Internet giant Google announced in December it will provide $11.5 million in grants split between ten organizations working to end slavery and human trafficking.
Gary Haugen, president of grant recipient International Justice Mission said the grant will help his group and others like it in their work to rescue victims of slavery and exploitation around the world.
“This is the largest corporate step up to the challenge that is beginning to apply direct resources to the fight against slavery,” Haugen told CNN.
Experts say there could be anywhere from 10 million to 30 million modern-day slaves spanning dozens of countries.
Google representatives said they chose the cause because it puts the focus on the most essential human right—freedom. The grants comprise a portion of the total $40 million Google committed to charitable causes in late 2011.