More than 40 million people from every part of the globe are living as modern day slaves. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise, with an estimated $150 billion in annual earnings for exploiters. At least one of every two of the world’s children have experienced violence. This cannot be the world we share.

 
 
 
 

 
 

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

 – Mahatma Gandhi

 

 
The ICV Gives Freedom Fund

ICV has carefully selected early and mid-stage nonprofit organizations — focused on ending modern slavery, human trafficking with an emphasis on sex trafficking, and violence against women and children — for a portfolio structured within a donor-advised fund.

The ICV Give Freedom Fund is designed for wealthy individuals who wish to advance the well-being of humankind through their philanthropy but may not have the time to diligence organizations or consider their allocations may be too large for the capacity of early stage organizations.

ICV conducts extensive due diligence on the organizations, gaining transparency into the organization, which we, in turn, provide to our donors.

We look for healthy organizations that have created measurable results with a small amount of money, and are ready to scale with additional funds to create an even greater impact.
 
 
 
(featured organizations in alphabetical order)
 
 

 
End Child Marriage: Too Young To Wed

The ICV Give Freedom Fund is pleased to support Too Young To Wed, an early stage nonprofit organizations focused on ending child marriage.

Today, we live in a world where every two seconds, a girl is married against her will. When a child becomes a bride at such a young age, she loses the right to go to school, the right to make decisions about her health and the right to determine her own future. In the worst of cases, girls that are married under the age of 15 years old are five times more likely to die during child birth.
 
 
A young girl meeting her husband for the first time:
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 
 
Over the past 15 years, Too Young To Wed’s founder Stephanie Sinclair, a National Geographic photographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has been working on the issue of ending child marriage by showing the world through her lens the stark realities of forced child marriage in Africa and the Middle East.

She and her team have been hopeful that the right people would see not just with their eyes but their hearts and be part of needed and welcome change.
 
 
Child brides:
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 

After seeing NGOs leave Nigeria because of conflict, Stephanie came up with a creative solution to create systemic change by empowering women, helping to keep them safe, and introducing a new belief about women who have been abducted.
 
 

“Why feed someone else’s cow?”

 – the response of a mother when it was suggested to have her daughter educated

 
 
Too Young To Wed has introduced a new belief to help change the view of the community members of girls who have been abducted. The organization is taking a holistic approach to development and launching programs in Nigeria, where most of the girls that have been abducted have one outfit. One outfit that they may wear for two years, and one outfit that while they clean, they risk being raped.
 
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 
 
In some cases, girls are not just married as children, but abducted from their homes. The terrorist group Boko Haram uses child brides in Nigeria to entice young men to join their ranks, turning girls into the spoils of war and even sex slaves under the guise of “marriage.”

Girls who manage to escape leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs as they flee for their lives. When (and if) they reach the relative safety of the city, these garments, torn and ragged, instantly identify each girl as an internally displaced person or former “Boko Haram wife.” Their tattered clothing unfairly helps to stigmatize the already traumatized girls, placing them in psychological and physical danger. In fact, almost all of the survivors Too Young To Wed met in Nigeria reported verbal and physical abuse in their communities, including rocks being thrown at them in the streets.

The simple act of offering clothing can instantly change a girl’s life. A new set of clothing starts the process of healing as it allows each girl a new start, as she is able to “look like a normal girl,” as Ya Kaka, a Boko Haram survivor, told Too Young To Wed in March. “[She has] lost that bad identity.”
 
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 
 

With your generous philanthropic support, Too Young To Wed will effectively build a micro enterprise community for soft economic power.
 
 
Project Name: Fashion with Purpose
A Too Young to Wed Economic and Leadership Initiative

The Goal:

To enable adolescent girls recently freed from captivity and unable to participate in TYTW education program to develop their technical capacity, entrepreneurship and business skills to competitively compete in the labor market through a tailoring vocational training initiative — Fashion with Purpose.

The Objectives:

1. To provide the necessary social and financial resources to train a maximum of 20 girls.
2. To promote a positive image of freed women in the work force.
3. To improve the access of freed women to vocational training.
4. To strengthen the girls’ independence within their families and have a stronger voice/role in the community.
5. To reduce the costs of purchasing emergency clothing for rescued girls by TYTW once freed from their captors.

For $44,700, you can help Too Young To Wed to build a Program. Where schools don’t exist, with partnership opportunities, the organization can build a new center as it scales up and scales out to serve more vulnerable girls. Program graduates will be part of a new generation of young women leaders, who will positively transform their local communities by employing other child marriage survivors. Providing these vocational opportunities will also cultivate the physical, psychological, and social and spiritual well-being of our students, allowing them to rebuild the skills and self-confidence necessary to create successful futures.

For $3500 (market price), the girls supported by the organization can make 100 outfits for 100 girls. This breaks down to $35 per outfit of which materials cost $25, and the girls receive $10.
 
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 
 
This program, which will provide the girls with the skills and knowledge to become successful seamstresses, will enable them to establish their own businesses and
become financially independent and self-sufficient. Upon completion of the intensive course of study, the Youth Centre will provide each of the girls with the equipment and materials needed to set up their own tailoring shops and begin earning a living.

The outfits will give the young women self-confidence, dignity and a sense of a purpose in the community. A new belief will be introduced to their families and community members when they have a positive image of freed women in the work force. This holistic approach will strengthen the girls’ independence within their families and have a stronger voice/role in the community.
 
 
Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair
 
 
We were fortunate to have met this young woman pictured above, during her recent visit to the United States. There were days when she was raped ten times a day by different men. She risked her life to share her story. Shortly after her visit, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a resolution that included the issue of needed funding for child marriage. She is one of the bravest woman we know, and, after all she has been through, she lights up a room.

It is hard to wrap our heads around how anyone could do this to another human being, it is hard to imagine what is imprinted on these children and the view they must have of the world and of humanity. But, there is hope because there are organizations like Too Young To Wed.
 
 

 
Documentary: “The Forgotten People of Kashmir”

Kashmir is an 86,000-square mile region of the Indian subcontinent. Since 1947, Kashmir has been embroiled in political conflict, including a territorial dispute between India, Pakistan and China. The separatist violence in Kashmir has also resulted in human rights abuses and propelled the displacement of many.

When one story leaked about the mass rape and killing of an 8-year old girl by 8 men, including a police officer, the story made international headlines. After the eight men were arrested, the people of the village, including doctors, lawyers and other professionals, charged the streets to protest their arrests; a ‘pro-rapist rally.’ Sadly, atrocities like this happen all too often, and are too quickly forgotten. Today, this story about the 8-year old victim is old news.

The culture of sexualized violence, including rape, requires systematic intervention to bring about ethical change.

A woman is often targeted with rape because she is symbolic of her community and cultural values. Women’s bodies, girl’s bodies are often defiled to harm the community.

The Forgotten People of Kashmir is a 70-minute documentary about the powerful journey of a filmmaker going undercover to Jammu and Kashmir to document the human rights violations being committed against the people including mass rape, torture, extrajudicial executions, mass blindings, disappearances, mass graves, and more.
 
 
 

 
 
Director’s Statement

In the words of film director Anne Leigh Cooper, “We have finally arrived in a time where survivors can openly share their stories. I am a rape survivor myself and find it important to bring stories of injustice into the light. I found incredible strength when I brought my story into the light and I want to create change for the people of Kashmir that have been ignored by their government and society in general. Kashmir has been in a state of despair for many years, and, since 1947, it’s been a conflict zone. Every day, Kashmiris experience crimes against humanity with very little awareness from the rest of the world. We need your help to create a bridge towards a larger understanding and to bring justice to light.”
 
 
On-the-Ground Research

Anne and the other filmmakers risked their lives to film this documentary, capturing extensive footage of the realities in Kashmir, including stories told by the survivors.

As part of her work as Executive Director of The Give Freedom Fund, Anne has identified human rights organizations whose staff is working hard and under threat to address mass rapes, torture, mass blinding as well as uncovering enforced disappearances, mass graves and extrajudicial killings in Kashmir.
 
 

 
Strength in Numbers: Together for Girls

The ICV Give Freedom Fund is pleased to support Together for Girls, a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls.

We envision a world where every child, adolescent, and young person is safe, protected, and thriving.
 
 
 

 
 
The data is clear: Violence against children happens everywhere and often. Violence is a disease, transmitted in cycles from one generation to the next, with severe health, economic, and social consequences to individuals, communities, and countries. Sexual violence is particularly problematic and often hidden, and it is especially prevalent among girls. In fact, data from the Violence Against Children Survey, led by CDC as part of the Together for Girls partnership, show that approximately 1 in 3 girls experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18, and 1 in 4 of girls report their first sex was forced or coerced.
 
 

This violence can have life-altering consequences, including high rates of HIV, unintended pregnancy, and poor mental health.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Violence Against Children Survey data also show that very few of those who experience sexual violence receive any kind of service (health, justice, social protection, etc.).
 
 
 
 

 
 
Although sexual violence is a global pandemic, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. We know cycles of violence can be interrupted, and consequences mitigated, especially if we start in childhood and early adolescence. We have the knowledge and tools to effectively intervene. But a problem of this magnitude can only be solved in partnership. Using the data as our guide, the Together for Girls partnership is leading the way in ending violence against children, with a special focus on ending sexual violence against girls. Founded in 2009, Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership that brings together national governments, UN entities and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to violence. To do this, the partnership uses a three-pronged model: data, action, and advocacy to promote evidence-based solutions, galvanize coordinated response across sectors, and raise awareness. Currently, Together for Girls works with more than 22 countries around the world. We now have data for approximately 10% of the world’s children, adolescents and young people—new and valuable information that did not exist before.
 
 
 

 
 
With strong and reliable data to guide the way, we bring together the key actors in a country to develop comprehensive national action plans—with high-level government commitment, clear divisions of labor, and concrete accountability measures. These plans make a difference. For example, after the launch of its plan in early 2015, Malawi has increased the number of cases handled by police by 18%, enacted laws to end child marriage and trafficking in persons, and trained over 16,000 girls in self-defense and empowerment strategies.
 
 
 
UNICEF photo credit: © UNICEF Malawi2015Gumulira
 
 
 
Through its communications and advocacy work, Together for Girls aims to raise awareness, promote evidence-based solutions, and lift up the voices of survivors and young people. One example of this work is the Every Hour Matters campaign, launched by Together for Girls in 2016, which raises awareness about the critical timelines for post-rape care. The campaign brings together leading global partners like Women Deliver, PMNCH, CARE, and PSI, and includes a suite of resources available to a wide range of organizations. Mostly recently, Every Hour Matters launched an innovative Youth Engagement Toolkit aimed at training young people on how to respond and assist a peer who has experienced sexual violence.
 
 

 
 
We believe there is strength in numbers and power in action. We all have a role to play in ending violence against children. Together, we can create a safer, more equitable world for every child and adolescent. To learn more, visit Together for Girls.
 
 
 

 
SDG Targets

The all-encompassing Sustainable Development Gaols are the collective blueprint for humanity. The ICV Give Freedom Fund will focus on achieving SDG 5.2, SDG 8.7, SDG 16.2 and SDG 17 Targets.
 
 

SDG 5.2
Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
SDG 5.2.1
Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age.  
SDG 5.2.2
Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence.  
SDG 5.3
Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
SDG 5
SDG 8.7
Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.  
SDG 8.7.1
Proportion and number of children aged 5? 17 years engaged in child labour, by sex and age.  
SDG 8
SDG 16.2
End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.  
SDG 16.2.1
Proportion of children aged 1-17 years who experienced any physical punishment and/or psychological aggression by caregivers in the past month.  
SDG 16.2.2
Number of victims of human trafficking per 100,000 population, by sex, age and form of exploitation.  
SDG 16.2.3
Proportion of young women and men aged 18? 29 years who experienced sexual violence by age 18.  
SDG 16
SDG 17.3
Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources.  
SDG 17.5
Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries.  
SDG 17.9
Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.  
SDG 17.16.1
Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the sustainable development goals.  
SDG 17.17
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.  
SDG 17.18
By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.  
SDG 17.19
By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries.  
SDG 17

 
 
 

 
Management Team

Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We extensively diligence organizations, conducting on-the-ground research and large-scale interviews to clarify risks and identify opportunities.
 

Anne Cooper

Anne Leigh Cooper, Executive Director, is a filmmaker and human rights activist based in New York City. Anne Leigh Cooper has since directed and produced several social impact films including “Stockholm Syndrome” and Documentary “Feminism in Nicaragua; The last trench”. Her current projects in development “What about HER? A true inspired narrative about sex trafficking and documentary “The forgotten People of Kashmir” about human rights violations including torture and mass rape in Indian occupied Kashmir in post production. Anne Leigh Cooper has become a celebrated speaker and activist on the topic of Human Sex Trafficking, rape and violence against women including a delivery to the United Nations, several human rights conferences and several ground breaking initiatives in social impact around the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves whether we could have done more for the health and well-being of the planet, of humanity and all living things.

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Photo credit: Stephanie Sinclair

 

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.