• Make Your Mark Today to END IT

    Shine a Light on Slavery Day has arrived! Today we come together to give voice to a conversation that expresses the power of freedom. Today is the day to make anti-slavery awareness go viral. Join the END IT campaign. Draw a red X on your hand and share a photo of it on your social media […]

  • February 27th: Shine a Light on Slavery Day

    Get your red markers ready. This Thursday is Shine a Light on Slavery Day! On February 27th, you can become a part of the international movement to end slavery by signaling to the world that you won’t stand for it. Here’s how you can take action to stand for freedom for the millions who are enslaved […]

  • Courage, Vision and Hope From the Front Lines of Slavery

    It takes a special kind of person to fight for freedom and justice in dangerous hot spots where slavery still thrives. It takes a resilient and resourceful spirit to assist impoverished and marginalized people in their struggle to break free. But that’s the job description for the staffers who direct Free the Slaves programs around […]

  • Throw a Party This Month to Help Finish what Lincoln Started

    I’m pretty’s sure that Abraham Lincoln would want you to throw a party this month. Honest. Not to commemorate his birthday, February 12th, but to help finish the job he is most famous for starting: freeing the slaves. That’s why I’m writing today. I hope that you will consider making a gift or becoming a monthly supporter of Free the […]

  • 8 Things You Can Do to End Slavery

    Readers of the FTS blog already know that 21-30 million people are enslaved worldwide today. But what can you do to end it? The new Free the Slaves Take Action Card includes easy and quick steps to create the social change that will help end slavery. From 10 seconds to 10 days, here are things […]

  • Remembering Robin Romano, Who Fought for Human Human Rights with a Camera

    One of the founding principles of Free the Slaves is that we must show the world that slavery still exists. That has meant traveling to distant and dangerous places to film the brutality of slavery today, as well as to showcase innovative ways to end it. Over the years, FTS has been fortunate to work […]

  • 12 Years A Slave Could Happen Today, Screenwriter Tells Bill Maher on HBO

    Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Ridley is concerned that moviegoers might miss a key lesson from the poignant script he wrote for the hit movie 12 Years a Slave. “As beautiful as this film is, one of the dangers is people will go in and say thank God we’re not like that anymore. The fact of the […]

  • Rubio Calls for Stronger Trafficking Law at FTS Conference

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) opened today’s Free the Slaves and Broward College human trafficking conference this morning with a call to action. In a video message, Rubio called on the public to pressure Congress to pass The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act (H.R. 1732) this year. The bill focuses on […]

  • 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 […]

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