in the capacity for individuals to show which organization they work for (if they do). Organizations must confirm these indicated affiliations before they show up on an individual’s profile.
All users are able to create a general Advocate account type. Advocate accounts have full access to all of the tools and are able to register organizations and post resources to the Library. Potential volunteers can use Advocate accounts to find organizations in need of their services.
We've also created a Connectors account type for individuals interested in becoming listed points-of-connection for the movement. These are persons willing to meet and educate newcomers on human trafficking, and also help newcomers get plugged in to local volunteering positions.
Last but not least we've created a Specialists account type. Much of this issue’s essential know-how exists only in the heads of leading, on-the-ground, human trafficking experts. We’ve designed our system to give this ‘Specialist’ tier—be them practitioners, academics, policymakers, law enforcement, etc—a bit more weight in the user-voting of materials.
We'd love for you to head on over to the brand new platform to learn more and create an account!
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