COVID-19 response 


74 500

lives directly affected


Adapting to the pandemic

Arise prevents slavery and human trafficking in high-risk communities by addressing root causes. This usually involves interventions with a long term focus to build sustainable resilience to trafficking.

COVID-19 changed the landscape for anti- slavery work. Traffickers prey on vulnerability, which increased dramatically in 2020.

Key indicators:

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Poverty and

unemployment rose

Mass movement commenced, of people from cities
to rural areas which lack employment and infrastructure

Remittances dried up, to rural regions and developing countries that rely on them for survival

Schools and universities closed, and human rights groups observed a global increase in online child sexual exploitation

While the pandemic presented real challenges, it also offered a unique opportunity for innovation and highlighted the value of frontline organizations.

Between March and July, the most effective slavery prevention was to provide food and emergency supplies to high-risk groups. In response to sudden and dramatic unemployment, Arise pivoted from its usual programs to temporary emergency work. We provided 71 emergency grants to our frontline network to establish and resource food banks and delivery services.

After July, Arise looked to the medium term. We rolled out a transitional program of interventions designed to bridge the gap between lockdown and economic recovery. These interventions were closer to our usual model, creating sustainable resilience to trafficking through education, skills training and income diversification, together with emergency relief.


Emergency phase


49 795

individuals supported


families supported

9 553


cities/ areas reached


March - July 2020


India, Albania, Philippines

Responding to COVID-19 and the devastating effects of lockdown in high-risk communities through basic need provision. Most families were given weekly bags of basic nutritional foodstuffs and PPE.

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Transitional phase


24 705

individuals to be

supported (ongoing)

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grants given

grants given


cities/ areas



July 2020 - March 2021


India, Albania, Philippines

Supporting 6 - 8 month transitional programs to build resilience in high-risk communities, while extending emergency support where needed. Programs include education, skills training, income diversification and community- empowerment work.

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