The Freedom Registry API: Fighting the Good Fight Against Human Trafficking

Greg Bates, July 26th, 2013

The Freedom RegistryWhat if you wanted to tackle a really big issue. How about freeing the 27 million people caught in “modern day slavery” through human trafficking (statistic from Wikipedia). Would you: A) Figure out the answer and build the biggest organization you could to solve the problem by yourself, or, B) Work with other organizations already working on this issue because cooperation is essential to solving this, or C) Build an API so the smart people who chose B could have an even bigger impact? Freedom Registry, founded by a group called Chad Dai (which stands for “joining hands” in Khmer)  is already doing B, has just chosen C. They do just what their name says, provide a registry of organizations working on the issue. The Freedom Registry REST API allows developers to retrieve data from the registry.

The API documentation reviews its JSON structure, parameters, how to use the hypermedia links, right down to how the data is paginated. An access key did not appear to be required.

The site has a listing organizations alphabetically that includes details right down to bios of some of the experts in each organization. Here’s how the data works on their map. In the graphic above you can see a detail of a US map, organizations in Illinois. A roll over of the mouse reveals there are 29 organizations in Illinois, 14 of which are based in Chicago.

But look at the menu bar above it. These are a series of filters. So, with no filters there are 783 organizations who have registered with Freedom Registry in the United States. Click on the menu bar and you get choices, like: accepting volunteers (Yes/No). Accepting volunteers as “Yes” chops the total down to 469. More filters narrows the search, of course. IN case you are wondering, “Good practices” applies filters like: registered with the IRS (important for nonprofits!), is it financially transparent and is it part of a coalition?

Launched in 2012, the registry is being replicated and customized in several countries around the world, including Canada and Cambodia. It’s easy to see why they have gotten so far so fast–their vision is simple:

Global partnerships. Global impact. Global change.

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