• All for LOVE: Meet Do Something Awards Finalist Jillian Mourning [INTERVIEW]

    Jillian was only 19 when she became a victim of sex trafficking. Now her org, All We Want is LOVE (Liberation of Victims Everywhere) is up for $100,000 at the Do Something Awards.

  • A Political, Economic and Moral Call for Action: Companies Must Disclose Slavery in their Products

    A congressional briefing last Friday on Capitol Hill highlighted many reasons why American companies should be required to disclose if their products are manufactured by slaves or with slavery-tainted raw materials. “Government can help, without being in the knickers of business too much, to encourage transparency,” said Mark Lagon, who is an international affairs professor [...]

  • FTS Country Directors Brief U.S. State Dept.

    It isn’t often that all five FTS country directors are in the same place at the same time. But it happened last week in Washington, as our overseas staff briefed the U.S. State Department’s “J/TIP” anti-trafficking team. The presentation was called “Innovations on the Front Lines of Slavery.” The briefing began with DRC Country Director [...]

  • FTS Nepal Partner Wins Major Human Rights Award

    We’ve received wonderful news that one of our Nepali partners, Shakti Samuha, has just won a prestigious award for its anti-trafficking work. It’s called the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and it is presented annually for achievements that improve lives and transform societies. It’s considered by many to be Asia’s premier prize and highest honor. Shakti Samuha, an [...]

  • Judge Upholds Legality of Groundbreaking Method for Corporate Transparency on Slavery

    A U.S. federal court judge has rejected efforts by three leading business associations to block new rules that require American manufacturers to disclose if their products contain slavery-tainted minerals from central Africa. Judge Robert Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) “Conflict Mineral Rule.” [...]

  • Fundraising and House Party Preparation Guide Now Online

    Here’s a question that people ask us all the time: What can I do myself, right now, to help end slavery? There’s a simple answer: host a house party to raise money for Free the Slaves. We have a new tool kit just for that. It’s featured on our website. We give you a rundown [...]

  • New FTS Research Reports on the Congo Now Online in French & English

    Two new FTS field investigations are now available on our website in both French and English. The two reports break new ground in understanding the scope and impact of slavery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congo’s Mining Slaves provides new evidence of widespread slavery at mining sites in Congo’s South Kivu Province. Wives [...]

  • New FTS Field Research Exposé Documents Forced Marriage Slavery in the Congo

    There are few things more fundamental in life than marriage. It is the foundation of family. It provides legal and cultural structure for society. There is growing recognition, however, that for many women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC or Congo), marriage can be slavery. It can begin through abduction and [...]

  • New FTS Investigative Report Uncovers Widespread Slavery at Congo Mines

    Mining is a key source of export income for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC or Congo). Minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold are shipped to industrialized nations for use in electronics, jewelry, manufacturing and many other industries. Congo’s mineral resources have the potential to help the nation’s economy expand and diversify. [...]

  • FTS Freedom Award Winner Recounts Life in Slavery at OAS Roundtable on Domestic Servitude

    With a “ knot” in her throat, Free the Slaves Freedom Award winner Josefa Condori Quispe recounted her ordeal in slavery. “We have to tell this very sad story,” she said. Her personal testimony was a highlight of an Organization of American States roundtable in Washington to spotlight domestic servitude in the Americas. Josefa was [...]

  • Tuesday Forum to Spotlight Domestic Servitude Slavery, Feature FTS Experts

    Tomorrow brings a great opportunity to lean about the scope and impact of a hidden form of modern-day slavery: domestic servitude. The Organization of American States (OAS) is conducting a policy roundtable to raise awareness and promote solutions. The policy roundtable will be webcast live in English and Spanish from 2:30 p.m. (ET) to 4:30 [...]

  • Russia, China Among Worst in World in Combating Slavery as Annual U.S. Trafficking Report Released

    Two economic powerhouses were downgraded today in the U.S. State Department’s  country-by-country annual review of global efforts to reduce trafficking and modern-day slavery. Russia and China – as well as Uzbekistan — were given “Tier 3” status in the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, meaning those countries do “not fully comply” with U.S. anti-trafficking [...]

  • Human rights worker hospitalized as brick kiln owner and henchmen attack rescued slaves during police raid

    Editors Note: this article was written by FTS South Asia Director Supriya Awashti and FTS Associate Programs Director Ginny Baumann. Free the Slaves has received deeply disturbing news from our frontline partner organization, Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS), about a vicious assault on one of the group’s staffers and five slavery survivors. They [...]

  • FTS combats child slavery as World Day Against Child Labor raises global awareness

    Today marks the 12th annual World Day Against Child Labor,  started by the International Labor Organization (ILO) to highlight the plight of hundreds of millions of children engaged in work that deprives them of education, health, and basic rights. Many of these children are enslaved. This year, the ILO focuses on ensuring that children are [...]

  • New Podcast Explains How Slavery Winds Up in Your Life

    Our friends at Walk Free in Australia have just released a new audio podcast, featuring FTS Co-Founder Kevin Bales, to explain that we all have a stake in ending modern-day slavery. It’s called “Slavery is Not a Game.” The 30-minute discussion is a terrific primer on how slavery-tainted raw materials and finished products wind up [...]

  • A Thank You to End It Campaign

    We received terrific news today from our friends at the End It Movement, as they wrap up their campaign. From January 1 through April 9, young activists mobilized across the country to shine a light on modern-day slavery.  They raised awareness on a large scale and helped generate significant resources to support the anti-slavery movement.  [...]

  • FTS Urges Congressional Action to Bring Peace to Congo

    FTS has joined 11 other humanitarian and human rights organizations to urge congressional action on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as security conditions threaten to worsen in volatile eastern sections of the country. “We are at a crucial time for the DRC,” the letter states. “With a new peace accord signed and rebel [...]

  • Investors Support SEC Conflict Mineral Rule as One-year Compliance Countdown Begins

    More than 40 sustainable, socially responsible, and faith-based investment groups, who manage over $450 billion in assets, are voicing support today for new requirements that U.S. companies disclose if their products contain “conflict minerals” from central Africa. One year from today, businesses must file their first disclosures with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [...]

  • 16 Children Rescued From Fishing Slavery in Ghana

    Editor’s Note: Early this month, FTS frontline partner group Challenging Heights conducted one of their largest rescue missions ever, targeting 20 villages along 125 miles of shoreline on Lake Volta, looking for Ghanaian children reported to be enslaved on fishing boats. FTS Ghana Director Joha Braimah and Program Manager Christy Gillmore were with the team [...]

  • Brazil Marks 125 Years of Abolition with New Anti-Slavery Enforcement Tool

    May 13th is a special day in Brazil. It’s the date Brazilians celebrate the Abolition Act, which outlawed slavery here in 1888. This year marked the 125th anniversary. Of course, slavery still exists in Brazil even though it has been illegal for more than a century. That’s why officials in several Brazilian states picked this [...]

  • [Interview] Andrew Jenks Shares What He Learned From 'World of Jenks'

    We talked to Jenks about what he’s learned from Chad, D-Real and Kaylin while filming the show.

  • My First 100 Days: Charting a Path Forward for Free the Slaves

    Dear Friends, I recently completed my first 100 days as executive director of Free the Slaves. During my first weeks on the job, I spent most of my time reaching out to stakeholders: staff, board members, donors, peer organizations, policy makers and other FTS friends. These conversations have helped me develop a portrait of Free [...]

  • See It Live: Top Officials Talk Trafficking at White House Friday Morning

    Several U.S. cabinet secretaries will gather Friday morning at the White House for the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry, and will include Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen [...]

  • Your Donations Help a Former Slave to Free Others

    I’m writing to tell you about an extraordinary man and his remarkable legal clinic in India. The man is Roshan Lal. He was raised in a family of slaves. Now he is free and helping those still in slavery. Roshan’s clinic is a testament to his courage and dedication. It’s a small brick outpost surrounded [...]

  • Call for Kerry to Watchdog Trafficking Watch List

    Anticipation is building for the release of this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report from the U.S. State Department. The report has become an important diplomatic tool in the fight against modern-day slavery. Businesses also use the rankings to understand the risks of slavery connected to their supply chains. This year’s report will be the [...]

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