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CAST GALA! When: Thursday May 21ST 6:00 Red Carpet Arrivals Where: Skirball Cultural Center – Guerin Pavilion 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

Written By: Marcelle - May• 19•15

Gala honoring Russell Simmons and Alice Nyiro, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Mira Sorvino, Sanaa Lathan, Chloe Flower, Jeannie Mai, Dana Gourrier, Jenna Ushkowitz, Olivia Culpo and others attending.

What: Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) 17th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Gala Event

CAST is the United States’ largest legal and social service provider dedicated exclusively to survivors of human trafficking. CAST helps survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives and works towards ending human trafficking through strategic policy initiatives. In April 2014, CAST became the first non-profit organization to receive the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

When: Thursday May 21th

6:00 Red Carpet Arrivals

Where: Skirball Cultural Center – Guerin Pavilion

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Russell Simmons (Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist), Alice Nyiro (Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Slavery Advocate),

First Lady of LA Amy Elaine Wakeland, Mira Sorvino, Sanaa Lathan (Best Man, The Family Guy), Jenna Ushkowitz (GLEE), Olivia Culpo (Miss USA, Miss Universe), Jeannie Mai (co-Host; The REAL Talk), Dana Gourrier (co-Host; Django Unchained, ABC’s The Astronauts Wives Club), Chloe Flower (Recording Artist), among others.
HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE INCLUDES: Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Dolph Lundgren, Rosanna Arquette, Deepak Chopra, Chloe Flower, Hill Harper, Olivia Culpo, Reed Halladay, Sanaa Lathan, Annalyne McCord, Todd Morgan, Tabrez Noorani, Sara Rue, Nicole Scherzinger and Mira Sorvino among others.
17th From Slavery to Freedom Gala: This year’s gala will honor Russell Simmons, Entrepreneur, Author & Philanthropist, and Alice Nyiro, Trafficking Survivor & Anti-Slavery Advocate. For more information, please visit

Posted on September 27th, 2012 by CAST |
TwitterFacebookEmailMore Sharing ServicesNew White House priorities to increase
support for trafficking
survivors, and address forced labor by government contractors
NEW YORK- Today at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama
recognized CAST Survivor Organizer, Ima Matul, while announcing
a major U.S government initiative to combat modern-day slavery in
the United States and abroad.
CAST is an L.A.-based organization with local and international reach,
and is the longest-running anti-slavery organization in the country and
the first to advocate for laws to protect victims.
According to CAST CEO, Kay Buck, “Providing critical services and support
that gives back dignity and hope to human trafficking survivors can only
be effective if done in partnership with survivors. We thank President
Barack Obama for honoring Ima Matul, a former CAST client who is now
lending her voice and expertise to supporting survivors and finding
collaborative solutions together to end modern-day slavery as the
Survivor Organizer at CAST.”
President Obama’s commitment to increase access to comprehensive
services for survivors, who often remain unidentified and toil in forced
labor or commercial sex slavery, is a tremendous support to non-governmental
organizations that support them with limited resources.
Says Buck, “We are at a turning point in our awareness of this important
social issue, and are now applying our learning to all sectors and asking
them to take action. CAST knows firsthand that by engaging public and
business sectors we can make a big difference in changing consumer or business
practices to address slavery in supply chains. The President’s announcement
of his plan to address forced labor by government contractors is leading the
business model we can all support.”For more information, please visit

Monica Busby (323) 381-0000 <> or Mary Cohen (310) 650-2509 <>



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