The Bottom Line Up Front

Exposing the illicit networks underlying human rights crises and empowering global stakeholders to act decisively against them.

Global security cannot exist without human security — the security and wellbeing of individuals and their communities. Two of the biggest threats to human security are forced labor and human rights abuse, which are currently deeply intertwined with global systems of trade and finance.

C4ADS seeks to uncover human security crimes, their perpetrating networks, and their connections to global systems. We use an array of publicly available data sources to map these linkages, including global supply chains, financial flows, and transit routes. In this way, we connect the narratives of individuals facing abuse with data on the actors and systems facilitating this abuse. By sharing this data with global stakeholders, we then inform the global response to human rights crises and enable disruptive action against these crimes.