Humans for Humans

We provide free mental health support 
for human trafficking survivors, those indirectly affect by
human trafficking, and the professionals who work with them. 

We promote the anti-trafficking movement and

contribute to the awareness and eradication of modern slavery.

About Us

Our impact goals

1. We aim to create a global community of mental health professionals interested and committed in providing mental health services to human trafficking survivors and professionals working in the field, as well as contributing to the improvement and evaluation of the quality of the services being provided in this field worldwide.

2. Promote well-being and mental health for human trafficking survivors and for the professionals working in the field.

3. Prevent and create awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery among the general public, by mobilizing and involving communities against this crime.

4. Prevention of burnout and vicarious trauma among professionals working in the field.

5. Create opportunities for inclusion and growth for all human trafficking survivors.

Our vision

We believe in a world where all human beings are free and safe. In Humans for Humans we believe in a global community willing to support human trafficking survivors, so that they don’t depend on the resources available on the country where they were rescued. It's time to move beyond labels and stigmatization, COLLABORATION is the only way we can eradicate slavery, everywhere, forever.
 

Our work is based on

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
3.D Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development.
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life5.C Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.
8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment 8.9 By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.
10.4 Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality.
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
16.4 By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return
of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
16.A Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
16.B Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Our work contributes more directly to these targets:

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Meet our team

“Collaboration is key to solve any problem in the world. I am extremely grateful to everyone that believed and supported our mission!
We look at the bright side of the world to keep ourselves sane.
We look at the dark side of the world to keep ourselves useful, together.”

SARA PESTANA

Founder

Sara is a Family Therapist from Porto who has been living in Oslo since 2018. With a master's degree in psychology, she started her career in Portugal, where she worked and volunteered with different at risk populations, first with children and youth in several schools, then doing her master's thesis as port of the investigation group responsible for evaluating the Portuguese residential childcare system and finally working in a protection center for Human Trafficking Survivors.

In Oslo she has been working on topics related to mental health and transition, aiming to support and empower those who are living outside of their home country.

In January 2020 she started Humans for Humans aiming to provide support to all of those directly or indirectly affected by human trafficking, to help them blossom in their new life.
“I’m glad to be a part of the Human for Humans team because I believe in our goal, mission, and that we can change the world!  Moreover, it is a great challenge for me to be a marketing strategist in a non-commercial organization.”

KRISTINA MINEEVA

Marketing Strategist

Kristina is a marketing consultant from Saint-Petersburg who has been living in Oslo since 2014. With a good combination of financial and marketing education, she got her first master’s degree in Marketing, in Russia, and her second master’s degree in Finance, in Norway. She started her career in Oslo in 2017 as a marketing intern in a Norwegian startup which gave her a good boost to register her own company, Mineeva Consulting. Since then, she has been working with several diverse clients. With Kristina’s background and experience, she has strong skills in different areas, from digital marketing, performance marketing, email marketing, market research, strategies, storytelling, budgeting and fundraising.
“My call is to include the community in the equation of mental health support, I don’t longer consider an office as the only therapeutic setting. The community has been transformed as the guru of the future and conscious leaders, our stepping stones. Human trafficking needs to be considered as preventable and treatable not only as a legal concern but mostly as a health situation, where to be treated as a HUMAN is the base.”

FELIPE LILLO CLIMENT

Clinical Psychologist

Felipe Lillo Climent is a clinical Psychologist who has lived in five countries in the last five years. He obtained his master's degree in Health and Clinical Psychology and got experience in working with thousands of people in both professional and volunteer contexts.
His approach includes mind/body practices to broaden the topic of trauma in the mental health community. His current challenge is to practice and get certified in Compassionate Inquiry, a methodology created and supervised by Gabor Mate.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to contribute to Humans for Humans. Modern slavery is a global issue. I want to help give an opportunity to reclaim the life that victims of modern slavery have not been allowed.”

HERMAN FJELLSTAD

Clinical Psychologist

Herman Fjellstod is an experienced psychologist whose work has been more focused on counseling and treatment of burn-out and other work-related mental health issues. He provides on eclectic approach, combining mindfulness, positive psychology and cognitive therapy to improve one's ability to thrive both professionally and personally.
He is a warm and empathic therapist with experience in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, employing evidence bosed cognitive therapy for PTSD, os recommended by the American Psychology Association, the United Kingdom's NHS, as well as the Norwegian Notional Center of Violence and Traumatic Stress.