January 2021

Project Free was founded in 2007 to specifically serve the increasing number of survivors of human trafficking that came to Womankind, then the New York Asian Women's Center, for help. Today, the program is led by Mary Caparas and provides support in 18+ Asian languages and Spanish. Survivors have access to a wide array of services including trauma-informed counseling, immigration legal services, trafficking-related financial assistance, economic empowerment, and so much more.

Womankind's many contributions to the anti-human trafficking field includes our advocates' work, the annual HT conference, membership in the Freedom Network USA national coalition, and being a steering committee member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network.

On January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Womankind staff proudly wore blue to show solidarity with survivors and their children.

We wholeheartedly believe that everyone is worthy of a life free of violence, servitude, and exploitation.

Profile on Mary Caparas // Project Free Manager. Click graphics to read.

Womankind's 8th annual anti-human trafficking conference discussed the movement of workers who have experienced labor trafficking and/or labor exploitation. Panelists delved into the movement of labor during an unprecedented time in the 21st century and also brought forward the voices and faces of resiliency. Watch a recording here.