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ABOUT US

At United Abolitionists, we are a network of first responders to the national human trafficking crisis.

United Abolitionists (UA) is a leading agency in the U.S. connecting all organizations and resources necessary to educate, prevent, rescue and rehabilitate in the fight against modern-day slavery and exploitation.

Join our fight to stop the cycle of exploitation, abuse, and human trafficking as we work to rebuild lives and prevent this crime from continuing.

Together, we will win this war on human dignity.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US FIGHT

At United Abolitionists, we have ongoing initiatives that help fight human trafficking in Florida and throughout the United States.

United Abolitionists Projects and Services

Providing Backpacks To Recovered Victims


Victims are often abruptly recovered with only the clothes on their backs. We provide a backpack with key essentials like toiletries and clothing. For just $75 you can provide a backpack for a recovering victim.

First Responders To The Human Trafficking Crisis


Hotline Advocates are ready 24/7 and are the crucial element in the rescue process. Their training, words, and readiness matter. For just $150 you can provide emergency services for a person in need.

Coordinated Victim Care


Comprehensive Care Coordination (i.e. transportation, counseling, food, rehab, safe housing, etc.) are examples of victim care. For just $300 you can help UA triage a victim who calls our hotline and needs immediate help.

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Providing Crucial Training to the Front Line


Experienced training for first responders is critical to effectively identify and report human trafficking in the community. For only $500 you can provide training for 10 first responders!

UA Speakers Bureau

United Abolitionists has been on the forefront of providing comprehensive training for individuals, professionals, business, organizational leaders, pastors and law enforcement.

Our speakers and teachers have professional speaking experience in subjects like child exploitation, the cycle of abuse, grooming and recruiting, addressing the demand, identifying the signs, human trafficking laws and liabilities. We offer experiential knowledge with an engaging and actionable delivery.

Hospitality Industry Training

With hotels in Florida being heavily utilized by traffickers for transportation, exchange, and a place to conduct business—especially for sex-trafficking, United Abolitionists (formerly Florida Abolitionist) has worked for over a decade to educate hospitality leaders about the problem and empower them to advocate for victims.

UA provides annual certifications and continual education for their hospitality industry partners.

Newsletter, December 2020

Content Notice: In our message today we discuss some troubling topics including sex trafficking & sexual assault. This is a notice for anyone with a sensitivity to these subjects. A Message from Tomas J. Lares, UA Founder/President December 1st, 2020 Dear Friends, Partners & Abolitionists, This has been a challenging year for everyone but especially…

Newsletter, November 2020

The past month has been really important for United Abolitionists with the launch of the tricounty alliance against human trafficking, including coordination with the local transportation agencies LYNX and Sunrail Content Notice: In our message today we discuss some troubling topics including sex trafficking & sexual assault. This is a notice for anyone with a…

Human trafficking shelter opens as advocates call for funding

By KATE SANTICH ORLANDO SENTINEL | SEP 23, 2020 AT 3:54 PM A newly-renovated shelter for survivors of human trafficking opened its doors in Seminole County Wednesday, bringing what advocates say is a desperately needed safe house for those who escape a life of physical and psychological torture. “I have a list of people waiting…

Human trafficking a bigger danger as more students online, advocates warn

By KATE SANTICH ORLANDO SENTINEL | AUG 22, 2020 AT 5:30 AM Human traffickers who typically use Central Florida’s busy tourism industry to camouflage their efforts are turning to other recruitment tools to lure victims amid the coronavirus pandemic, advocates warn. Especially vulnerable, they say, are the thousands of students spending long hours online. “That…

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard resigns hours after Times Square headquarters raided by FBI, NYPD in connection with sex trafficking investigation

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard resigned late Tuesday from his namesake company amid allegations by nearly a dozen women that he sexually abused underage girls at his Bahamas mansion. “Recognizing the priority of the welfare of the thousands of Nygard employees, retail partners, loyal customers, vendors, suppliers and business partners, Peter Nygard has made the decision…

New pressure on hotels to combat sex trafficking during Super Bowl

(CBS12) — Along with all the sports fans and VIPs, the media and red-carpet parties — the ugly truth is the Super Bowl brings a spike in human trafficking. During Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the FBI reported 169 human trafficking-related arrests, and officials here in South Florida are bracing for more of the same.…

Advocates host film festival to raise awareness about human trafficking

People gathered in Winter Park to raise awareness about human trafficking. Dozens of organizations partnered together for the 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Film Festival at Calvary Orlando Church. “Florida has the third highest number of calls to the National Trafficking Hotline. Orange County has the highest number of cases, according to DCF,…

Abolitionists Partners, Explained

As an Abolitionist Partner, you’ll give $18 a month for all the 18th birthdays. #18fortheir18th As a Florida based non-profit, we fight human trafficking across the entire United States. Teenagers are targeted in the most “innocent” ways. This isn’t a life that discriminates. Imagine you have a 17-year-old niece named Stephanie. She loves dancing, movies,…