• 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 […]

  • Broward College in Florida to Hold Free Day-Long Event to Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking

    In you live in South Florida, this event next Thursday is for you! In recognition of National Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Broward College, in partnership with Free the Slaves, will host a day-long conference titled “Human Trafficking: Exposing the Crisis, Devising Strategies and Solutions.” It’s on Thursday, January 30th, from 9 a.m. to […]

  • Will you help End It in 2014?

    This month marks the official re-launch of End It, the campaign to shine a light on slavery.  End It began last year as two-month public awakening project to remind young adults they have resources to fight slavery, such as spreading the word through social media. This year, the campaign’s message is simple but powerful: draw a […]

  • White House Releases 5-Year Plan to Provide Services to Slavery Victims

    Two years ago, President Barack Obama delivered the longest presidential speech on slavery since Abraham Lincoln. In his address to the Clinton Global Initiative he committed to three steps to strengthen the fight against human trafficking. First, he promised to increase awareness by training teachers, police officers, and transportation inspectors to be better equipped to […]

  • Honoring the Promise to End Slavery Forever

    Last Saturday, I was standing on hallowed ground. As I rose to speak to hundreds of people gathered for a benefit concert at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, I had to take a deep breath. That’s because on that very spot, 150 years ago, anti-slavery activists were attending the funeral of one my wife’s ancestors, the […]

  • 4 years After Haiti Earthquake Children Still at High Risk of Slavery

    Haiti’s devastating earthquake hit on January 12, 2010. It affected everyone in Haiti, and continues to affect those who lost friends and family as well as homes and businesses. While significant money and effort has been marshaled to rebuild, much remains to be done. Solving one of Haiti’s most important human rights challenges must remain […]

  • Don’t Miss Saturday’s Amazing Benefit concert for FTS in Brooklyn

    TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE SATURDAY, JANUARY 11:  Plymouth Church will be hosting a benefit concert for Free the Slaves. Join an all-star lineup, including The Impressions, Naomi Shelton, members of The Dap-Kings, The Gospel Queens and the Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Plymouth Church has a long history of involvement in the abolition and civil […]

  • Peace in Congo is Opportunity to Combat Slavery

    This year brings a remarkable opportunity to a country that has been gripped by conflict for decades. With the M23 rebels vanquished, slavery can become a new focus for building lasting peace and prosperity for all in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I was in Goma late last year at the end […]

  • New Video: What Does Slavery Look Like Today?

    It’s an ancient abuse. But it persists throughout the world today. Slavery remains one of the greatest human rights challenges of history. Modern-day slavery looks different than the sailing ships and shackles we learned about in high school history class. Today, it’s largely hidden from sight. People now are trapped by different forces — less […]

  • Two Amazing Events Highlight Trafficking Awareness Month in New York

    Brooklyn hosts two important anti-slavery events next weekend that will shine a light on trafficking and the innovative methods FTS has developed to fight it. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11:  Plymouth Church will be hosting a benefit concert for Free the Slaves. Join an all-star lineup, including The Impressions, Naiomi Shelton, members of The Dap-Kings, The Gospel Queens and […]

  • New Video: What Does Slavery Look Like Today?

    It’s an ancient abuse. But it persists throughout the world today. Slavery remains one of the greatest human rights challenges of history. Modern-day slavery looks different than the sailing ships and shackles we learned about in high school history class. Today, it’s largely hidden from sight. People now are trapped by different forces — less […]

  • January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    What can you do to end modern-day slavery? Take action in January by spreading the word that slavery can be overcome. Here are some ideas for how you can help: Tell your relatives, coworkers, classmates, colleagues and neighbors. Play a Free the Slaves video at your place of worship. Pick a Free the Slaves book […]

  • New Year’s Message of Hope

    It’s been quite a year at Free the Slaves, especially for Executive Director Maurice Middleberg. He has spent much of 2013 on the road visiting our front line programs in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. His meetings with slavery survivors and activists have led to an important insight. “Slaveholders and traffickers are astonishingly vulnerable, while […]

  • BBC Chronicles World’s Best Slavery SWAT Squad on Christmas Night

    They’re committed. They’re armed. And they’re successful. Very successful. Like 46,000 slaves freed since 1995 successful. They’re the labor department’s mobile inspection units in Brazil. They swoop down on farms, ranches, mines, quarries, logging camps and factories to free slaves and prosecute slaveholders. Many of the tips that set the squads in motion come from […]

  • Send a Holiday E-Card and Spread Freedom

    Dear Friends of Free the Slaves, HOPE is one of the most important aspects of our mission at Free the Slaves. We bring HOPE to those in slavery. HOPE that they can regain control of their lives. HOPE that they can triumph over oppression. HOPE that their children will be able to pursue their destiny in freedom. The Free the Slaves model is simple. […]

  • Join FTS Leader for Forbes Magazine Google Hangout Today

    They’re being billed as an “anti-trafficking trio” who “share a passion for freedom.” And they’ll be on the Web live today during a Google Hangout organized by Forbes magazine. The conversation begins at 2 p.m. ET. The trio is FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg, acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine and 9-year-old anti-slavery activist Vivienne Harr. The […]

  • Top 10 Reasons to Donate to FTS this Holiday Season

    Please consider adding FTS to your gift-giving list this holiday season. With a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly contribution, you can help people break free from slavery around the world. Trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. But it can be defeated if we all act together. FTS has […]

  • Stand Against Slavery on Human Rights Day

    If you’ve never had a chance to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, today is a good time to do it. December 10th is Human Rights Day, a date proclaimed by the U.N. in 1950 to focus global attention on the declaration as “the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” […]

  • Nelson Mandela: An Inspiration to All Who Struggle for Human Rights

    Our thoughts are with the people of South Africa, who’ve lost the man who led their nation from one of history’s most notorious forms of oppression. Nelson Mandela’s triumph over apartheid is a beacon of hope to those who still yearn for freedom and dignity around the globe. Mandela’s most enduring reference to slavery came […]

  • New Documentary Film Features Work of FTS: See Trailer Now & Sign-Up for Premiere

    The team from Stillmotion has wrapped-up filming for their new documentary, #standwithme. The film’s preview is now available online. You can also sign up now to attend premiere screenings of the film in 30 U.S. cities coast to coast early next year! This feature-length film chronicles how artistry and activism can build bridges to freedom […]

  • Your Support Brings Joy and Freedom to Slaves Worldwide

    There is a common myth about the nature of anti-slavery work: that it’s terribly depressing. Actually, fighting slavery is the most joyful experience that you can imagine. Nothing compares to the joy I’ve seen on the faces of families freed from generations of debt bondage slavery in Asia, or the smiling faces of children I’ve […]

  • 70 Child Slavery Survivors Receive Government Checks After Long Struggle in India

    For former slaves in India, the government’s provision of Rs.20,000 (approximately $333) makes a crucial difference for protecting themselves and their families from being re-enslaved. With these funds, they can buy some land, or livestock, or start up a small shop. It’s clear in the law that every individual officially released from bonded labor should […]

  • Congress Briefed on a Crime Against Children: Restavek Slavery in Haiti

    Religious and political figures gathered on Capitol Hill last week to raise awareness about one of the world’s most challenging child slavery problems: restavek slavery in Haiti. The Church World Service and The Episcopal Church, in cooperation with Congressman Chris Smith and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized the briefing to highlight the political, economic and ethical […]

  • Jason Mraz: The Power of Music in the Fight Against Slavery

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz headlined a historic concert last year for 70,000 fans to show the power of music at MTV Exit’s unprecedented anti-trafficking concert in Myanmar. You can now see part of Jason’s performance online: The Freedom Song. It has touched the hearts of thousands of people fighting to end slavery. “We’ve got some […]

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