ALIGHT started as an experience and grew into an idea. Our founder, Marianna Kosharovsky, worked for years on human trafficking first as a lawyer representing victims of these crimes and then on developing networks of expertise and support in the human rights and anti-trafficking fields. She experienced firsthand how the complexity of human trafficking calls for greater collaboration and a wider range of expertise on the response side. Those who fight tirelessly for justice for the countless children, women and men forced into modern day slavery face many challenges – for example:
- the complex and sensitive nature of each individual’s situation
- the feeling of frustration of going up against a problem too big for any one person to solve
- the separation from professionals and resources that could help make the long road to justice easier
Anti-trafficking efforts must be taken to the next level if we are to push back against one of the most well-oiled, well-funded and well-resourced business machines in the world. We all know the value of people and the power of leveraging our networks. Unfortunately lack of resources — especially, access to resources — is a persistent barrier. The question presents itself:
ALIGHT came into existence because we believe we can.
-President Barack Obama, Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, September 25, 2012
-Dr. Esohe Aghatise, International Lawyer and Former Trafficking Program Manager, Equality Now
ALIGHT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals across the US who are dedicated to fighting human trafficking by improving access to expertise and resources through technological tools. We connect advocates, lawyers and experts to each other, so they will partner for more effective case advocacy and collective solutions building. To learn more about our tools for justice read about The ALIGHT Legal Needs Matching Pilot.