CAST is an L.A.-based non-profit with star power; the Honorary Host Committee is represented by Jada Pinkett Smith, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Linda Evans and other celebs. But this organization is much more than the glitz and glam of its Hollywood supporters.
The acronym stands for Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST). The horrific truth is that an estimated 12.3 million people (primarily women and children) are enslaved worldwide today. Trafficking is in fact the fastest-growing criminal enterprise of the 21st century, representing an estimated 9 billion dollars in human commerce annually. And it’s not just a global issue; human trafficking is happening right here in the United States.
Prostitution, sexual exploitation and forced labor or service are all examples of exploitation suffered by those trafficked. Since its founding in 1998, CAST has worked to liberate enslaved children, teens, women and men – and to help them transform themselves from victims to leaders and powerful agents of change.
So we were greatly honored when Dermalogica was recently recognized by this organization as an Honoree for its work in supporting women entrepreneurs through FITE. The award ceremony took place at CAST’s annual “From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Celebrating Women Helping Women, Innovation and Impact,” held at the Skirball Cultural Center. Jane Wurwand, Founder of Dermalogica and FITE, accepted the award on behalf of Dermalogica and was joined by other 2014 Honorees including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland; trafficking survivor and anti-slavery advocate Nena Ruiz; and Chime for Change, founded by Gucci.
“I am so grateful for CAST, for their fearless work to end the tragedy of human trafficking,” said Jane. “This issue strikes close to my own heart, and close to the heart of my organization, because the professional skin care industry thrives on creating opportunities for women around the world, including vulnerable women in the developing world. Freedom and justice are essential human rights, and these are not women’s issues – they are global issues. We are proud to support and stand beside organizations like CAST that help people gain freedom and empowerment.”
For more information about CAST, please visit castla.org.