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Press Release

Razoo Makes a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Fight Child Sex Trafficking in the United States

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013Razoo.com, the fastest-growing crowdfunding site for causes, today announced a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to host a 24-hour Giving Day in Spring 2014 to help raise awareness and the necessary funds to end child slavery and sex trafficking in the U.S. Razoo Giving Days are powerful 24-hour, online crowdfunding fundraising events that unite communities around specific causes. Razoo and its partners will also work to develop and distribute a public service announcement (PSA) in support of this CGI commitment.

“At last year’s CGI annual meeting, President Obama raised awareness for human trafficking and slavery, and President Clinton challenged the CGI community to respond. The catalyst for answering this call came at the TED 2013 Conference, where we were called upon to help solve this intractable problem,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo. “Razoo and its partners have taken on the challenge and are committed to raising awareness and funds for this cause through a Giving Day and national PSA in 2014.”

The group spearheading the CGI commitment with Razoo includes:

  • Bonnie Calvin, producer and curator, The Feast, Future of Storytelling Summit, and formerly TED Prize
  • Ann Charles, CEO, BRANDfog
  • John Lapham, SVP, general counsel, Getty Images
  • Lesley Mansford, CEO, Razoo
  • Wondros, a coalition of storytellers and strategists behind transformative campaigns like “One” and “Yes I am”
  • The Polaris Project, a global organization fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

According to a Polaris Project report, approximately 100,000 U.S. born children are estimated to be enslaved in the domestic sex trade each year. Despite these numbers, there is very little public awareness about this issue, particularly in the local communities where it occurs. And while more than 350 U.S. organizations are working to tackle this issue at multiple levels, they are battling in an under-resourced and cash-strapped environment. Razoo understands that greater awareness and increased funding are necessary to enable these organizations to continue their fight against the enslavement of children and adults, and recognizes that crowdfunding is a fast and effective way to have meaningful impact. 

Leading up to the Giving Day, Razoo and its partners will collaborate with Wondros to produce a powerful PSA that connects potential donors with information about the issue, and the organizations working to fight human trafficking and slavery. Razoo will recruit corporate partners at CGI 2013 to generate awareness, amplify the campaign, and match the donations raised for this cause. The PSA will also provide access to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline, where victims can get assistance and individuals can anonymously report suspected trafficking. As a result of the PSA and Giving Day, hundreds of anti-trafficking and slavery organizations will reach a projected audience of hundreds of thousands of potential donors and supporters.

More information on this campaign will be available at www.razoo.com.
 
About Razoo
Razoo is crowdfunding for causes. Named for an Australian coin of little value on its own, until combined with many, Razoo powers small acts of giving that together change the world. From multimillion-dollar, community-led Giving Days to individuals collecting donations on behalf of the nonprofits or personal causes they support, Razoo has helped raise more than $165 million online – one small donation at a time. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we're creating a new generation of everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/razoogiving.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.