• FTS Talks About Modern-day Slavery with VOA News

    Free the Slaves is spreading the word about global trafficking on global TV and radio. FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg was a guest on the most recent edition of “On the Line,” broadcast worldwide by the Voice of America.  Even though slavery was abolished, it still exists because victims of poverty, discrimination and corruption remain vulnerable and […]

  • FTS Urges Congress and White House: Don’t Sacrifice Protection of Child Slaves

    This week may bring key votes in Congress responding to the increase in child refugees entering the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Some of these children are fleeing widespread slavery in their home countries. But one of the policy revisions being debated in Washington would repeal protection for child slaves under American […]

  • Why I Donate to Free the Slaves — Amna Al Nowais

    Editor’s Note: Many FTS contributors are embracing The Power of 12 by scheduling automatic monthly donations. This form of support is especially valuable since it helps us know that a regular level of funding is coming, avoiding the risks of boom-and-bust cycles in our ability to maintain a steady fight against slavery throughout the year. […]

  • Convince Congress to Take a Stand Against Slavery in Business Supply Chains

    It’s hard for consumers to know which of the products we buy are tainted by slavery. But that could change, if you want it to. U.S Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) have introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). The bipartisan bill […]

  • Study the Facts: Don’t Scapegoat U.S. Trafficking Law Because of Child Refugee Crisis

    SERVING UNITED STATES INTERESTS AND VALUES A Factual Foundation for the Sensible and Humane Treatment Of Unaccompanied Children at our Borders  Free the Slaves Policy Brief |July 2014 There was a time in American history when runaway slaves were hunted down and returned to their masters. Free the Slaves believes that the United States should […]

  • On the Front Lines of Slavery in Congo

    Under the lush green hills and red clay that surround Lubono village, lies gold. It’s the centerpiece of the local economy. Much of the mining here is carried out by what are called “artisanal” miners. This term masks the incredibly difficult and dangerous work in which the miners are engaged. The approach to mining here […]

  • What You Need to Know About the Power of 12

    Every day we see how the power of community can liberate entire villages from slavery around the globe. That is why we’re asking our community of supporters to come together to take a powerful stand. Our goal is simple: we want to raise $350,000 by the end of 2014 and welcome 1,000 new donors to our cause. If you haven’t […]

  • New Website Aims to Expand the Modern Abolition Movement

    Our friends at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have just launched a new website dedicated to building bridges between people who want to take action and organizations that are working to eradicate slavery around the world. It’s called End Slavery Now. “Though slavery still exists and has ever since ancient times, so have committed […]

  • Governments Must Do More to Eradicate Slavery, says Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “no government, anywhere yet, is doing enough” to eradicate slavery, and “zones of impunity” exist around the world that allow trafficking to flourish. Kerry’s comments came as he unveiled the State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report this morning, which provides a country-by-country assessment of governmental efforts to […]

  • Leader of FTS Partner Group Honored as TIP Report Hero

    The director of Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) in India, Bhanuja Sharan Lal, Ph.D., has been honored this morning by the U.S. State Department as a global anti-slavery hero in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons report. His team of more than 75 front line anti-slavery activists has been progressively dismantling entrenched systems of […]

  • 5 Lessons from InterAction Forum about Building a Broader Anti-Slavery Movement

    FTS Nepal Director Neelam Sharma flew half way around the world last week to represent Free the Slaves at the InterAction annual forum in Washington. Her mission: build consciousness among human rights professionals that they have a role to play in eradicating modern-day slavery. InterAction, a “united voice for global change,” is an association of […]

  • New Legislation Could Help Consumers and Investors Take a Stand Against Slavery

    No consumer wants to buy products made by slaves. And no investor wants to support companies that use slave labor. But it’s extraordinarily difficult for shoppers or stockbrokers to know which products or companies may be tainted by trafficking. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) want to help. They’ve just […]

  • Brazil: A Global Leader in Fighting Slavery

    The world’s attention shifts to Brazil today, where Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will open the FIFA World Cup tournament with the song Ole Ola (We are One), and soccer teams will begin competition to determine who is the world’s best. But far from the soccer stadiums, a different kind of team is setting a different […]

  • FTS Joins InterAction

    What do you call a room full of international development professionals? A golden opportunity! And that opportunity unfolds this week as InterAction hosts its 30th Annual Forum in Washington. For the first time, Free the Slaves will be on hand as an InterAction member organization. That’s important because one of our key goals is to […]

  • Send the Perfect Father’s Day Present: An e-Card that Spreads Freedom

    What if you had no choice but to send your child away, hoping she’d be fed, go to school and be safe? What if you found out that instead she was held against her will, abused and forced to work? No father wants to send his daughter to be enslaved as a maid in another […]

  • FTS Strengthens Monitoring of Front-Line Projects

    The anti-slavery movement is at an historic crossroads. We must do more than awaken the world to the fact that slavery still exists. We must convince the world that slavery can be overcome. And to do that, we must prove that our work on the front lines is breaking slavery’s grip on the vulnerable communities […]

  • Sex Slavery Survivor Receives FTS Freedom Award

    One of the most important challenges for the anti-slavery movement is to ensure that survivors receive the support they need to reclaim their dignity and restart their lives. And to do that, it’s vital that the people who know slavery best – trafficking survivors themselves – help guide the work. One such leader is Timea […]

  • Beyond Hashtags and Resolutions: What It Will Take to End Slavery

    The #bringbackourgirls hashtag has sparked widespread revulsion over the kidnapping of Nigerian girls who might be sold into bondage, including congressional resolutions condemning the group Boko Haram. While hashtag activism and expressions of outrage are important, they will not be enough to eradicate slavery. What’s needed is a concerted global campaign that’s equal to the […]

  • House Passes Package of Anti-Trafficking Bills

    The House of Representatives approved a range of proposals Tuesday to combat sex slavery in the U.S., including training for police to recognize trafficking cases and treat victims appropriately, a ban on advertising sex for sale with children, and an initiative for sex slavery survivors to receive restitution from pimps. “While an interest in human […]

  • Watch #standwithme Online and Support FTS

    If you can invest just one hour to learn about modern-day slavery and what can be done to end it, you should watch the new documentary film #standiwithme. After premiering in 30 U.S. cities earlier this year, the movie is now available to watch online. People who watch it via the player below on the […]

  • Slavery Generates $150 billion in Profits Yearly for Traffickers, says New Research

    A new report underscores how profitable and widespread modern-day slavery has become. The U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) this morning estimates that trafficking generates $150 billion in illicit profits each year. The figure is three times more than previously estimated. The ILO report, Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labor, says two thirds of the […]

  • Unchosen Launches 2014 Modern-Day Slavery Short-Film Competition

    Unchosen, an anti-trafficking charity that organizes film campaigns to combat modern slavery in the U.K. and Ireland, is launching its 2014  Short Film Competition. The aim is “to challenge what people choose not to see.”“The more people that know about the matter, the more likely it is to cause effective change,” says Unchosen.Film entries from […]

  • Dan Elkes Joins FTS Board

    Free the Slaves is pleased to announce that philanthropist, business strategist and biotech executive Daniel Elkes has joined the FTS board of directors. Dan currently works in the biotechnology industry as the director of the pipeline and portfolio planning group at Genentech, where he uses his expertise in strategic planning, decision analysis and pharmaceutical development […]

  • Let’s Rescue All the World’s Children Who’ve Been Kidnapped for Slavery

    There was a horrifying phrase in the news this week from Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria, as he spoke about the girls his group has kidnapped. “There is a market for selling humans,” he said. He is right, and his comment unveils a terrible truth about the persistence of slavery. Too […]

  • The Perfect Mother’s Day Present: An e-Card that Spreads Freedom

    Wherever Free the Slaves works, there are poignant and inspiring stories of women who would give anything to protect their children from slavery. In Nepal, Lucky was forced to leave her daughter behind when she escaped enslavement in an Indian circus. She set in motion a coordinated international effort to rescue her daughter, who is now safely […]

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