Human trafficking is a complex problem requiring approaches from many angles.


EFN combats human trafficking and commercial exploitation with these six strategies:

Facilitate Collaboration

Human trafficking is an organized and criminal activity that crosses international boundaries. Combating it requires an effective, coordinated, and global response from a variety of stakeholders who are willing to share information and ideas and create new solutions. We facilitate collaboration between organizations and stakeholders in multiple ways and across different platforms in order to produce innovative approaches and greater impact. We do this through:

  • Topic Focused Action Groups

  • National Networks

  • Organisation Directory

  • Facilitated Workshops

Build Capacity

The anti-trafficking sector needs all participants operating at their best. This means strong and healthy organizations that use professional, evidence-based programmes that deliver impactful results. We build capacity within individuals and organizations so that they are able to respond confidently and appropriately to the problems and opportunities they face in combating human trafficking and commercial exploitation. We do this through:

  • Annual Bridge Conference

  • Primary Leader Support

  • Member Care

  • Webinars and training

Engage Churches

The Church is a global body that offers a unique contribution to the fight against human trafficking and commercial exploitation and the restoration of survivors. When properly motivated and equipped, the Church can uniquely speak up for survivors and against injustice as well as mobilize people and resources. We partner with and equip churches by providing the training and tools they need to fulfill their unique mandate in combating trafficking and exploitation. We do this through:

  • Ministry Training

  • Resource Development

  • Consultation

Empower Survivors

Survivors are people with their own agency who are equal contributors and partners in combating human trafficking and commercial exploitation. This requires treating survivors with dignity, respecting their stories, and providing opportunities for them to receive the help they want and need so that they can flourish in life. We seek to empower survivors through active listening, co-creating knowledge, and meaningful collaboration in order to design and deliver effective services and solutions. We do this through:

  • Ethical Story Telling

  • Survivor Participation

  • Aftercare Training

  • Trauma Training

Change Systems

Human trafficking and commercial exploitation exist and thrive because of inadequate systems and gaps present in society. Transformation of these systems requires political, legal, and economic bodies to pass, enforce and abide by just laws that target criminals and corrupt practices and provide support and help to victims and survivors. We help change systems by partnering with and influencing societal leaders advocating on behalf of those most affected by human trafficking and commercial exploitation. We do this through:

  • Advocacy

  • Advocacy Training

  • Research

Influence Culture

The general public is unaware of the pervasiveness of human trafficking and commercial exploitation and the devastation it brings to individual lives and society as a whole. Human trafficking and commercial exploitation must become abhorrent in society and the general public must demand and act for change. We influence culture by providing relevant and effective awareness and education to the general public about trafficking and exploitation as well as providing tangible ways that they can get involved in the fight against it. We do this through:

  • Don’t Shut Your Eyes Campaign

  • Campaign Advice Newsletter