Challenge Slavery: The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge

USAID’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Campus Challenge directly responds to President Obama’s call to recommit and employ new and innovative ways to end modern slavery.  It is just one example of how we are opening development up to different communities.  Included in the implementation of the Agency’s 2012 C-TIP Policy, USAID policy and programs place a heightened emphasis on innovation, technology, and empirical research to help prevent trafficking and provide assistance to victims.

Tech Contest Winners: 

First place prize - $5,000

  • Abolishop
    Submitted by: Wes Williams, Kwamina Orleans-Pobee, and Nicholas Montgomery
    School: Virginia Tech

A prototype browser extension with the hopes of informing consumers of the impact of their purchases while shopping online. This extension searches through the user’s Amazon shopping cart and assigns a grade to each item based on the brand’s rating in Not For Sale’s database. Not For Sale’s ratings indicate the likelihood and extent to which a production system contributes to or otherwise utilizes slave labor.

Second place prizes - $2,500


  • It Takes a Network: Reclaiming Cyberspace in the Struggle against TIP
    Submitted by: Dave Blair
    School: Georgetown University


  • Mxit Freedom Line
    Submitted by:  Wes Williams, Kwamina Orleans-Pobee, and Nicholas Montgomery
    School: Virginia Tech

Tech Contest Objectives and Timeline:  The challenge, promoted at, calls on university students, in the United States and around the world, to offer creative ideas and solutions to prevent trafficking and provide assistance to victims and survivors.  Launched on October 11, 2012, the challenge began by creating a community of students who participated in a number of discussions to help educate, provoke thought, and explore specific problems to tackle trafficking. During these discussions, students were invited to prepare short concept notes along with dynamic video media and/or online media to be submitted from November 28 to January 31. The community had another opportunity to participate in the challenge by voting on the best submissions from February 1 to February 15, as one part of the judging process. In conjunction with partners, USAID announced the winners and prizes in March 2013.


Partnerships:  As President Obama noted in New York in September, no government or nation can meet this challenge of combatting trafficking alone.  That is why USAID is seeking partnerships with a number of organizations that bring a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to this endeavor.  By collaborating with MTV Exit, Slavery Footprint, Free the Slaves, and Not for Sale, we seek to maximize our efforts and inspire scores of people already working on this issue and invite new activists to the cause, ultimately strengthening the movement to return freedom to the millions of people robbed of their dignity every day.  Join us, join them. Go to    

Last updated: March 25, 2013

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