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Dark Bali: An Explanation

The Vision

The vision of Dark Bali is simple. We want to see slavery abolished and the lives of survivors restored throughout Indonesia. We do this by strengthening and equipping 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 Model

Our three pillars are Collaborations, Contributions, and Community Resourcing.

Collaboration is the heartbeat of Dark Bali. It is all about establishing partnerships and coordinating between organizations. This is done primarily through the establishment and facilitation/coaching of regional human trafficking task forces and the National Indonesian Anti-Trafficking Task Force. Sometimes our role is simply holding the knowledge of who is doing what in the sector and connecting organizations and individuals accordingly. Other times we may be assisting with multi-org projects or connecting the anti-trafficking community to government entities or global partners and funders. Because we have an established English website, we are often the first stop for outsiders looking for connections in Indonesia’s anti-trafficking sector.

In our Contributions category, we add Indonesia-focused data collection and research to global knowledge. Thus far most of these activities have been in connection with international data collection projects to gather data from Indonesian partners, translate it, and pass it on. Eventually, we hope to be able to sponsor and facilitate desperately needed Indonesian-driven research.

Community Resourcing increases the resources available to the Indonesian anti-trafficking community in the form of professional trainings, translation of global resources and bringing funding to the community by acting as a granting agent to grassroots Indonesian organizations.


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, 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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