We denounce human trafficking and educate about its existence through research and community initiatives, anchored in the defense of children and youth rights.
A world free of human trafficking.
Our strategy is threefold: we research human trafficking in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to educate and sensitize the public with the hopes of preventing more people from falling victim to this crime.
In 2002, our Founder & President witnessed the second most lucrative crime in the world, when he rescued three girls that were about to be sold into prostitution in India. These minors were going to become victims of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery.
After the trip to India, Ricky Martin as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador met with activists and determined that his fight would be anchored in education in order to prevent this heinous crime.
The Ricky Martin Foundation has been a leading voice in denouncing and exposing human trafficking globally since the launch of the awareness campaign Slaves of a New Era in 2004.
Since then, we have been consistent in our mission to education about this crime. Also, we have set precedents with our research, presence in international forums, and influence in public policy.
To abolish human trafficking, with a special emphasis on children and youth – one of the most vulnerable segments of the population – is a challenge that we fight consistently.
Today, there are more slaves than ever before. Approximately 30 million people are victims of human trafficking, of which 5.5 million are children.
Currently, human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world, generating $150 billion dollars annually. No country is exempt from this crime. Through our research, we have managed to unmask the existence of this crime in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
While we acknowledge that the fight to eradicate human trafficking is one of the most pressing problems facing society today – too sad and overwhelming to be understood by many – we anchor our hope in education.
Contrata.netFebruary 11, 2016
RMF presented their new educational campaign “Contrata.net” to draw the public’s attention with startling messages about human trafficking.
Centro TAU AnniversaryAugust 25, 2015
Centro TAU anniversary – Centro TAU is a prevention strategy based on a partnership model to empower participants and prevent vulnerable children and youth in areas such as street violence, drug use, and human trafficking, among others.
500 Educational ConferencesMarch 9, 2015
RMF has held over 500 educational conferences in and outside of Puerto Rico to make this crime visible and raise awareness.
RMF ResearchMarch 9, 2015
RMF’s research has led to the creation of over twenty dissertations on human trafficking conducted by academics from various academic institutions.
Law 225 of 2014December 17, 2014
Law 225 of 2014 – Law for the safety, welfare, and child protection – criminalizes human trafficking offenses and penalizes all parents or person responsible for the welfare of a child or any other person who, by action or omission incurs in the intentional exploitation of a minor with imprisonment
Centro TAUAugust 25, 2014
Inauguration of Centro TAU, a proactive action to prevent high-risk communities from becoming possible victims of this crime.
RMF PartnershipMay 15, 2014
RMF in partnership with UPR presented the second study on human trafficking in Puerto Rico: Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery in Puerto Rico.
Pavilion at Plaza Las AméricasMarch 9, 2014
RMF sensitized about 330,000 citizens in our Pavilion at Plaza Las Américas
Dr. César ReyMarch 9, 2014
Dr. César Rey offers the first class on human trafficking in Puerto Rico at the Faculty of Law in the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus
First Sentence in PROctober 11, 2013
First person sentenced for human trafficking in Puerto Rico.
Child Protection Model LawMarch 9, 2012
RMF participates in the creation of the Child Protection Model Law on the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Inclution in Penal CodeMarch 9, 2012
Human Trafficking is included in Puerto Rico’s Penal Code after our pioneer publication.
CNN Heroes PanelMarch 9, 2011
Martin participates as juror in the CNN Heroes panel.
‘Se Trata’ in collaboration with UNICEFMarch 9, 2010
RMF creates Se Trata in collaboration with UNICEF – the first community social action program against child trafficking in Puerto Rico.
RMF PatnershipMarch 9, 2006
RMF in partnership with Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo and the International Organization for Migration launched Call and Live.
Testifies in the United States Congress about the existence of modern slaveryMarch 9, 2006
Ricky Martin testifies in the United States Congress about the existence of modern slavery and becomes an advocate for a vulnerable population.
Slaves of a New EraMarch 9, 2004
Inaugural campaign with which RMF raised awareness about human trafficking throughout Latin America with the initiative People for Children.
Humanitarian Trip to IndiaMarch 9, 2002
Humanitarian trip to India where Ricky Martin learns about the reality of human trafficking when he rescues three girls from the street and decides to focus his efforts to eradicate this crime.