• 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 […]

  • FTS Recognized as Top Nominee for 2014 Classy Awards

    There are thousands of NGO’s working toward a better future. Whether it is environmental issues, poverty reduction, anti-human trafficking, disaster relief or veteran services, the world’s civil society is on the rise. To honor these organizations and the people who are putting their lives on the lines for others everyday, the Classy Awards, in conjunction […]

  • Investing in Congo’s Future: FTS Co-sponsors May 14th Town Hall in Los Angeles

    You might feel disconnected from events at remote mining sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). But American consumers are linked to the armed violence and slavery that grip eastern portions of the country. Many everyday products in our homes, offices and schools contain minerals mined by Congolese slaves, many of them children. […]

  • FTS Staffers Chosen for Prestigious Thunderbird Management Academy

    It takes more that a bold vision and deep commitment to conquer slavery. It takes exceptional strategic planning and programmatic execution skills to actually eradicate trafficking in global hot spots. That’s why FTS is thrilled that three key staffers have been selected to attend the American Express Leadership Academy at the  Thunderbird School of Global […]

  • A Major Step Forward for U.S. Corporate Accountability

    Many U.S. companies must soon disclose if their products are tainted by minerals often mined by slaves in central Africa. A federal appeals court panel has upheld most elements of the “conflict minerals rule,” which is a new corporate transparency regulation that can help consumers and investors, as well as people in slavery. The rule […]

  • Uniting World Religions to Combat Slavery

    If the battle against slavery hasn’t reached your faith community yet, it may be coming soon. A major global faith initiative to end modern-day slavery is taking root. Leading religious representatives and the Walk Free Foundation signed a groundbreaking agreement last month at the Vatican to work together, establishing the Global Freedom Network. The network will have a […]

  • Record-Setting Year for Freeing People From Slavery

    We’ve just completed our 2013 year-end review, and the results are both impressive and inspiring. In partnership with local organizations around the globe, we helped free more people from slavery last year than ever before. Here are the numbers from our frontline work in six trafficking hot spot countries: 3,127 people freed from slavery 18,465 […]

  • A World at School – Choosing Education over Slavery

    Education and slavery are interconnected. There are 57 million children worldwide who should be in school, but aren’t. About 5.5 million of them are slaves. This is why Free the Slaves has been asked to join a global partnership of leading organizations that is championing A World at School, a 500-day campaign to accelerate progress towards […]

  • Ghana to Capitol Hill: U.S. Briefing on Child Labor

    It isn’t every day that a child slavery survivor from Africa is a featured speaker at a congressional briefing. But this week, Capitol Hill witnessed the award-winning advocate and child trafficking survivor, James Kofi Annan, speaking alongside long time anti-slavery champion Senator Tom Harkin, to address the global injustice of child labor. The Alliance to End Slavery […]

  • What Causes Would Your Fave Movie Award Characters Support IRL?

    The 2014 MTV Movie Awards are happening this Sunday at 9/8C and we’ve got some ideas about what causes the nominated characters might support IRL.

  • Passover Prep: Why is This Night Different? Slavery.

    The Jewish people have a special connection to the curse of slavery and to its eradication. At the heart of our history is the Exodus. “ Avadim hayinu – We were slaves,” the Torah teaches. At Pesach, we rightly relax and celebrate the freedom we enjoy. But the fight is not over. Slavery persists. Worldwide, between 21 […]

  • Faith in Action Can Help End Slavery

    April is an important month for many faith communities, with Passover and Easter coming soon. So I’d like to encourage you to join us at Free the Slaves in reflecting on the important connection between faith and freedom. If you belong to a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, you have probably been called to take […]

  • MTV EXIT’s New Docudrama in India – TRAFFIC: STOP.THINK.ACT

    Slavery is probably not something you associate with MTV. But think again. MTV has been running an awareness-raising project about slavery: MTV EXIT. The network is helping combat human trafficking through innovative campaigns to inform young people about modern-day slavery. The newest initiative is in India, a country with the highest estimated population of people […]

  • Shop for Good and Support Free the Slaves

    Free the Slaves is excited to announce our new partnership with two e-commerce giants! Now you can support the work of FTS when you buy or sell products through Amazon and eBay. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. If you have an existing Amazon account […]

  • New Report: How to Combat Child Slavery at Gold Mines

    All too often, the price of gold includes a human toll. At many mining sites, children are exploited as workers. A new report by Free the Slaves, Ghana Child Rights in Mining Project, examines the problem of child slavery and child labor at informal gold mining sites. Investigators uncovered cases of sex slavery involving young […]

  • Exclusive Auction to Benefit Free the Slaves

    Free the Slaves is excited to announce the opening of an exclusive auction that benefits FTS frontline work! Gillian Anderson, who appeared most notably in X-Files and Last King of Scotland, is generously auctioning off the chance to meet her on the set of THE FALL in Belfast! Anderson is starring in SOLD, a new […]

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