• New Free the Slaves Online Store Opens for Business

    We’re happy to launch a new feature on the Free the Slaves website this week: our new online store

    We have identified great gift ideas for yourself or your friends.

    To start: T-shirts with the Free the Slaves logo. They’re a great way to get conversations started about the fact that slavery still exists.

    Also, organic cotton messenger bags imported from a collective in India where sex slavery survivors are earning a living through sewing. And the amazing book of Lisa Kristine portraits of read more >

  • The People You’ve Freed from Slavery are Thankful for Your Support

    There’s one word that defines what Free the Slaves has accomplished in our first 15 years of fighting for freedom: results. With your support, we have helped more than 10,000 people escape the brutal clutches of slavery.

    And there’s one word we always hear from slavery survivors: thanks. Those who have regained control of their lives know just how precious freedom is. They are thankful that people they will never meet care enough about human dignity to contribute to read more >

  • 15 Years of Fighting for Freedom: See New Timeline of FTS Highlights

    This year marks our 15th birthday and two important milestones. In 15 years, we have helped free more than 10,000 people from slavery, and we’ve educated more than 100,000 vulnerable villagers to help prevent their enslavement.

    You made that possible. Your contributions have been very important to our record of success. That’s why I am reaching out to all Free the Slaves supporters this fall to ask for your continued help in extending freedom to those enslaved and at read more >

  • New India Program Manager’s Philosophy: “Make Others Smile”

    Free the Slaves is thrilled to welcome Rajneesh Kumar Yadav to the staff as our new India Program Manager, based in Allahabad.

    Rajneesh is no stranger, he’s run anti-trafficking teams for years as a key staffer at our partner organization MSEMVS.

    Many of the remarkable rescues you’ve read about on the FTS Blog or our Facebook page have been organized by Rajneesh.

    We asked Rajneesh what motivates him, and why he’s chosen to join Free the Slaves:

    I am personally motivated by read more >

  • New Deloitte Report Shows How the Power of Partnership Can Stop Modern Slavery

    The world’s largest consulting firm has teamed up with Free the Slaves to tackle one of history’s greatest challenges: the eradication of slavery. Deloitte has been volunteering its staffers this year to take stock of the anti-slavery movement and recommend ways for it to be more effective.

    The result is a new analysis called the “Freedom Ecosystem” report, released today. The study examines how an ecosystem of organizations—from the private sector, civil society, government, academia, the funding community and the read more >

  • Susan Coppedge Becomes America’s Top Anti-Trafficking Diplomat

    A new leader is taking charge at the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking (J/TIP)

    Susan Coppedge was nominated to the post earlier this year by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate last week.

    With the rank of ambassador-at-large she will lead America’s global engagement against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    Coppedge is a career Justice Dept. prosecutor, currently based as an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta. News reports of her confirmation hearing say she stressed the read more >

  • Pulitzer-winning Journalist Reveals Ethical Dilemmas of Investigating Slavery

    AP investigative journalist Martha Mendoza says covering modern-day slavery is fraught with ethical challenges—including the risk that the people you are trying to help might be killed instead.

    “If you show their face, they can be eliminated as evidence,” Mendoza told anti-slavery leaders gathering at Stanford University last week for the annual Freedom from Slavery Forum

    Mendoza’s blockbuster reports earlier this year about slavery on Southeast Asian fishing boats have led to 2,000 men being freed, nine arrests and the confiscation of two read more >

  • Two New Board Members Join Free the Slaves

    We’re delighted to announce that two remarkable people have recently joined the Free the Slaves board.

    Robert Gould is the founder and President/CEO of One Degree Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to encouraging decision makers to adopt policies and create programs that encourage people to make better choices for their health, well-being and the environment.

    “My career has been dedicated to leveraging everything the behavioral science, marketing and communication disciplines can tell us about how to achieve positive social change,” he read more >

  • Renewing the Focus on Getting Slavery out of Consumer Products

    Today marks the five-year anniversary of SB 657, a landmark California law to combat human trafficking. Our friends at KnowTheChain are marking the anniversary by expanding and retooling their website to help companies improve corporate transparency and responsible supply chain management practices.

    KnowTheChain was originally created to document corporate compliance with the California Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657). This trailblazing law required major companies doing business in California to disclose what they are doing to eliminate read more >

  • Ending Slavery to be Included in New Sustainable Development Goals

    The United Nations General Assembly begins a three-day summit Friday in New York to shape the world’s agenda for international development over the next 15 years. The elimination of slavery is one of the U.N.’s key objectives.

    “The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that U.N. member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies,” explains The Guardian. “The SDGs follow and read more >

  • Pope Calls for End to Modern Slavery in Speech to Congress

    Pope Francis drew thunderous bipartisan applause this morning as he spoke to a deeply divided Congress about the need for unity to promote “the transcendent dignity of the human being.”

    “Cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery,” he told a joint session of the House and Senate.

    Invoking the memory of Moses and Lincoln, the pope counseled America’s legislators to follow the Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you will have them do onto read more >

  • Children Trafficked by Fake Aid Workers Rescued in Nepal

    April’s devastating earthquake has created an unfortunate business opportunity for predatory human traffickers. Many Nepalis are still living like refugees. With infrastructure in tatters, families are struggling to get by and parents are distraught over living conditions for their children.

    In Sindhupalchowk district, which was particularly hard hit, traffickers posing as earthquake relief workers have persuaded some families to send their children away from home. Parents have been told their kids will be placed temporarily in safe housing and receive a read more >

  • Nepal Bans Slavery in New Constitution

    With a new national charter that took effect over the weekend, Nepal has taken an unusual step: banning human trafficking directly in the country’s constitution.

    This puts Nepal – one of the world’s worst hot spots for modern-day slavery – in the vanguard of nations that are establishing a progressive legal foundation to bring trafficking to an end.

    Ongoing advocacy by Free the Slaves partners in Nepal helped ensure this historic step.

    “We have been waiting to have this constitution ensuring women’s and read more >

  • No Trivial Sum Donated by Pacific Northwest Group

    $5,000. That’s the donation milestone reached recently by a dedicated group of trivia-night participants at a weekly gathering in PulIman, Washington. It’s evidence that a long-term commitment can make a meaningful difference in ending slavery. 

    We first introduced you to this group from Rico’s Public House in 2013. The founders, Seth Nydam and Robert McKinnon, were inspired to take action against slavery after seeing Free the Slaves co-founder Kevin Bales lecture at Washington State University. Instead of feeling overwhelmed read more >

  • Children of the Mines

    When you see what unlicensed gold mines look like in Ghana, you’ll be shocked to learn that children must endure these inhuman working conditions.

    “It’s not very easy,” says Isaac, who worked in the mines at age 13. “Sometimes you have to carry the stones on your head to the surface. Sometimes when you go underground, you see dead bodies.”

    Isaac’s story is the final installment of our 10-part Face to Face with Slavery series showcasing Free the Slaves work on the read more >

  • Major Anti-slavery Organizations Join Forces in Haiti for Greater Impact

    Beyond Borders and Free the Slaves are proud to announce a new programmatic alliance designed to strengthen the effort to protect Haitian children from enslavement as domestic servants. The two organizations are combining their Haiti field operations into a joint program called “United to End Child Slavery.”

    Each year, thousands of impoverished rural Haitian parents send their children to live with families in distant cities, in the hope that the young girls and boys will be afforded an opportunity read more >

  • Are You a Fed? Free a Slave!

    The U.S. government employs millions of people as direct federal workers and government contractors. If you’re one of them, today is an important day!

    It’s the beginning of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. It’s your chance to help Free the Slaves liberate people from slavery.

    The Free the Slaves CFC number is 11482.

    Donors to the CFC have the option of submitting a pledge via payroll deduction, cash, check, credit or debit card, or e-check/ACH. Pledges may be processed online or read more >

  • Thinking Globally, Acting Locally to End Slavery

    We’ve all heard the slogan about protecting the earth’s environment: “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Free the Slaves is applying that type of logic to our worldwide effort to protect the earth’s most vulnerable people from slavery.

    As a global organization, Free the Slaves teams-up with local grassroots groups to confront slavery at a community level in key trafficking hot spots. FTS doesn’t parachute in and conduct rescues. Instead, we carefully nurture community-based organizations who are already fighting slavery so that they read more >

  • Court Ruling May Help Companies Keep Slavery a Secret

    Your right to know if corporations are enslaving people to make products you buy is under threat. A court ruling last week might allow companies to conceal the suffering and slavery that we see every day in our front-line field programs.

    Here’s what has happened: A groundbreaking federal regulation called the Conflict Minerals Rule requires major U.S. companies to tell the government whether their products contain minerals from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) read more >

  • Two Brothers Freed From Slavery and Pesticide Poisioning at Brazil Ranch

    Their living and working conditions were dangerous and dreadful. Elias Vieira da Silva and Nerisvan da Silva Elias survived in a dilapidated shack, sleeping on hammocks and pelted by rain. They had no clean drinking water. There was no bathroom. They endured frequent exposure to toxic chemicals.

    But now, thanks to urgent action by our Brazilian front-line partner organization, the two are free from slavery. They’ve received critical medical care and thousands of dollars in compensation from the cattle rancher who read more >

  • Ghana’s Children are More Precious than Gold

    Ghana’s gold mines are a source of prosperity and pain. Gold is a huge part of the country’s economy. But for children, mining can bring misery and death.

    “The conditions in the unlicensed gold mining sites are deplorable, especially for children,” says Free the Slaves Ghana Director Joha Braimah. “There is a high preference for children,” he says, “because children do not have bargaining power” with mining bosses. Kids are forced to do some of the most dangerous work.

    Free the Slaves is read more >

  • FTS Front-line Partners Brief Brazil’s Top Anti-trafficking Commission

    One reason Brazil is a world leader in fighting modern slavery is the existence of the country’s National Commission for the Eradication of Slave Labor (Conatrae). The commission helps coordinate anti-trafficking efforts of governmental agencies, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, businesses, international institutions and civil society groups.

    The commission turned to the leader of our front-line partner organization CPT recently for a status report on his group’s new initiative to help people who’ve broken free from slavery.

    The Nova read more >

  • Ending Slavery is Not an Impossible Dream

    Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg remembers there was skepticism that polio might one day be fully eradicated in developing countries. But 30 years ago, Rotary International began a global child vaccination campaign that is now close to achieving what once seemed like an impossible dream. 

    Maurice told Washington’s Rotary luncheon this week that the same kind of success can be possible in the global fight to end human trafficking.

    “If you know the cause of the disease you read more >

  • FTS Blog Turns Five Years Old Today

    It started as a one-year project for a Free the Slaves Freedom Award fellowship winner. But it has turned into a must-read platform for Free the Slaves supporters and our colleagues in the abolition movement. Today, it is 5 years old.

    The FTS blog is our platform for the latest news about how slavery affects communities globally, and what Free the Slaves and others are doing to build a slavery-free world. The blog now contains 741 posts in 19 read more >

  • New Law Could Require U.S. Companies to Disclose Anti-Trafficking Efforts to Feds

    Two House members known for their trailblazing support of anti-slavery laws introduced a new measure Monday that would require large corporations to publicly disclose if they are taking steps to prevent human trafficking, modern-day slavery and child labor in their products or services.

    The measure is called the “Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.” It is cosponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ).

    “There is no question that many goods read more >

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