|By Business Wire||
|October 14, 2013 01:17 PM EDT||
Central Desktop today announced it is donating a full-year license for its SocialBridge cloud collaboration platform to the International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA). IILA provides direct services to communities in need, including immigrants, low-income families and international victims of human trafficking. The non-profit organization will use SocialBridge to build a resource center to connect numerous anti-trafficking groups and law enforcement agencies.
“All these organizations need some way of coordinating with each other,” said IILA project lead Delia Chamberlain. “The left hand doesn’t always know what the right hand is doing. First and foremost, we want to network people.”
Chamberlain is serving as the project lead in the creation of a SocialBridge-backed “central clearinghouse” for trafficking prevention. Within this single location in the cloud, Chamberlain and her colleagues will share research and resources, recommend volunteers, create calendar events and, driven by newly created databases, ensure that people in need are matched with the facilities best positioned to serve them.
“I was looking for something to help me create what we’d dreamed up,” Chamberlain said. “Central Desktop is the vehicle for that.”
Human trafficking takes several forms, most commonly sexual exploitation and forced labor. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that 2.5 million trafficking victims exist at any given time, impacting every region of the world and fueling tens of billions of dollars of criminal enterprise each year. Trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal activities in the world. Within the United States, California has one of the largest concentrations of trafficking survivors.
“Central Desktop is very proud to partner with an organization like the International Institute of Los Angeles,” said Mark Fordham, Central Desktop’s vice president of services. “We are humbled to be providing IILA a collaboration tool that will help in its mission of helping individuals and families integrate into society and removing barriers they face in that journey.”
Each quarter, as part of its CD Gives program, Central Desktop chooses a non-profit to receive a SocialBridge license for a full year, including implementation assistance. SocialBridge helps non-profits connect their communities, centralize communication, manage projects efficiently and save money and resources without having to install new hardware or software. Read more about CD Gives or apply here.
About Central Desktop
Central Desktop helps people work together in ways they never imagined possible. Our SocialBridge online collaboration platform connects people and information in the cloud, making it possible to share files, combine knowledge, inspire ideas, manage projects and more. Central Desktop serves more than half a million users worldwide. Key Central Desktop customers include CBS, MLB.com, Harvard University, the Humane Society of the United States, Javelin Marketing Group, Upshot, Engauge, WD-40 and Workday. Founded in 2005, Central Desktop is a privately-held company with headquarters in Pasadena, California. For more information, visit www.centraldesktop.com.