About Us

GFEMS exists to build a survivor-centric global anti-trafficking movement. We seek to do this by supporting advocacy and providing flexible funding for survivor-leaders, activists, and grassroots organizations around the world.

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Who We Are 

GFEMS is an international fund working to end modern slavery. Our purpose is to create the environment where survivor-leaders and grassroots organizations can thrive as the first step towards building a movement.

Support Advocacy
Build a survivor-centric environment
Fund and build the foundation for a movement

We are building on what has been done so far and lessons learned. Working with our partners and the anti-trafficking community who have already made incredible steps in the fight, we seek to amplify impact and better serve the sector.

What We Do

Our first investments were launched in 2018 in the Philippines, Vietnam, and India. We then expanded into Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. We invested in research, innovation, and global public goods needed to accelerate the end of modern slavery.

We are now building on these insights as we move forward and seek to provide more flexible funding and capacity strengthening support to grassroots organizations around the world.

Our Journey

A group of anti-slavery leaders, experts, and activists convened to discuss the key challenges facing the field. They agreed that worldwide efforts were under-resourced to sustainably eradicate modern slavery. 

A new idea of a global fund was proposed to advance the global fight by raising new resources, bringing together partners across government, civil society, and the private sector; and investing in bold programs, innovative tools, and data. From this, the vision of GFEMS was born.

Following years of organizing and advocating by the GFEMS founders and supporters, our visionary first donors provided the initial investments to launch the Global Fund.

With funding from the US State Department, the UK, Norway, Liechtenstein, and private donors, GFEMS launched 40 programs in 9 countries and conducted research for the sector. In 2023, we’re building on impact to date, lessons learned, and feedback from grantees to updated our approach to better serve the sector.

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Meet Our Team

We are a diverse team from around the world committed to ending modern slavery.

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Our inaugural portfolio spanned six sectors and numerous geographies. Explore more: