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Dark Bali: An Explanation

Dark Bali An Explanation

The Vision

The vision of Dark Bali is simple. We want to see sex slavery abolished and the broken lives of survivors restored through creating awareness, empowering advocacy, and building partnerships for the prevention, rescue, and restoration of trafficked children in Bali and throughout Indonesia. We do this by supporting those on the front lines of abolition work – the caregivers, the non-profits, the government agencies and police, and the community leaders advocating on behalf of trafficking victims and survivors.


The Programs

Collaboration – Human trafficking will only be eliminated when local abolitionists are effectively working together and have a voice in the global anti-trafficking movement. Dark Bali’s role is to strengthen this network and amplify these voices. We do this through:

  • identifying and networking existing anti-trafficking organizations into the Dark Bali coalition
  • facilitating regular regional and National Task Force meetings
  • coordinating projects between organizations and government entities
  • connecting Indonesian organizations to international networks and resources

Contributions – There exists little current data available to those researching or developing strategies targeted toward combating human trafficking within Indonesia. Dark Bali serves the grassroots Indonesian community by:

  • participating in data collection and research projects
  • serving as a bridge between our local partners and English-speaking researchers and stakeholders

Community – Dark Bali supports local abolitionist leaders fighting against human trafficking in their own cities by listening and responding according to their goals and priorities. Strengthening the reach and capacity of this community is at the core of Dark Bali’s mission. We do this by:

  • providing needed training and professional development to the Indonesian anti-trafficking community
  • translating quality resources into Indonesian
  • identifying/addressing current gaps in the national anti-trafficking response
  • facilitating access into global anti-trafficking networks


How We Define Success

There are an estimated 1,220,000 Indonesians enslaved today. The task before us is monumental. While we will always move toward our vision of eliminating slavery in Indonesia, we believe that success is measured in how we do that. In our role in the Indonesian anti-trafficking community, we support the front lines with what they have articulated as their most pressing needs whether they are working in prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, policy, or research.

The reality is that there are hundreds of incredible leaders across Indonesia doing so much with so little. Our goal is to smooth the way for them, fill in gaps like data collection and research, and provide support, training, and resources so that they can do their work more effectively. At a recent Dark Bali training event, a coalition member said, “I am discovering that there are abolitionists in Indonesia that I didn’t even know existed. If we can be connected, we can do more… and we won’t feel so alone.”

Whenever our coalition partners are equipped with what they need and do not feel alone in their efforts, we know we are successful.


(To join Dark Bali in order to equip and serve all of our coalition partners through our Collaboration, Contributions, and Community programs, contact us or become a financial partner.)

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