• Slavery Survivors Highlight 2015 Broward College – Free the Slaves – ATEST Trafficking Conference

    A slavery survivor from Haiti shared a grizzly account of her childhood in restavèk domestic servitude: “I was born on the street in front of a brothel. Prostitutes brought my mother a towel, so she could swaddle me. My father’s mistress was beautiful, and she, too, had a daughter that day, but she died on that day. My father gave me my sister’s name.” — Marie Alina “Tibebe” Cajuste.

    A slavery survivor from Florida recounted how she was forced into child prostitution at read more >

  • Why I Wrote About Trafficking & Support Free the Slaves

    Before I read John Bowe’s book Nobodies: and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy (2007), I had been kicking around the idea that I would someday write a novel that explored the legacy of slavery and its connections to discrimination and racism in the United States. It often had seemed to me that whenever people got into a deep discussion about race, the language and shorthand of antebellum chattel slavery days was always at hand, as if those read more >

  • Climbing Kili to End Slavery

    Why climb Africa’s highest peak? Well, first, because it’s there, as climbers say. But most importantly: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can help end slavery.

    Three FTS supporters have just launched a fundraising campaign to help support Free the Slaves. Emma Norton, Neeraj Jadhav and Rachale Bergstrom-Carlson have formed “Climbers 4 a Cause” to raise funds and awareness. Their plan is to summit the 19,341-foot peak in Tanzania next February. In Swahili, the peak is called Uhuru, which means “freedom.”

    You can read more >

  • Judaism in Action Project Launches this Week

    Judaism is deeply connected to the themes of slavery and freedom. The enslavement of Jews during biblical times—and their exodus—has become a central narrative for Jewish people and others who have found hope in it. That’s why Free the Slaves is proud to host new online educational materials that can bring the issue of modern slavery to homes, schools, synagogues and civic groups. The documents have just gone online on our Faith in Action webpage.

    Seder Starters are designed to read more >

  • Welcome to the New Free the Slaves Website & Blog!

    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably noticed that the FTS blog has moved! It’s now part of the newly-designed Free the Slaves website, which we’ve launched over the past few days.

    Our new online look and structure is designed to provide you with quicker, more direct information about our strategy, results and front-line operations.

    The website also includes improved social media sharing functions so that you can help spread the word!

    The website still has all the essentials you need to learn about read more >

  • Women’s Day Success Story: Living Free From Slavery in India

    Free the Slaves South Asia Director Supriya Awasthi has great news to share with FTS supporters for International Women’s Day on Sunday. The photo she sent recently says it all. The women of Hirapur are free!

    That’s Supriya in front on the right. She and our front-line partner group in India have been working in Hirapur for more than two years. And it’s paid off.

    “The women in this selfie met us in the open and were excited and happy to share read more >

  • Women’s Day Success Story: Living Free from Slavery in India

    Free the Slaves South Asia Director Supriya Awasthi has great news to share with FTS supporters for International Women’s Day on Sunday. The photo she sent recently says it all. The women of Hirapur are free! That’s Supriya in front on the right. She and our front-line partner group in India have been working in […]

  • FTS Joins Call for New U.S. Envoy for Central Africa

    Free the Slaves joined 22 other organizations this week urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to appoint a new special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The U.S. “has played an increasingly central role in addressing one of the most enduring and serious humanitarian and human […]

  • FTS Joins Call for New U.S. Envoy for Central Africa

    Free the Slaves joined 22 other organizations this week urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to appoint a new special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

    The U.S. “has played an increasingly central role in addressing one of the most enduring and serious humanitarian and human rights crises in the world,” the letter notes. “Much, however, remains to be done.”

    The U.S. appointed former Sen. Russell Feingold as special envoy in read more >

  • It’s Our Birthday – FTS Turns 15 Today!

    The Free the Slaves founders will tell you that people thought they were nuts. Most Americans learned in school that slavery ended with the Civil War.

    Sure, there are exploited workers in the world today, the founders would hear, but surely it wasn’t slavery. The crime of slavery is a thing of the past.

    But over the past 15 years, Free the Slaves has successfully alerted the world that slavery still exists. People are still forced to work, without pay, under threat read more >

  • It’s Our Birthday – FTS Turns 15 Today!

    The Free the Slaves founders will tell you that people thought they were nuts. Most Americans learned in school that slavery ended with the Civil War. Sure, there are exploited workers in the world today, the founders would hear, but surely it wasn’t slavery. The crime of slavery is a thing of the past. But […]

  • New Initiative Congress to Ramp Up Anti-Slavery Funding

    One of the biggest challenges facing the anti-slavery movement is a lack of funding. The amount of money dedicated by governments worldwide to enforcing anti-slavery laws and protecting those at risk of enslavement is just a small fraction of the billions in annual profits raked in by traffickers every year.

    Two U.S. senators this week unveiled a new plan to change that. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced the End read more >

  • New Initiative in Congress to Ramp-Up Anti-slavery Funding

    One of the biggest challenges facing the anti-slavery movement is a lack of funding. The amount of money dedicated by governments worldwide to enforcing anti-slavery laws and protecting those at risk of enslavement is just a small fraction of the billions in annual profits raked in by traffickers every year. Two U.S. senators this week […]

  • Businesses Can Help End Slavery

    Question: what’s an anti-slavery activist doing at an environmental sustainability conference for businesses? Answer: getting the same corporations that are helping to protect air, water, wildlife and natural resources around the globe to also protect the world’s most exploited people—those trapped in modern-day slavery.

    FTS Director of Programs Karen Stauss told business leaders last week at the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix that American corporations can make a substantial difference in eradicating slavery.

    The annual convention brings together industry leaders, members read more >

  • Businesses Can Help End Slavery

    Question: what’s an anti-slavery activist doing at an environmental sustainability conference for businesses? Answer: getting the same corporations that are helping to protect air, water, wildlife and natural resources around the globe to also protect the world’s most exploited people—those trapped in modern-day slavery. FTS Director of Programs Karen Stauss told business leaders last week […]

  • Filmmakers Volunteer for “Face-to-Face with Slavery” Video Tour

    You probably don’t know them, but FTS supporters will know their work. They are Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington who describe themselves as “passionate visual storytellers who will travel to the ends of the earth to capture life’s joys and sorrows.” Cassie has produced many of the videos you’ve seen from FTS […]

  • Filmmakers Volunteer for “Face-to-Face with Slavery” Video Tour

    You probably don’t know them, but FTS supporters will know their work. They are Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington who describe themselves as “passionate visual storytellers who will travel to the ends of the earth to capture life’s joys and sorrows.”

    Cassie has produced many of the videos you’ve seen from FTS in the past two years. Now she and Jordan are departing on an ambitious year-long journey that includes filming slavery survivors and anti-slavery activists in Nepal, read more >

  • Catholics Worldwide to Pray this Sunday for an End to Slavery

    A slave who became a saint will be remembered by Catholics around the globe on February 8th as the Vatican launches its first “international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.” On Sunday, dioceses and parishes around the world will celebrate the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. She endured brutal mistreatment in slavery in […]

  • Catholics Worldwide to Pray This Sunday for an End to Slavery

    A slave who became a saint will be remembered by Catholics around the globe on February 8th as the Vatican launches its first “international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.”

    On Sunday, dioceses and parishes around the world will celebrate the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. She endured brutal mistreatment in slavery in Sudan in the late 1800s. She was eventually freed and became a Canossian nun. St. Bakhita was canonized in a Mass in read more >

  • Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

    January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. It abolished legal slavery in the United States. Within eight months, the required three-quarters of the states ratified the amendment and it became law.

    The 13th Amendment faced many challenges, but the poignant moment of its congressional passage was only the beginning of a long process to eradicate slavery read more >

  • Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

    January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. It abolished legal slavery in the United States. Within eight months, the required three-quarters of the states ratified the amendment and it became […]

  • Free the Slaves College Chapter Spreading Awareness & Extending Hope

    This week, a Free the Slaves college chapter held a candlelight vigil called “Hope Rising” to honor victims and survivors of human trafficking.

    Students at Loyola University Chicago gathered in a circle on a snowy night outside the central hub of their campus.

    As candles were passed around, Josh Koepp, a junior at the university and the event coordinator stressed the importance of spreading awareness on human trafficking. 

    Then, guest Kathy Bryan, a sex trafficking victim, shared her story. Kathy was 16 when read more >

  • Free the Slaves College Chapter Spreading Awareness & Extending Hope

    This week, a Free the Slaves college chapter held a candlelight vigil called “Hope Rising” to honor victims and survivors of human trafficking. Students at Loyola University Chicago gathered in a circle on a snowy night outside the central hub of their campus. As candles were passed around, Josh Koepp, a junior at the university […]

  • Fighting Slavery on the Radio

    How do you reach thousands of Ghanaian families to spread the word that child slavery is wrong and must be stopped? Get on the radio!

    That’s what our front-line partner group, Challenging Heights, has just begun to do. They’re broadcasting a live weekly program called Mbofra Banbo, which means “Child Protection.”

    “The program provides as a new form of community sensitization that has the ability to reach a larger number of people at one time,” Challenging Heights founder and child slavery read more >

  • FTS Leader to Stanford Students: Accountability is Key in Human Rights Work

    Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg loves his job. But he says feeling good is not good enough. For true satisfaction, Maurice says he must know that his work has impact. “I can’t get up in the morning without knowing if we’re making a difference,” he says. “I mean, really, what is the point […]

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