FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2010. The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) has designated CAST as its 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Resources Award.

IVCLA’s Executive Director Janet Elliott, states, “CAST has been an outstanding resource for many of the international emerging leaders IVCLA provides programming for each year.”

IVCLA works to initiate dialogue between emerging leaders from around the world and Los Angeles area businesses and non-profits. In the past eighteen months, CAST has met with delegates, including government employees, NGO representatives, attorneys, police officers, and social workers, from fourteen countries across north Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Elliott says, “CAST’s dedication to identifying trafficking survivors, mobilizing the community to identify and advocate against the problem, and providing direct service to victims is outstanding. [CAST’s] willingness to meet and discuss [its] work with professionals from around the world who are also fighting against trafficking exemplifies the Citizens Diploma principles of IVCLA.”

The award will be presented to CAST at IVCLA’s Citizen Diplomacy Celebration, October 21, 2010, at the Western Justice Center in Pasadena.

“CAST is honored to be considered IVCLA’s 2010 Outstanding Resource,” says CAST Executive Director Kay Buck. “The award exemplifies the necessity of international cooperation and conversation in combating trafficking and slavery in all its forms, and providing services to survivors of these heinous crimes. Only when we lock arms around the world, as concerned private citizens, communities, businesses, and governments, can we end slavery—this time for good.”

Since its inception in 1998, CAST has worked with individuals and groups across Los Angeles, the nation, and the world, to combat slavery and rescue survivors. In recent years, CAST has broadened its coalition into Mexico, where it works with local government and non-government organizations to increase awareness and prevention services. CAST’s co-sponsored state senate bill, SB 657, which seeks to eliminate products tainted by slavery from California’s supply chains, has passed the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, and will be voted on by the State Assembly later this summer.