Steve Cook is a coder and human rights activist. In 2006, Steve was reading an email and saw something in the sidebar that caught his attention: There are 27 million slaves in the world today. He clicked on the link and read an article about human trafficking in the world, and how there are more slaves today than there were when slavery was legal. Steve was then faced with a decision. He could close the article, go about his normal everyday life, and pretend he didn’t know anything about this, or choose to act on this knowledge and do something about it. He chose the latter and has never been the same. Thus began his new life of human rights activism and a fight against global poverty and injustice.
Steve founded Equitas (Latin for Justice) in October 2007, and organized a rally in Uptown Charlotte called Charlotte Torch Rally, which was an event geared toward raising public awareness of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Money was raised for medicine and clean water for refugees in Darfur, as well as for a scholarship fund for Sudanese refugees that have resettled in Charlotte. Equitas has expanded its efforts to include Malawi, the poorest country in the world.