• How Education Conquers Child Slavery

    It’s back-to-school time for many Free the Slaves supporters. That means it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of educating a child. I thought I should share with you the observations of our development director, Lori Fitzmaurice, from her recent trip to our front line anti-slavery program in mountain villages near Jacmel, Haiti. Free the […]

  • Entire Family Rescued from Brick Kiln Slavery in India

    It started with a simple loan to pay for a wedding. It turned into brutal enslavement for an entire family. It wound up as a triumphant victory over bondage, thanks to Free the Slaves and our front line partner group in India, MSEMVS. Five years ago, Jaswant borrowed $167 from a farm and factory owner […]

  • Anti-Child Trafficking Campaign Hopes to Raise $1 Million in One Day

    To fight the trafficking industry, more than 100 nonprofits have joined forces to raise $1 million in 24 hours. Here's how you can help.

  • New Video and Report Showcase Model Communities in Haiti

    It’s heartbreaking to learn that rural Haitian families often feel they have no choice but to send some of their children away because they can’t afford to care for them. The restavek system is a longstanding tradition in Haiti, where rural kids are sent to live with other families in cities and work for them […]

  • The Free the Slaves Formula for Freedom

    Have you ever wondered just how Free the Slaves helps thousands of people escape bondage each year? Well, now you can read the step-by-step procedures we follow for leading communities from slavery to freedom. Our “Community Based Model for Fighting Slavery” is available online. The model details the four-phase approach Free the Slaves uses to […]

  • Pioneering New Frontiers in the Fight Against Slavery

    “Forging freedom demands the courage to renew and transform.” That’s how the Free the Slaves 2013 Annual Report begins. The report demonstrates that Free the Slaves is thriving as an organization, while embracing the need for change. The report showcases remarkable results in 2013: more than 3,000 slaves freed, more than 18,000 villagers educated on […]

  • Haiti Enacts World’s Newest Anti-Trafficking Law

    Slavery has been illegal in Haiti longer than anywhere else. Yet the enslavement of children as domestic servants through the restavek system of child trafficking continues to plague the nation. The Walk Free Global Slavery Index estimates more than 209,000 Haitians are in slavery today, many of them children. That makes it the world’s second-worst […]

  • Child Rights Clubs in Ghana Help Kids Help Themselves

    Many children in informal mining communities in Ghana are forced to work in mines under dangerous conditions: carrying heavy loads and handling mercury to extract gold from ore. Young girls who go to these mining communities to sell food and water are often sexually exploited during the night. FTS is working with adults in these communities […]

  • “Break The Links” Of Human Trafficking

    Modern slavery. It’s a global challenge that we all know needs to be solved. But the issue is so broad that it can be easy as individuals to think that we can’t do anything about it. Anti-slavery veteran Matt Friedman from the Breaking the Links Campaign is working to change that. He’ll be in Washington, […]

  • Be Part Of The First Ever World Day Against Human Trafficking

     Today is the official day for raising awareness around one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time: human trafficking. The United Nations has marked July 30th as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day aims to educate people about human trafficking, today’s equivalent of the slave trade that was abolished more than a […]

  • FTS Talks About Modern-day Slavery with VOA News

    Free the Slaves is spreading the word about global trafficking on global TV and radio. FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg was a guest on the most recent edition of “On the Line,” broadcast worldwide by the Voice of America.  Even though slavery was abolished, it still exists because victims of poverty, discrimination and corruption remain vulnerable and […]

  • FTS Urges Congress and White House: Don’t Sacrifice Protection of Child Slaves

    This week may bring key votes in Congress responding to the increase in child refugees entering the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Some of these children are fleeing widespread slavery in their home countries. But one of the policy revisions being debated in Washington would repeal protection for child slaves under American […]

  • Why I Donate to Free the Slaves — Amna Al Nowais

    Editor’s Note: Many FTS contributors are embracing The Power of 12 by scheduling automatic monthly donations. This form of support is especially valuable since it helps us know that a regular level of funding is coming, avoiding the risks of boom-and-bust cycles in our ability to maintain a steady fight against slavery throughout the year. […]

  • Convince Congress to Take a Stand Against Slavery in Business Supply Chains

    It’s hard for consumers to know which of the products we buy are tainted by slavery. But that could change, if you want it to. U.S Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) have introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). The bipartisan bill […]

  • Study the Facts: Don’t Scapegoat U.S. Trafficking Law Because of Child Refugee Crisis

    SERVING UNITED STATES INTERESTS AND VALUES A Factual Foundation for the Sensible and Humane Treatment Of Unaccompanied Children at our Borders  Free the Slaves Policy Brief |July 2014 There was a time in American history when runaway slaves were hunted down and returned to their masters. Free the Slaves believes that the United States should […]

  • On the Front Lines of Slavery in Congo

    Under the lush green hills and red clay that surround Lubono village, lies gold. It’s the centerpiece of the local economy. Much of the mining here is carried out by what are called “artisanal” miners. This term masks the incredibly difficult and dangerous work in which the miners are engaged. The approach to mining here […]

  • What You Need to Know About the Power of 12

    Every day we see how the power of community can liberate entire villages from slavery around the globe. That is why we’re asking our community of supporters to come together to take a powerful stand. Our goal is simple: we want to raise $350,000 by the end of 2014 and welcome 1,000 new donors to our cause. If you haven’t […]

  • New Website Aims to Expand the Modern Abolition Movement

    Our friends at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have just launched a new website dedicated to building bridges between people who want to take action and organizations that are working to eradicate slavery around the world. It’s called End Slavery Now. “Though slavery still exists and has ever since ancient times, so have committed […]

  • Governments Must Do More to Eradicate Slavery, says Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “no government, anywhere yet, is doing enough” to eradicate slavery, and “zones of impunity” exist around the world that allow trafficking to flourish. Kerry’s comments came as he unveiled the State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report this morning, which provides a country-by-country assessment of governmental efforts to […]

  • Leader of FTS Partner Group Honored as TIP Report Hero

    The director of Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) in India, Bhanuja Sharan Lal, Ph.D., has been honored this morning by the U.S. State Department as a global anti-slavery hero in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons report. His team of more than 75 front line anti-slavery activists has been progressively dismantling entrenched systems of […]

  • 5 Lessons from InterAction Forum about Building a Broader Anti-Slavery Movement

    FTS Nepal Director Neelam Sharma flew half way around the world last week to represent Free the Slaves at the InterAction annual forum in Washington. Her mission: build consciousness among human rights professionals that they have a role to play in eradicating modern-day slavery. InterAction, a “united voice for global change,” is an association of […]

  • New Legislation Could Help Consumers and Investors Take a Stand Against Slavery

    No consumer wants to buy products made by slaves. And no investor wants to support companies that use slave labor. But it’s extraordinarily difficult for shoppers or stockbrokers to know which products or companies may be tainted by trafficking. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) want to help. They’ve just […]

  • Brazil: A Global Leader in Fighting Slavery

    The world’s attention shifts to Brazil today, where Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will open the FIFA World Cup tournament with the song Ole Ola (We are One), and soccer teams will begin competition to determine who is the world’s best. But far from the soccer stadiums, a different kind of team is setting a different […]

  • FTS Joins InterAction

    What do you call a room full of international development professionals? A golden opportunity! And that opportunity unfolds this week as InterAction hosts its 30th Annual Forum in Washington. For the first time, Free the Slaves will be on hand as an InterAction member organization. That’s important because one of our key goals is to […]

  • Send the Perfect Father’s Day Present: An e-Card that Spreads Freedom

    What if you had no choice but to send your child away, hoping she’d be fed, go to school and be safe? What if you found out that instead she was held against her will, abused and forced to work? No father wants to send his daughter to be enslaved as a maid in another […]

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