• Historic Benchmark: 12,000 People Freed from Slavery

    Inspiring news to report today: Free the Slaves has liberated 12,000 people from slavery! That’s worth saying twice. Free the Slaves has liberated 12,000 people from slavery!

    People who had been forced to do backbreaking work for no pay, by ruthless criminals who use fraud to trick the vulnerable and violence to imprison them in inhuman conditions, are now walking free. Free.

    Free the Slaves hit this historic read more >

  • Harvard Study Shows Effectiveness of FTS Community Approach in India

    One of the major challenges in the fight against modern slavery is proving that a particular strategy successfully and sustainably liberates people from bondage, and that there’s an improvement in socioeconomic conditions in places where slavery has been overcome. A recent investigation by Harvard University has determined that the Free the Slaves community-based model is a success on both counts.  

    The groundbreaking study by Harvard’s FXB Center for Health & Human Rights is called “When we Raise read more >

  • Free A Village for Your Mom

    Not sure what to give the mothers in your life for Mother’s Day? Give Freedom! As a tribute to your mom, help free entire villages from slavery in India. Then download our 2016 Mother’s Day card and email it to her.

    Our Mother’s Day theme this year is short and simple: “Free A Village.” We’ve discovered an amazing way to break the back of slavery. We partner with local organizations to strengthen and liberate entire villages. We’re aggregating donations on generosity.com this read more >

  • Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Lessons to Fight Traffickers in Disaster Zones

    It’s been a year since the 2015 Nepal earthquake killed thousands and left large parts of the country in ruins. One of the key tragedies of the quake’s aftermath is that human traffickers preyed on desperate and vulnerable Nepalis, causing a rise in slavery cases.

    A slavery spike is common in crisis zones. So we’ve teamed-up with our Nepali and international partners to develop recommendations that can guide future earthquake response efforts worldwide.

    The team found that simple steps can make a read more >

  • FTS & Partners Stand in Solidarity with Nepal Labor Minister

    Nepal’s labor minister is paving the way for safer, cheaper migration for workers while protecting women from sexual exploitation and wage theft. Free the Slaves is one of many organizations that have been advocating for strong measures to ensure Nepalis who leave home to look for work aren’t trafficked into slavery instead.

    Minister Deepak Bohora met with FTS Nepal director Neelam Sharma and others last week to discussion his decision to maintain Nepal’s “Free Visa Free Ticket” policy. The initiative provides read more >

  • Do You Know What it Takes to Liberate an Entire Village from Slavery?

    Free the Slaves has discovered an incredible way to break the back of slavery in the world’s worst trafficking hot spot.

    We do it by partnering with local organizations in India to strengthen and liberate entire villages. It’s amazing. Everyone breaks free. Together!

    You can make this happen. We’re teaming up with Generosity.com this spring to liberate 55 Indian villages. Generosity will bundle together your contributions, big or small, to help people break free and stay free. Our quick campaign video shows slavery read more >

  • Tips for Aspiring Abolitionists in the Making

    They’re young. They’re eager. They’re energetic. And they’re the future of the anti-slavery movement. Across America, college students are studying strategies for action in the global fight to eradicate human trafficking.

    I had the honor to speak to some of these students this month at Harvard University and Oberlin College. My theme: “communications as activism.”

    One of the first challenges for any human rights campaign is raising awareness that a problem exists. Free the Slaves has been at the forefront of a read more >

  • Make the Next President a Great Emancipator!

    We need your help to make modern slavery a presidential campaign issue. With tens of millions enslaved worldwide, it’s critical that the next U.S. president make fighting slavery a priority.

    Today, the anti-slavery movement is launching the Generation Freedom campaign. The goal: get Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump to commit to spending $3 billion a year, if elected, to fight human trafficking inside the U.S. and around the world.

    That might seem like a lot. But read more >

  • Improving Anti-Trafficking Work in Conflict and Crisis Situations

    What if the response to a natural disaster in the U.S. looked like typical international relief efforts for crises overseas? How effective would it be?

    “Imagine trying to respond to Hurricane Katrina and having a French NGO, where most of the workers speak French and no English, coming in to try to coordinate the response effort,” says FTS Programs Director Karen Stauss. Yet, that’s what typically happens after typhoons and earthquakes in developing countries. “It’s that silly,” Stauss says. “It’s that read more >

  • Women Freeing Women from Slavery in Nepal

    It’s International Women’s Day – a great opportunity to see for yourself how women are confronting and overcoming human trafficking in one of the world’s worst hot spots, Nepal.

    Seema and Kamala know firsthand how women who are migrating for work can be tricked and trapped in slavery. It happened to them. Now, they are anti-trafficking leaders, working with women at a village level to help them spot slavery’s warning signs. They also help slavery survivors overcome stigma and read more >

  • Justice Triumphs! Four Traffickers Convicted in India

    One of the toughest challenges in fighting modern slavery is holding traffickers accountable for their crimes. But after a three-year struggle, lawyers with the Free the Slaves front-line partner group Tatvasi Samaj Nyas (TSN) have ensured that four traffickers will go to jail and their victim will receive restitution.

    The case involves a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and taken to the town of Sonipat in northern India. She was forced into slavery as a domestic servant. The girl was unable to read more >

  • Survivor-Friendly Police Training in Nepal

    Police officers in Nepal sometimes respond with indifference to human trafficking cases, impeding slavery survivors’ access to justice.

    That is beginning to change, thanks to the Free the Slaves front-line partner organization GMSP. It is working with local and district police officers to ensure Nepal’s justice system works to protect the vulnerable.

    GMSP trained two groups of Nepali police officers about survivor-friendly approaches to human trafficking, slavery and gender-based violence. The two-day workshops in the Sindhupalchok district were well attended, with 35 officers read more >

  • FTS Urges U.S. to Lead a Great Emancipation to End Modern Slavery

    The U.S. can make history by leading the charge to eradicate human trafficking – if political will and funding are provided to support America’s strong talk against modern slavery, says Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg.

    “The next president of the United States will have the opportunity to become the great emancipator of the 21st century, by asserting U.S. leadership and galvanizing global action against slavery. This committee could help pave the path,” Middleberg told the Senate Foreign Relations read more >

  • Freedom from Slavery Forum Discusses Ways to Strengthen Anti-trafficking Movement

    Collecting better data on slavery, developing standards for services to slavery survivors, creating a platform for U.S. presidential candidates to support, and leveraging the inclusion of slavery in the United Nations sustainable development goals.

    These four critical themes for strengthening the anti-slavery movement were front and center as 38 leaders from 36 organizations across the globe convened at Stanford University last October for the third annual Freedom from Slavery Forum.

    The ongoing mission of the forum is to increase the read more >

  • New Judaism-in-Action Materials for Fighting Slavery Now Online

    Judaism is deeply connected to the themes of slavery and freedom. The enslavement of Jews during biblical times—and their subsequent exodus—are a central narrative not only for Jewish people, but for others who have found hope in the biblical story.

    That’s why FTS has teamed-up with Jewish educators in the creation of engaging materials to bring the cause of modern slavery to your home, synagogue, school and Seder. The 2016 editions are now live on our Faith in Action webpage.

    The handouts read more >

  • FTS Leader Teaches Students How to Free Slaves

    When asked what he does for a living, Maurice Middleberg answers with a smile: “I free slaves.”

    Last week, he told students just how he does it, as a guest lecturer at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies’ Human Trafficking Center.  

    Long after the Emancipation Proclamation and an array of domestic and international laws criminalizing exploitive labor practices, an estimated 21 million people remain in slavery around the world, minus the over 10,000 read more >

  • FTS Trains Peace Corps Volunteers: If You See Slavery, Say Something

    Thousands of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers are posted around the globe each year to promote world peace and friendship through projects that tackle international development challenges such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security and gender equality. They work in many of the same communities where slavery and trafficking are rampant.

    So a few months ago, we were honored to train 10 new Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana to recognize slavery when they see it—and provide ideas on what they read more >

  • A Day of Remembrance, Prayer and Action

    Today is an important date in the Catholic calendar. Pope Francis has proclaimed Feb. 8 the “International Day of Prayer and Awareness on Human Trafficking.”

    The date commemorates the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman who was kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s, rescued by an Italian diplomat, welcomed by a convent to become a nun, and canonized by the pope as a saint.

    “Human trafficking is a crime against humanity,” says Pope Francis. “It’s a disgrace,” he says, that read more >

  • Meet the FTS Fun(d) Raisers!

    Meet our  development team and learn a little more about who we are and why Free the Slaves matters to us!

    Katherine Carey: Special Projects Officer

    Why this mission matters to me: I still remember the shock I experienced when my mom, a career-long criminal prosecutor, denied that trafficking existed in the United States. I was talking about it because of what I was learning in my anti-human trafficking college course, but from that moment on I was hooked on the issue. read more >

  • The Most Important Thing You Can Do to End Slavery

    People ask me all the time: “What is the single most important thing a person can do to help people escape or avoid modern-day slavery?” The answer is simple. It’s one word. Donate.
    That’s especially true right now, as we conclude National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the U.S. Your ongoing contributions to Free the Slaves make a powerful statement about the strength of the anti-slavery movement. And your gift will make the difference read more >

  • Kids Ask Their Member of Congress to End Slavery

    Over the past three years a group of children and youths in Sacramento, California, has come together to form the Kids’ Freedom Club. The purpose is to free slaves by raising money, educating others about the problem and advocating for change. We’ve raised money by doing things like a coin collection drive, a pancake breakfast, and a garage sale. We also did a letter writing campaign where we asked people to write to companies telling them to stop read more >

  • Take Political Action to End Slavery

    Human Trafficking Prevention Month was created to build awareness that slavery still exists and to mobilize action to end slavery once and for all. There are two simple things you can do right now to help.

    Take International Political Action: Visit the 50 for Freedom Campaign and sign the digital petition to strengthen global trafficking laws. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization has passed a new anti-slavery treaty that needs to be ratified by countries around the world. Click the online petition to let your elected representatives know read more >

  • A Champion for Freeing Women from Slavery in India

    2016 Trafficking Awareness Day Spotlight

    More than half of the people trapped in modern slavery are women and girls. They’re exploited in bars and brothels, in homes as maids and nannies, on farms and fishing boats, and in mines and factories worldwide.

    Supriya Awasthi has dedicated her life to bringing this exploitation to an end. As South Asia director for Free the Slaves, her mission is to liberate slaves and change the conditions that allow slavery to persist. She’s based in read more >


    January is a perfect opportunity to mobilize your friends, family, neighbors, classmates, clients, congregants, co-workers and everyone you know. Join us in January to raise the visibility of slavery as one of the world’s greatest human rights problems. It’s a problem we can solve, if everyone pushes together. Here are great ideas to get you started:

    Host a House Party. It’s a terrific way to raise awareness and raise funds for Free the Slaves. Play a Free the Slaves video at the read more >

  • Last Chance to Donate During our 15th Anniversary

    Your generous support has empowered Free the Slaves to liberate people from inhuman mistreatment in bondage and change the conditions that allow the evil of slavery to persist.

    If you haven’t had an opportunity yet to contribute in 2015—our 15th year as an organization—I hope you will take this opportunity to donate now.

    As we conclude our 15th birthday celebration, I’d like to call your attention to our four-step formula that applies the tools of social science, economics, education and law enforcement to the work of bringing read more >

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