About COSA
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. We provide shelter to girls from the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand who have been sold into slavery or were at high risk for exploitation.
Established in 2006, we take a grassroots approach that is based in community development, education, and empowerment. By investing our time and resources in this manner, we aim to prevent human trafficking before it begins.
We are an entirely privately funded organization, without religious or governmental affiliations.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Our unique ‘up-stream’ approach is based on educating local communities about the realities and dangers of human trafficking. We seek to relieve the cultural obligation placed on young girls to engage in sexual labor in order to support their families. Click here to learn more about our approach.
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Our Founder

Born in Thailand but raised in the United States, Mickey Choothesa returned to his homeland for the first time in 1998 on assignment as a documentary photographer. During this time, Mickey witnessed the horrors of trafficking first-hand, inspiring him to try and make a real difference. Click here to read more about Mickey.

Where We Work

Where We Work

Members of the Northern Thailand Hill Tribes remain unrecognized by the Thai government. As a stateless people, they are at high risk of poverty and exploitation, and children are regularly pressurized to support their families through physical and sexual labor. Click here to learn more about the northern hill tribes.

What is Human Trafficking?

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a unique and complex cultural phenomenon. Attempting to define it frequently raises more questions that it answers. Click here to learn more about how COSA defines trafficking.
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The COSA Team

There is a dedicated team of individuals who make our work a reality. No matter what their role, without each and every one of them we wouldn’t be able to achieve the things we do. Click here to learn more about our team.