• TRICKED’s Dan Steele Opens Up About Sex Trafficking

    There are a number of ways you can take a stand to help end human trafficking. Dan Steele, a sergeant in the Denver Police Department’s vice squad, is taking the fight against trafficking to the streets of Denver, investigating sex trafficking cases and helping trafficking victims to become survivors.

  • At UNBOUND, “We Will Not Bend Until Slavery Ends.”

    Going to an all-girls academy, we were taught to value the power of a single voice - especially that of a woman, and to fight against those that silenced them through abuses like slavery. That is what I strive for, along with many others: to eliminate the abusers and give voice to the survivors.

  • NYU Students Create 'Youth Take Charge': A High School Coalition Against Modern-Day Slavery

    As a recent graduate of New York University, I am reflecting on the past four years while looking ahead toward new paths and possibilities. I realize that among my various academic studies, internships, and volunteer work, one passion remains a constant part of my life: seeking an end to human trafficking.

  • Now We Know: Film Students Fighting For The Cause Of Freedom

    When I heard my assignment was to make a short film about slavery, I assumed it was a period piece. Hopefully future generations can correctly assume exactly that.

  • A Day in My Life: What it’s Like to Volunteer with the National Runaway Switchboard

    Ever wonder what it’d be like to work for a leading nonprofit that’s trying to empower at-risk youth? We’ve got your backstage pass right here. We’ve asked young people working for some of our favorite organizations to keep a diary of one day in their life – and you’ll be surprised to see what they get up to! This week, Sofia Katsaggelos, a National Runaway Switchboard Liner and Board Member, shares her story.

  • Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge: Spotlight on George Washington University

    As the holiday season starts up, we’re all thinking about all sorts of products that we’ll be consuming – from turkeys, cranberry sauce, and apple pie to the laptops, sweaters, and jewelry on our holiday wish lists. While we’re doing so, though, it’s important to remember that many products have been touched at some point by modern-day slavery. How can you balance the holiday festivities with taking a stand against modern-day slavery? Simple: join the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge, and you too can take action to help end modern-day slavery!

  • Michigan Students Travel Across the US to Fight Slavery

    Kaleigh Carlson’s first exposure to slavery was during a volunteer trip to Ghana with the anti-trafficking NGO Challenging Heights. A rescuer took the Grand Valley State University senior to Lake Volta, where the fishing industry enslaves children. “Nothing could have prepared me for how absurdly normal this practice was in their society,” she said. “I will never forget those lifeless, sullen eyes of the barely-clothed girls maneuvering fishing nets in the back of the huts or the deep purple scars lining the backs of the fishing boys; that experience cut through my heart like a knife.”

  • The Walk Against Slavery Was Just a Start

    A passionate college professor first inspired Adrienne Toumayan to get involved in the fight against trafficking. The professor had been involved in a negotiation with traffickers and was upset by what she saw as an incomplete effort. “She felt like she hadn’t accomplished enough. There was still so much to do to stop this worldwide crime,” Adrienne explained.

  • Alicia Keys, P!nk and Jada Pinkett Smith Amplify Voices of Survivors

    Not only does slavery still exist, it exists right here, in our backyards – with cases of human trafficking having been reported in every single state in just the past two years. Today, as part of the mtvU Against Our Will Campaign, we’re launching a new set of spots featuring poems written by survivors of sex trafficking; the moving spots are narrated by Alicia Keys, P!nk, and Jada Pinkett Smith, who wanted to lend their voices to help amplify the voices of the survivors.

  • ACTION ALERT: Call Your Senators and Help End Modern-Day Slavery

    Today, anti-slavery organizations across the country are coming together with one common goal: get the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act passed. And by making one short phone call, you can help them and take a stand against modern-day slavery.

  • The “Ah Hah Moment”

    For many who have committed themselves to a cause, we can trace our dedication to that revelatory “ah-hah moment” that transformed us from spectators to actors. The moment that made us see the world clearer; the moment that we realized we could no longer remain idle to injustice.

  • Facing One of the Great Moral Challenges of Our Time

    As a 21-year-old college student who’s looking to change the world, there is no better place to be than Washington D.C. Apart from the despised metro (which is always running late when you need it most), our nation’s capital is overflowing with a sense of dogged passion: an underlying force that inspires you to exceed beyond what you previously imagined. What better backdrop to set the scene for exciting new developments in the modern abolitionist movement.

  • What's It Like to Be a Summer Intern at Free the Slaves? Danielle Explains

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I didn't think I'd be courting donors from New York, attending a press conference at the State Department, and meeting an actual slave liberator. Not in the first week. But that's how I'll be spending my summer as an intern at Free the Slaves. Turns out that the work of freeing slaves is just as exciting as it is rewarding.

  • Using Healthy Masculinity to Take a Stand

    If men didn’t buy her, her pimp couldn’t sell her. It sounds simple enough – if there weren’t the demand for the commercial sexual exploitation of girls and women, then sex trafficking just wouldn’t exist. It isn’t that easy, though, as anyone who’s ever been invited to a pimps and hos party, helped plan a raunchy bachelor party, or even listened to songs about pimps, knows. Actively taking a stand against pimp culture and commercial sexual exploitation – and, by extension, for healthy masculinity – can be stressful and uncomfortable. To help you out, we’ve got some ideas to help you handle some awkward scenarios.

  • College Student’s Red Thread Movement Helps Nepali Survivors

    What would you expect your average teenage girl to be doing at the age of seventeen? When she was seventeen, Brittany Partridge went to volunteer at a safe house for survivors of forced prostitution in Romania. It was the first time she was faced with the reality of modern-day slavery. She wasn’t the only seventeen-year-old girl there, though. Brittany says, “I was astonished to learn that some of the girls there were the same age as I was at the time. All I could think was, ‘That could have been me!’”

  • NYU Students Take On Human Trafficking

    When most people hear about human trafficking for the first time, their reaction is likely to be similar to Kate Horner’s: “Human what?” When a friend first brought up the issue, Kate Horner, now a student at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, was dumbfounded. Rebecca Bavinger, Kate’s classmate, learned about the issue from reading a beauty magazine in a hair salon when she was 18. Last week, Kate and Rebecca held a weeklong series of events to bring awareness of the issue to even more of their classmates, at Stop Traffic! Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

  • mtvU's Against Our Will Launches New Challenge; $10,000 Up for Grabs!

    Since September, mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign has been raising the volume on college students’ efforts to help end modern-day slavery. Today, we’re announcing the winners of the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge – and letting you know about a new way that you can get involved.

  • A Day in My Life: What It's Like to Work for Polaris Project

    Ever wonder what it’d be like to work for a leading nonprofit that’s trying to end modern-day slavery? We’ve got your backstage pass right here. We’ve asked young people working for some of our favorite organizations to keep a diary of one day in their life – and you’ll be surprised to see what they get up to! This week, Ali Jost, a social work fellow at Polaris Project, shares her story.

  • A Day in My Life: What It’s Like To Work for Free the Slaves

    Ever wonder what it’d be like to work for a leading nonprofit that’s trying to end modern-day slavery? We’ve got your backstage pass right here. We’ve asked young people working for some of our favorite organizations to keep a diary of one day in their life – and you’ll be surprised to see what they get up to! This week, Tulika Bose, an intern at Free the Slaves, shares her story.

  • Host a Slavery Footprint Booth and You Could Win a Trip to the Woodies

    Have you gotten involved with the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

  • Host a Screening on Campus & Make a Difference. For Realsies.

    If you haven’t heard already, you could win a trip to the mtvU Woodie Awards by participating in the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge!

  • Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge: Ask a Professor to Take On Trafficking

    Have you gotten involved with the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

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