• 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 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 unveiled a new plan to change that. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced the End read more >

  • 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 at the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix that American corporations can make a substantial difference in eradicating slavery.

    The annual convention brings together industry leaders, members read more >

  • 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 […]

  • 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 in the past two years. Now she and Jordan are departing on an ambitious year-long journey that includes filming slavery survivors and anti-slavery activists in Nepal, read more >

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Sudan in the late 1800s. She was eventually freed and became a Canossian nun. St. Bakhita was canonized in a Mass in read more >

  • 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 law.

    The 13th Amendment faced many challenges, but the poignant moment of its congressional passage was only the beginning of a long process to eradicate slavery read more >

  • 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 and the event coordinator stressed the importance of spreading awareness on human trafficking. 

    Then, guest Kathy Bryan, a sex trafficking victim, shared her story. Kathy was 16 when read more >

  • 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 […]

  • 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 a new form of community sensitization that has the ability to reach a larger number of people at one time,” Challenging Heights founder and child slavery read more >

  • 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 […]

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