The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) will host its 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Event on May 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills.

Honorary event host for the evening is Jada Pinkett Smith. Celebrity guests will include Sara Rue, Nicole Scherzinger, Russell Simmons, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Ling.

The event will recognize and celebrate the social and systematic changes that occur when a coalition of diverse and dedicated people come together to put an end to modern-day slavery. The evening will include:

• Special program and presentation of awards by Jada Pinkett Smith and Lisa Ling
• Musical performance by classical pianist Chloe Flower
• Hors d’oeuvres
• Open bar

Human trafficking is a real and serious problem in the United States. Nearly 150 years following the abolition of slavery in the United States, there are a at least 18,000 people who are trafficked into the U.S. every year, with Los Angeles serving as one of the top three points of entry.

CAST has been internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of trafficking survivors, the mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and the provision of direct services for victims.

All proceeds raised from the event will help fund CAST programs and services that provide human trafficking survivors with 24-hour access to safety and comprehensive, trauma-informed care that helps them rebuild their lives and become thriving members of the community.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 9, 2013
6pm to 9pm

WHERE:
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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