The Slave-Free City Network
Slavery is a complex problem, caused by many dynamic and interdependent elements that make it too difficult for any single organization to solve alone. That's why we are developing a network to disrupt the system of slavery at a local level once and for all.
The Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, a group of more than 30 agencies, adopted the Slave-Free City Network in 2015 as the Coalition's new "operating system."
Using Data to Shape Solutions
Good data is an essential part of structuring effective strategies and measuring successful outcomes. Yet all too often, local anti-slavery groups are challenged to find reliable research to inform their programs.
We work with the University of Texas to map Austin's Slavery Footprint and gather a more accurate understanding of the local nature and prevalence of the problem. The research provides a baseline from which the network measures success and determines strategic priorities.
Building Cross-Sector Partnerships
The network is made up of stakeholders from eight key sectors across the public, private, and volunteer domains of the city. Each sector contributes unique insight, skills, and resources to the problem solving process.
The stakeholders build cross-sector partnerships and implement horizontal initiatives to fill gaps identified in the local continuum of solutions. They also work vertically to design industry-specific initiatives within their own sector.
Mapping The Local Continuum Of Solutions
Working groups design ways to prevent victimization and meet the needs of survivors at each stage of recovery. This initial step in the problem solving process helps the network visually identify existing gaps in the local response and search for resources or specific partnerships in the community to fill those gaps.
Mapping a continuum of solutions also gives network stakeholders at all levels more clarity and confidence about why specific initiatives should be implemented, and contextualizes the impact of those initiatives in relation to the big picture.
Coordinating The Network In Action
The Slave-Free City Network moves into action supported by reliable data, strong partnerships, and a continuum of solutions. Working groups design the strategic initiatives, cross-sector partners implement them, and the community builds public will for the slave-free city vision from the bottom up.
Allies coordinates the network as the backbone to ensure its collective impact, and the process is continuously refined by data and feedback about the effectiveness of solutions at each level.