Public Policy & Government Relations

Humanity United’s policy team in Washington, D.C. regularly engages governments, civil society, and others to advocate for solutions to prevent and respond to modern slavery and conflicts around the world.

While we do our own direct advocacy, Humanity United most often works with partners, like-minded organizations, and individuals to collectively impact the policy and U.S. and international response towards some of the world’s most intractable problems.

We have worked to ensure attention and coordinated advocacy around the U.S. government’s responses to the many conflicts in Sudan and the civil war in South Sudan. We have also worked with key partners to press for peaceful solutions to conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Our policy team also successfully advocated for policies and greater U.S. support in two key areas: to increase the focus on preventing violent conflicts from happening before they occur and to address emerging complex crises around the world, including building effective institutions within the U.S. government to address these challenges.

We also work to combat modern slavery in all its forms. In 2007, Humanity United established the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) to ensure strong U.S. leadership in global efforts to end forced labor, debt bondage, sex trafficking, and other forms of modern slavery. For ten years, we proudly supported capacity for the coalition, supplied central staff to help coordinate the coalition, and brought in expertise to help ATEST meet its objectives. As a result of our support, ATEST has now transformed into an independent and self-sustaining coalition.

We believe that the power of our partnerships allows us to multiply the impact of our investments and our voices to move from a culture of response to one of prevention.