Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE) started its work in June 2018 when both the founders merged their efforts for oppressed and voiceless communities.
ECSPE operates in countries where Christians and other minorities face persecution due to their faith. The organization is focused on helping victims of social, constitutional, and religious discrimination in their respective countries.
ECSPE directs its resources towards fighting against blasphemy laws, forced conversions, rape, and abductions. We aim to eradicate slavery in the Indian subcontinent. Due to the high rate of poverty in India and Pakistan, millions of people are forced into modern-day slavery.
In past years, our founders were able to liberate thousands of people from slavery, and we believe that in the next ten years, we can eliminate slavery from this region if we can secure the necessary resources.
The history of our founders:
In 2009, over six weeks, we mobilized our teams to provide healthcare services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa (NWFP).
During the worst flood in the history of Pakistan (in 2010), our teams were able to reach and rescue hundreds of victims. What was exceptional about this effort is that we accomplished rescues that no
other organization could be due to our ability to access spots that were otherwise unreachable by vehicles.
In 2010, we initiated a campaign against the misuse of the blasphemy law by providing legal support to the victims of this controversial law.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our founders, Farrukh Saif and Keith Davies, dozens of blasphemy victims were released from jails, and many of them were subsequently rescued and relocated to safe countries. Here are more details.
Between 2010 and 2018, we rescued many young women and teenage girls who had been abducted and forced into marriage by members of the majority community, which often included forced conversion.
From 2014 to 2018, we saved thousands of people from slavery. Not only did we free them, but we also provided each head of the household with a new job that paid a living wage, a new home they could afford to rent, and initial basic requirements. We also partnered with local educational charities to ensure the children received a proper education. Every victim we saved has never returned to slavery because we addressed the underlying issues of poverty that are required for permanent success. No other international charity has come close to achieving what we have with our limited resources in terms of both success and the large number of victims saved. We provided the fishing rod, not just the fish.
In 2014, our founders began working with Pakistani asylum seekers in Thailand by providing food and other necessary supplies. We tried to save hundreds of families and persuaded UNHCR Bangkok to schedule refugee status interviews for those who had filed for asylum.
In 2015, after learning about the dire situation in the Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok, our founders started providing food to Pakistani Christians and the Ahmadi community.
In March 2015, when hundreds of asylum seekers were arrested, we paid the fines of these individuals to prevent their imprisonment.
In May 2015, we bailed out more than hundreds of people by paying 50,000 Thai Baht (equivalent to $1,600) for each person.
In 2018, we initiated our mission, and today, we continue to rescue modern-day slaves and numerous other victims of persecution.
In 2021, when the Taliban assumed control of Afghanistan, our organization successfully rescued dozens of converted Christian families from the grip of the Taliban in Afghanistan.