UCF Global Perspectives


NGO Helps Survivors Design Anti-Trafficking Software

Erin Reedy, Francis Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

February 21, 2019

A software company based in California is drawing on survivor’s personal experiences to create anti-human-trafficking technology (Reuters). The non-governmental organization AnnieCannons is helping trafficking victims get back on their feet by teaching them to code (HuffPost). When modern slaves are freed, they are often left with little to no money, education, and/or formal job training (Reuters). According to the NGO, survivors learn coding skills that can generate economic opportunities, a key part in ending the cycle of exploitation. The organization’s coding bootcamp offers free childcare during classes, immediate employment following a successful qualification exam, and assistance with job applications and interviews (HuffPost)

AnnieCannons encourages its students to create software to fix the big problems of the world, including addressing modern slavery with their unique, survivor-centric approach (AnnieCannons). One graduate has created an app to simplify the restraining order process, often a vital part of protecting a victim from their abuser (Reuters). AnnieCannons’ work is among other tech and human-trafficking awareness groups participating in the effort to reach the United Nations goal of eliminating modern slavery by 2030 (Reuters). Jessica Hubley, AnnieCannons’ cofounder, cited a line from Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos as an accurate representation of the organization’s principles: “They thought they buried us. They didn’t realize we were seeds” (HuffPost).





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