• 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 […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • How Harry Potter Struck a Blow Against Slavery

    Chocolate frogs will no longer be made by child slaves.

  • The Power of Art in the fight Against Slavery

    Last Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending the opening of a new art exhibit in Washington, Bought and Sold, by a longtime friend of Free the Slaves who has photographed our work around the world, Kay Chernush. Beneath the statistics about slavery and trafficking are very human, very personal stories of  individuals. Great […]

  • What You Should Do to End Slavery During Trafficking Awareness Month

    January is a special month for the anti-slavery movement and Free the Slaves. It is trafficking awareness month, and there is a wide range of actions you can take to make a difference around the world. It’s also an important month in U.S. history: Congress gave final passage to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. […]

  • What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve?

    As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to connect you to the courageous Free the Slaves country directors and the communities in which they are carrying out groundbreaking work. They are your personal ambassadors of liberation. They have dedicated their lives to empowering people to cross the bridge from slavery to freedom. On this […]

  • Your Support is Building Bridges from Slavery to Freedom

    Freeing slaves is about community. It’s about strengthening community resistance in slavery hot spots so that traffickers cannot prey on vulnerable children, women and men. And it’s about building a community of supporters among those of us who live with the blessing of liberty, and then building a bridge between those who need help and […]

  • Commitment to Fight Slavery Helps Brazil’s President Win Re-election

    Political candidates are often asked to take pledges to win votes. In the U.S., many candidates pledge to never raise taxes or to safeguard reproductive rights for women. In Brazil, our front-line partner organization has been asking politicians to promise that they’ll fight modern-day slavery. For Dilma Rousseff, taking the pledge was a winning commitment. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Make Freedom Viral With “Give-a-Gift & Get-a-Gift” Freedom E-Card Challenge

    Free the Slaves has a challenge for you during this holiday season, a unique opportunity to create a chain of giving that reaches across the globe: Give a Gift, Get a Gift. Make a donation to Free the Slaves today, and ask a friend to donate too. Together you will help us open the lock for thousands trapped in slavery. Here’s […]

  • Dance Troupe Helps Free Slaves

    Sowji Kilaru dropped by the Free the Slaves office recently to drop off a remarkable donation. She’s president of an organization to harness the creative potential of New Yorkers to make a difference in the world. We asked Sowji to tell us about her group: “We created Dancing  For A Difference with two different goals […]

  • New Congo Director Joins FTS team

    Free the Slaves is pleased to announce that Crispin Baderha is our new country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He’s already at work in Goma, leading our program to confront labor and sex slavery in mining communities, as well as forced marriage slavery in families. Crispin brings a wealth of experience in […]

  • Skip the Sweater, Give Freedom!

    The holiday gift season has begun. Another sweater? What size? What color? Stand in line? Find a parking spot? Make it easy. And make a difference. Give the gift of freedom instead. Give a gift that will help end slavery. It’s simple and can be done from your couch: 1. Choose an e-card that sends the message you want to […]

  • A Deeply Personal Thanksgiving Message from the Front Lines of Slavery

    As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, I would like to share a very special video message from the Free the Slaves staffers across the globe whose work you support. They risk their safety every day to help vulnerable and exploited communities break free from the inhumanity and brutality of slavery. They’d like to say – in their own languages - how grateful they are for the donors […]

  • New Report Says 36 Million People Enslaved Worldwide

    New research from the group Walk Free and FTS Co-founder Kevin Bales estimates there are more people in slavery today than previously thought. The 2014 edition of the Walk Free Global Slavery Index reports that 35.8 million people are enslaved, a 23 percent increase from the team’s 2013 assessment. The team attributes the sharp increase […]

  • What You Should Know About Human Trafficking

    Editor’s Note: We thought you’d like to read a remarkable presentation by our Executive Director, Maurice Middleberg. Our thanks to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida for inviting Free the Slaves to spread the word about slavery today. October 30, 2014 Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you so much for […]

  • Learn How to Become Part of the Solution with our New Fundraiser Guide

    We’re all touched by slavery today. It’s in our homes, schools, offices, churches and stores. That’s because many of the 21 to 30 million people in modern-day slavery make products that we use every day. You can help end it by fighting slavery at its source. A contribution to Free the Slaves will empower people […]

  • Teach Your Children About Slavery Today

    Most students learn in school that slavery ended more than a century ago. Of course, that isn’t true. Slavery was outlawed, not ended. Current estimates are that 21-30 million people are enslaved today, more slaves than at any time in human history. To provide teachers, pupils and parents with resources to teach and learn about […]

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