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Effective Date: Jan. 15, 2020


Privacy Statement and Cookie Policy


General Purpose

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (“CATW”) is a non-governmental, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide. CATW respects your privacy and recognizes the importance of protecting your personal information. We have prepared this Privacy Statement and Cookie Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) to help you understand important information about CATW’s privacy practices. This Policy applies to our website (catwinternational.org) and any content delivered by CATW through our website, including, but not limited to, our Take Action, videos, donation, mailing list sign-up, and social media pages (the “Site”). This Policy describes the kinds of personal information from or about you that we may gather via the Site, how we use, share and protect such information, and how you can manage your preferences concerning our uses and sharing of such information. This Privacy Policy is not intended to cover Personal Information that may be collected offline.

Throughout this policy, “CATW,” “us,” “our,” or “we” refers to, collectively, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. “You” or “your” refers to any person using the Site.

This Privacy Policy forms part of our online Terms and Condition of Use (https://catwinternational.org/terms-and-conditions-of-use/); please read each document carefully. By visiting the Site, you consent to our collection, use, and sharing of personal information about you as described in this Privacy Policy and in our Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy or our Terms and Conditions of Use, please do not use the Site.

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will post any changes on this page, and update the “Last Updated” date at the bottom, so be sure to check back periodically to stay aware of any modifications. Your use of the Site after changes have been posted will constitute your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and any changes.

What Personal Information Do We Collect?

User Provided Information

CATW’s online content is free, and you are not required to have an account with us to access this content. We may collect, store, and transfer certain identifying information from or about you in connection with your use of or submissions to the Site.

We may collect the following personal information directly from you online when you register for our mailing list, donate to our organization, seek a job opportunity with us, attend events or other activities we offer, sign petitions, share your personal photographs or videos with us, follow us on social media, or like, comment, or share our content on social media.

When you register to for our mailing list, you must provide us with the following required information:

  • email address.

During registration, you may also voluntarily provide the following information, which will be combined with the required registration information:

  • first and last name;
  • mailing address or region of the world;
  • telephone number; and
  • company name.

When you make a donation, you must provide us with the following required information:

  • first and last name;
  • email address;
  • mailing address;
  • telephone number (optional); and,
  • credit or debit card information.

This information will be combined with other information related to your donation, including: amount and frequency of donation, and matching gift and other donation details, including name and contact information of individuals for whom a gift is in honor of or in memory of.

When you request information on our events or job opportunities, sign petitions, contact us, or follow us on social media, or like, comment, or share our content on social media, we may also collect the following information:

  • first and last name;
  • email address;
  • your region of the world;
  • telephone number;
  • content of communications with us, including in a cover letter and resume;
  • username and public information, including personal posts, photographs, and videos, made available through social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn.

Depending on the nature of your interaction with us, the required information above will be combined with the following additional details:

  • date of event;
  • type of event for which you are registering;
  • your interest in volunteering generally;
  • whether you have referred others to our events; and
  • statistics regarding total registrations.

Automatically Collected Information and Tracking

Usage Data

We also automatically collect tracking information from all visitors about how they use the Site. We use cookies and other technologies to help compile browser statistics, such as log file information (i.e., Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, browser language, pages viewed, and the date and time of a site visit).

Tracking Data and Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files placed on your device to store data that can be recalled by a web server in the domain that placed the cookie.

We do not use cookies for online tracking for advertising.

Cookies and similar technologies are used on our Site to help improve your experience while using the Site.

Cookies are not strictly necessary to access our Site. You may instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to allow your browser to alert you when a cookie is set. However, if you do not accept cookies, certain parts of the Site may function differently and not as well and you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.

Our Site does not respond to web browser “do not track” signals.

The types of cookies used on our Site are:

  • Session Cookies.We use session cookies to operate our Site and for security purposes.
  • Persistent Cookies.We use persistent cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.

We would like to use optional cookies to help personalize your experience. These cookies collect information related to your browsing sessions that are used to tailor your online experience, for analytics, and to improve the Site. For example, certain persistent cookies set by Salsa Labs function to help us manage relationships with our Site users by remembering information provided in online donation forms. We also use Google Analytics cookies to help us better understand how the Site is used in order to better serve you and understand how visitors use the Site, including the source and patterns relating to user traffic. These cookies collect information as described by Google.

None of the cookies used on the Site are strictly necessary to access our Site. You may reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to allow your browser to alert you when a cookie is set, or clear cookies from your browser. However, certain parts of the Site may function differently and not as well and you may not be able to use some portions of our Site. For more information about how to manage your cookies preferences, you should use the “help” menu of your web browser or explore the customer support sections of your web browser. Please note that you need to configure each browser on each device that you use if you wish to automatically opt-out or block some or all cookies.

How We Use and Share Personal Information

Uses of Personal Information

We collect and use your information to operate the Site and manage the services you request. This includes coordinating petitions, processing event registrations, processing donations, and registering volunteers. It also includes alerting recipients on our email list of upcoming events, programs, and news so they may stay current on new developments related to CATW. We may periodically contact you with offers, surveys, donations, and information about our services, your subscription, legal notices, or other important information.

We also work with third parties to analyze your use of the Site, including the time and duration of your use of the Site or other information about your interaction with our online content. This data is used to help us improve the functionality of the Site.

Sharing of Personal Information

We take the privacy of all individuals very seriously.  We do not sell your personal information, and only share your personal information in certain situations.

First, CATW may share your personal information with our partner organizations.  For instance, your name and email address as part of a shared advocacy campaign with a partner organization.

Second, CATW also partners with and hires other companies to provide services on its behalf, such as to help conduct fundraising, relationship and event management, and advocacy activities. In some circumstances, we may directly share your personal information with these service providers, who agree to protect such information. For instance, we outsource the processing of your payment card information to Salsa Labs, which collects such information directly when you make a donation on our Site.

Third, we may also share your information in the event that it is necessary for any of the following reasons:

  • to protect our rights or property or the safety of our employees or others;
  • to comply with any court order, legal process, or respond to any governmental or regulatory request;
  • to transfer information in the event of a merger, transfer of assets, or other organizational restructuring; and/or,
  • to prevent, or take other action regarding actual or suspected illegal or fraudulent activities or potential threats to the physical safety or well-being of any person.

Your Choices Regarding the Personal Information We Collect

We will honor your choices concerning our collection, use, or sharing of personal information about you. For example, if you receive email communications from us (e.g., newsletters and communications regarding our services) but do not wish to receive further information, you may “opt out” of receiving such by following the instructions contained in those email messages.

Links to Third Party Sites

Our Site may contain links to other websites provided by third parties, such as social media plug-ins. Please be aware that we do not control these third party websites or any of the content contained on those websites. Once you click links that take you to other websites, we cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. We encourage you to exercise caution and to read the privacy policy for any website that you visit. The inclusion of hyperlinks to third party websites on our Sites in no way constitutes an endorsement by us of such websites’ content, security practices, or policies.

Information Security

CATW is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust, and we take reasonable security measures to protect your information, including the use of appropriate physical, technical, and administrative controls. However, no security system is impenetrable, and no transmission or electronic storage of information is guaranteed to be secure. We therefore urge you to always use caution when transmitting information over the Internet.

Children’s Information

The Site is not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under 13 years of age through the Site, unless provided by a parent, guardian, or other adult seeking our services on behalf of a child.

International Transfers

We are based in New York in the United States. The information you submit to us and that we automatically collect as a result of your using the Site will be transferred to the United States, where the privacy and data protection rules may differ from those in your country. By using our Site, you consent to the international transfer to, and storage of, your personal information in the United States.

Your California Privacy Rights

California’s “Shine The Light” law permits residents of California to annually request and obtain information free of charge about what personal information is disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. We do not disclose your personal information to third parties for the third parties’ own direct marketing purposes.

We May Change this Notice

From time to time, we may change our privacy practices, and this Privacy Policy, because of changes in relevant and applicable legal or regulatory requirements, our business practices, or in our attempts to better serve your needs and those of our other customers. Notice of such changes to our privacy practices will be given in the manner described in the Terms and Conditions of Use and a revised Privacy Policy will be posted on the Site.

Contact Us

If you have any further inquiries about our Privacy Policy or practices, or wish to change your preferences concerning our uses or sharing of your information, please contact us at:

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – International
P.O. Box 7160
JAF Station
New York, NY 10116 USA
[email protected]


Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2020



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