20.9 million in forced labour
4.8 million in sexual exploitation
Every year, at least 10,000 kidneys sold on the black market
1 in 4 modern slavery victims are children

Right now, at least 4.8 million are enduring sexual exploitation. SOURCE

  • 99% of victims of the sex trade are women and children. SOURCE
  • More than 7 in 10 victims are exploited in Asia and the Pacific region. SOURCE
  • 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for the sex trade. SOURCE
  • The sex trade makes an approximated $99 billion a year. SOURCE

20.9 million in forced labour SOURCE

  • An estimated 16 million people were in forced labour in the private sector, while an estimated 4 million people are in state-sponsored forced labour. SOURCE
  • Of these 16 million, 57% are women. SOURCE
  • Domestic workers account for 24% of all forced labourers. SOURCE
  • Construction labourers, manufacturing, agriculture and fishery account for 34% of forced labourers. SOURCE
  • Debt bondage affects half of all victims of forced labour. SOURCE
  • Most victims suffer from multiple forms of coercion including the withholding of wages, threat or acts of violence and threats against their family. 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

1 in 4 modern slavery victims are children SOURCE

  • There are 4.4 child victims for every 1000 children in the world. SOURCE
  • 37% of those forced to marry are children. SOURCE
  • Children account for 18% of persons in private forced labour. SOURCE
  • 21% of victims of the sex trade are children. SOURCE

Who we are:

Arise is a charity based in London and New York working to end slavery and human trafficking through frontline networks around the world.

Our Board

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 organisation 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 centres, 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 organisation that manages the grant-giving programmes 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 programme 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.

Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe Arise Foundation

Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe

Lord Hogan-Howe was Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s most senior policeman, from 2011 to 2017. During this time, he oversaw a massive reduction in murder rates and crime overall, as well as successfully policing the London Olympics. He is passionate about ending human trafficking and modern slavery. While Commissioner he was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Marta Group. This network bringing together heads of national and international police and law enforcement agencies from over 30 countries with the church in order to better serve victims of trafficking.

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 focussed on the UK Parliament, where he is well known for his work in defence of human dignity.  Luke is co-founder and director of the Arise Foundation.
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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 Organisation, European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s National Commission and their Violence Against Women Working Group.


Wendy B. Strauss

Wendy Strauss is a marketing and business development consultant who has worked with global clients such as Morgan Stanley, National Grid and Deutsche Bank. From 2008-2013 she partnered with an ambassador of MTV EXIT, a campaign to end human trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness, promoting positive behaviour change and driving social action. Together they worked side-by-side in the United States and on the ground in Southeast Asia. Currently based in New York, she has lived in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Wendy is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

Peter Smith Arise Foundation

Peter Smith

Peter is a barrister, practising in commercial and media litigation. After time as an officer in the British Army, he was educated at Cambridge, where he read social and political sciences and international relations. At university Peter was treasurer of a large student-run charity and he has served a number of NGOs in various capacities since.  He is also is a sought after political commentator and writer of legal obituaries. Peter lives and works in the Middle East.

Aimee Barr, LSCW Arise Foundation

Aimee Barr, LSCW

Aimee Barr is a psychotherapist with private practices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Union Square, Manhattan. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Post-Masters Certificate from The National Institute of the Psychotherapies (NIP). She has spent many years as a sexual assault response team volunteer and has extensive experience in counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Well + Good, Monster and is a frequent lecturer at Fordham University. She is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

David Bringle Arise Foundation

David Bringle

A former officer in the US Navy, David Bringle has dedicated his life to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. David was intimately involved in the US Defense Department’s development of the Memex suite of counter human trafficking tools. These tools revolutionized the way law enforcement, both in the US and abroad conduct human trafficking investigations, by identifying the online footprint of those involved. He is the founder of Whistle Lake Consulting, a technology firm that provides expert strategies on the development and implementation of advanced technologies; aiding investigators and analysts to expand their understanding of criminal behaviour. He is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

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Arise regularly invites grassroots organisations 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 .

Where does

the money go?

Local networks

Local networks

Prevention focus

100% support to partners

100% to frontline


Arise works in partnership with local organisations 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, recognising the powerful role religious leaders play in shaping culture. Investment in organisations 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 amongst 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 labour 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.

Arise’s network is embedded in communities around the world. The map below highlights the communities within each of the focus countries.

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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.


* Arise is able to receive from Donor Advised Funds. 

** Donations from the UK are eligible for Gift Aid.