Right now, at least 4.5 million are enduring sexual exploitation.

  • 79% of the victims of human trafficking*, are sexually exploited.  SOURCE
  • Human trafficking and forced labor are hidden crimes. This makes measurement extremely difficult. Our knowledge remains patchy, and researchers have yet to agree an international methodology. As a result, mainstream estimates of the number of victims vary from 21 million (ILO, 2012) to over 46 million (GSI, 2016).
  • The 4.5 million figure quoted is generally reckoned to be conservative. The actual number of people forced into sexual exploitation is likely to be much higher.
* Human trafficking and forced labor are defined differently.

Right now, at least 16 million are forced into labour.

  • 2 million living in forced labour exploitation
  • 2 million living in state imposed labour exploitation
  • 4 million women and girls
  • 5 million men and boys
  • 26% of them are children SOURCE
  • Forced labour generates $150 Billion in profits each year.SOURCE

Every year, at least 10,000 kidneys sold on the black market.


  • Organs are harvested and trafficked for many different reasons. Most commonly, they are sought for medicinal purposes. But, in some parts of the world, human organs are considered powerful remedies by witch doctors and others, and used widely in ritual practices.
  • We have no global estimate on how many people suffer organ harvesting. Of all of the types of human trafficking, this crime is the most hidden and difficult to measure.
  • Kidneys are estimated to make up 75% of the global illicit trade in organs. SOURCE
  • Illegal organ trade generates between $600 million and $1.2 billion in profits per year with a span across many countries. SOURCE



Who we are


Arise is a charity based in New York City and London, founded on the belief that more should be done to support grass-roots anti-slavery networks.


Our mission is to help these networks reach their potential by providing the support they need:

financial, digital, administrative or capacity building.

We work to:

Raise awareness

Promote respect for dignity

Provide shelter and care

Obtain justice
Our Team

The work of Arise is overseen by an active board

of experienced directors:


John J. Studzinski CBE

John J. Studzinski CBE

An American-born British investment banker and philanthropist, John is Vice Chairman of Investor Relations and Business Development at The Blackstone Group and a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone. He is heavily involved in hands-on philanthropy, patronage, and charity work. His numerous charitable activities revolve mainly around human rights, the arts, and homelessness. John’s own charity, the Genesis Foundation, supports and nurtures people in the creative fields in the early stages of their careers. He is chair of trustees and co-founder of the Arise Foundation.

Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala

A human rights activist and founder of Maiti Nepal – an organization dedicated to women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation. Since its foundation in 1993, Maiti has grown to comprise three prevention homes, eleven ‘transit’ homes, two hospices, two rehabilitation centers, and a high school, serving thousands of people across the spectrum of anti-trafficking work. In recognition of her remarkable achievements in service of the most vulnerable in society, Anurhada has received some 34 international awards. Anuradha lives and works in Nepal, where she continues to work towards a society in which institutions such a Maiti do not need to exist.

Sr. Patricia Murray IBVM

Sr. Patricia Murray IBVM

A Loreto Sister and Executive Secretary of the International Union of the Superiors General, representing more than 350,000 women religious. Sister Pat has held a variety of leadership positions, each expressing her lifelong commitment to justice and peace. Notably, prior to coming to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan – a collaborative project which involves female and male religious in building the capacity of the people of South Sudan. Among her many other responsibilities, she works with the international coordinator to oversee the development of Talitha Kum – the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking.

Madawi Al Saud Arise Foundation

Madawi Al Saud

Chairwoman of Ibtissam, which she founded in June 2013 to advocate zero tolerance towards human trafficking, through legislation and awareness raising across the Arab world. She specialises in the structure and administration of shelters in challenging circumstances, a subject on which her view is regularly sought as a consultant. She holds degrees from Kings College, London, and the Sorbonne, Paris, and doctorate in philosophy from Brunel University. She lives between London and the Middle East.

Rt. Hon Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

Rt. Hon Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

A Crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, Lord Alton has served in Parliament since 1979, when he was the “baby of the House” – the youngest Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. He is renowned for his tenacious commitment to human rights, leading him to take up causes from the Congo to North Korea. He is perhaps best known for his advocacy on behalf of persecuted minorities, discernible throughout his long and distinguished parliamentary career.

Jane Leek

Jane Leek

UK and Ireland Regional Director of Porticus – the international organization that manages the grant-giving programs of charitable entities established by the Brenninkmeijer family. Jane brings decades of experience to Arise’s grant-giving. For eleven years (2004-2013) Jane and a colleague jointly coordinated Porticus’ Women of Faith program which was particularly concerned with women religious in East and Southern Africa and their leadership in the areas of health, education, women’s rights and empowerment. Jane holds a degree in Psychology from Liverpool University, an MA in Theology from Heythrop College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Grant Giving Management from Cass Business School.

Luke de Pulford

Luke de Pulford

Educated between the UK, Italy, and Lesotho, Luke came to an early appreciation of the importance of solidarity. Much of his professional life has focused on the UK Parliament, where he is well known for his work in defense of human dignity.  Luke is co-founder and director of the Arise Foundation.
Please do get in touch: luke@arise.foundation

Sr Lynda Dearlove RSM, MBE

Sr Lynda Dearlove RSM, MBE

A Mercy Sister and founder/ director of Women at the Wellan institution dedicated to serving women in street based prostitution and victims of human trafficking in Central London. Her voice is an established part of the national and international conversation surrounding women’s welfare, serving the National Alliance of Women’s Organization, European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s National Commission and their Violence Against Women Working Group.


Wendy B. Strauss

Although born in the United States, marketing executive and business development consultant, Wendy B. Strauss, has an international perspective, having lived in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York, and worked for global clients such as Morgan Stanley, National Grid and Deutsche Bank. For four years she partnered with the ambassador for the world’s largest awareness campaign against human trafficking, working side-by-side with him in the United States and on the ground in Southeast Asia. Wendy is a director of Arise Foundation America.

Clair Rees

Clair Rees

A British social scientist and researcher focusing on women and children’s rights and mental health. She is an advocate for women in business and the economics of human potential, working in support of international sustainable goals on women’s education and empowerment. Clair is currently Executive Director for the third sector organization Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK and a senior researcher in the UK Parliament.

Where does

the money go?



Local networks

Local networks



Prevention focus



100% support to parteners

100% to partners







Arise works in partnership with local organizations around the world, providing rescue, shelter, prevention, law enforcement and accompaniment to those who have suffered or are vulnerable to exploitation.


We have a particular interest in faith-based initiatives, recognizing the powerful role religious leaders play in shaping culture. Investment in organizations like these often goes further, and, we believe, can have greater impact. Our profound knowledge of local networks ensures that our beneficiaries are the right people in whom to invest, while enabling us to spread our support as strategically as possible.


Rigorous, yet humane reporting helps us to ensure that investment bears fruit, while highlighting potential for development in our partners. At Arise every effort is made to avoid burdening partners with bureaucracy which takes them away from their work.


We believe that the path towards a slavery-free world is one of mutual openness and partnership among people of good will at all levels of society. We are proud to play our small part in the vast effort needed to bring an end to this abomination.



At Arise we have a particular interest in prevention. Currently, prevention is the least understood and worst resourced of the acknowledged pillars of anti-trafficking work: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership. Prevention work we support includes education, the provision of viable alternatives to the promises of traffickers, awareness raising, and, in some cases, protection.


The United Nations Secretary General has repeatedly called for more attention to be given to prevention efforts. SOURCE


Yet, despite this, there has been little convincing movement. New anti-trafficking NGOs operating in this space have concentrated heavily on rescue, rehabilitation and prosecution, and the pattern of public and private investment has tended to follow. SOURCE


A more balanced approach to addressing trafficking in persons and forced labor is needed, and needed urgently. The more attention and resources skew away from prevention, the less likely we are to bring these crimes to an end. As the US Department of State rightly says: ‘Without prevention, governments are left to respond to the consequences of human trafficking without coming any nearer to seeing its end.’ (United States Department of State 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report)



Arise is very fortunate to have a donor looking after all our administrative and staffing costs. 

This means that 100% of money invested in Arise can be directed to our partners. 


Our Partners

In the past year, we have:


Rescued and protected albino children, abducted for organ harvesting

Supported shelter and rehabilitation of Yazidi victims of sexual exploitation by Daesh

Brought together grassroots activists from more than 30 countries for coordination meetings

Helped set up ethical employment agencies for Foreign Domestic Workers

Set up projects offering viable economic alternatives to the deception of traffickers

Apply for Support


Arise regularly invites grassroots organizations to apply for support. These are from selected geographical areas, are locally led and networked, and focused on prevention. This means that we are not considering unsolicited applications, save for very exceptional circumstances.

For more information on our partners or our support-giving strategy, please contact support@arise.foundation .


Support Us

Every gift, large or small, means direct support to frontline groups. We will not spend any of your money keeping Arise running – we are fortunate to have a donor meeting those costs. 
Your gift will make a difference where it matters most.

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ARISE Foundation America, Inc.
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Wire transfers:

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