• Record-Setting Year for Freeing People From Slavery

    We’ve just completed our 2013 year-end review, and the results are both impressive and inspiring. In partnership with local organizations around the globe, we helped free more people from slavery last year than ever before. Here are the numbers from our frontline work in six trafficking hot spot countries: 3,127 people freed from slavery 18,465 […]

  • A World at School – Choosing Education over Slavery

    Education and slavery are interconnected. There are 57 million children worldwide who should be in school, but aren’t. About 5.5 million of them are slaves. This is why Free the Slaves has been asked to join a global partnership of leading organizations that is championing A World at School, a 500-day campaign to accelerate progress towards […]

  • Ghana to Capitol Hill: U.S. Briefing on Child Labor

    It isn’t every day that a child slavery survivor from Africa is a featured speaker at a congressional briefing. But this week, Capitol Hill witnessed the award-winning advocate and child trafficking survivor, James Kofi Annan, speaking alongside long time anti-slavery champion Senator Tom Harkin, to address the global injustice of child labor. The Alliance to End Slavery […]

  • What Causes Would Your Fave Movie Award Characters Support IRL?

    The 2014 MTV Movie Awards are happening this Sunday at 9/8C and we’ve got some ideas about what causes the nominated characters might support IRL.

  • Passover Prep: Why is This Night Different? Slavery.

    The Jewish people have a special connection to the curse of slavery and to its eradication. At the heart of our history is the Exodus. “ Avadim hayinu – We were slaves,” the Torah teaches. At Pesach, we rightly relax and celebrate the freedom we enjoy. But the fight is not over. Slavery persists. Worldwide, between 21 […]

  • Faith in Action Can Help End Slavery

    April is an important month for many faith communities, with Passover and Easter coming soon. So I’d like to encourage you to join us at Free the Slaves in reflecting on the important connection between faith and freedom. If you belong to a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, you have probably been called to take […]

  • MTV EXIT’s New Docudrama in India – TRAFFIC: STOP.THINK.ACT

    Slavery is probably not something you associate with MTV. But think again. MTV has been running an awareness-raising project about slavery: MTV EXIT. The network is helping combat human trafficking through innovative campaigns to inform young people about modern-day slavery. The newest initiative is in India, a country with the highest estimated population of people […]

  • Shop for Good and Support Free the Slaves

    Free the Slaves is excited to announce our new partnership with two e-commerce giants! Now you can support the work of FTS when you buy or sell products through Amazon and eBay. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. If you have an existing Amazon account […]

  • New Report: How to Combat Child Slavery at Gold Mines

    All too often, the price of gold includes a human toll. At many mining sites, children are exploited as workers. A new report by Free the Slaves, Ghana Child Rights in Mining Project, examines the problem of child slavery and child labor at informal gold mining sites. Investigators uncovered cases of sex slavery involving young […]

  • Exclusive Auction to Benefit Free the Slaves

    Free the Slaves is excited to announce the opening of an exclusive auction that benefits FTS frontline work! Gillian Anderson, who appeared most notably in X-Files and Last King of Scotland, is generously auctioning off the chance to meet her on the set of THE FALL in Belfast! Anderson is starring in SOLD, a new […]

  • Survivors of Slavery: Modern Day Slave Narratives

    The people who know slavery best are the people who have lived it. Now you can read about their experiences in their own words. Laura Murphy has just released a book that will deepen your perspective on modern-day slavery. Survivors of Slavery: Modern Day Slave Narratives includes nearly 40 survivor narratives representing various forms of slavery […]

  • Women Ending Slavery Spreecast Recording Now Online

    Women are at the core of the modern abolitionist movement, and can help end slavery by working together. That’s the key takeaway from the Women Ending Slavery Spreecast, which is now available online. The hour-long discussion unfolded last Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014. The Spreecast highlighted what slavery looks like today, what women […]

  • Pope Urges Brazilians to Fight Human Trafficking

    Not many people would consider the Pope to be a fighter, but if it is against human trafficking, then you can count Pope Francis in. The National Catholic Bishops Conference of Brazil this week launched their 51st annual Brotherhood Campaign. This year, the 2014 Brotherhood Campaign’s theme is “Brotherhood and Human Trafficking.” The campaign aims to raise […]

  • Women Ending Slavery: Join Special Friday Spreecast

    The global celebration of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8th serves as both a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Today, women are at the forefront of the global abolition movement. But unfortunately, women and girls represent 55 percent of modern slavery’s victims. At Free the Slaves, we are dedicated to ending slavery […]

  • Filmmaker Alerts Millions of Oscar Viewers that Slavery Still Exists

    Last night’s best picture Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave was more that a tribute to powerful filmmaking. And the evening’s final acceptance speeches were more than ritual thanks to Hollywood insiders. The highpoint of the Oscar telecast became an awareness-raising mega-moment, alerting tens of millions of viewers that slavery didn’t end with the […]

  • Make Your Mark Today to END IT

    Shine a Light on Slavery Day has arrived! Today we come together to give voice to a conversation that expresses the power of freedom. Today is the day to make anti-slavery awareness go viral. Join the END IT campaign. Draw a red X on your hand and share a photo of it on your social media […]

  • February 27th: Shine a Light on Slavery Day

    Get your red markers ready. This Thursday is Shine a Light on Slavery Day! On February 27th, you can become a part of the international movement to end slavery by signaling to the world that you won’t stand for it. Here’s how you can take action to stand for freedom for the millions who are enslaved […]

  • Courage, Vision and Hope From the Front Lines of Slavery

    It takes a special kind of person to fight for freedom and justice in dangerous hot spots where slavery still thrives. It takes a resilient and resourceful spirit to assist impoverished and marginalized people in their struggle to break free. But that’s the job description for the staffers who direct Free the Slaves programs around […]

  • Throw a Party This Month to Help Finish what Lincoln Started

    I’m pretty’s sure that Abraham Lincoln would want you to throw a party this month. Honest. Not to commemorate his birthday, February 12th, but to help finish the job he is most famous for starting: freeing the slaves. That’s why I’m writing today. I hope that you will consider making a gift or becoming a monthly supporter of Free the […]

  • 8 Things You Can Do to End Slavery

    Readers of the FTS blog already know that 21-30 million people are enslaved worldwide today. But what can you do to end it? The new Free the Slaves Take Action Card includes easy and quick steps to create the social change that will help end slavery. From 10 seconds to 10 days, here are things […]

  • Remembering Robin Romano, Who Fought for Human Human Rights with a Camera

    One of the founding principles of Free the Slaves is that we must show the world that slavery still exists. That has meant traveling to distant and dangerous places to film the brutality of slavery today, as well as to showcase innovative ways to end it. Over the years, FTS has been fortunate to work […]

  • 12 Years A Slave Could Happen Today, Screenwriter Tells Bill Maher on HBO

    Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Ridley is concerned that moviegoers might miss a key lesson from the poignant script he wrote for the hit movie 12 Years a Slave. “As beautiful as this film is, one of the dangers is people will go in and say thank God we’re not like that anymore. The fact of the […]

  • Rubio Calls for Stronger Trafficking Law at FTS Conference

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) opened today’s Free the Slaves and Broward College human trafficking conference this morning with a call to action. In a video message, Rubio called on the public to pressure Congress to pass The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act (H.R. 1732) this year. The bill focuses on […]

  • Latest Fashion Accessory: An App to Learn if Slaves Made Your Clothes

    Have you ever wondered if the shirt on your back — or that new one on the rack — may have been made by slaves? Now there’s an app for that. FTS frontline partner group Repórter Brasil has launched a free application for smartphones that evaluates popular clothing brands. It’s called Moda Livre (Free Fashion). […]

  • Slavery Survivors Brief U.S. Senate

    People who have endured the brutality of slavery are often the best ones to ask about how to end it. Five survivors brought their firsthand experiences to Capitol Hill this morning for a briefing on what the U.S. government should do. Survivor Sandra Woworuntu, who works with the group Voices of Hope, wants stronger regulations […]

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