• 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 […]

  • Top 10 Reasons to Donate to FTS this Holiday Season

    Please consider adding FTS to your gift-giving list this holiday season. With a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly contribution, you can help people break free from slavery around the world. Trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. But it can be defeated if we all act together. FTS has […]

  • Stand Against Slavery on Human Rights Day

    If you’ve never had a chance to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, today is a good time to do it. December 10th is Human Rights Day, a date proclaimed by the U.N. in 1950 to focus global attention on the declaration as “the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” […]

  • Nelson Mandela: An Inspiration to All Who Struggle for Human Rights

    Our thoughts are with the people of South Africa, who’ve lost the man who led their nation from one of history’s most notorious forms of oppression. Nelson Mandela’s triumph over apartheid is a beacon of hope to those who still yearn for freedom and dignity around the globe. Mandela’s most enduring reference to slavery came […]

  • New Documentary Film Features Work of FTS: See Trailer Now & Sign-Up for Premiere

    The team from Stillmotion has wrapped-up filming for their new documentary, #standwithme. The film’s preview is now available online. You can also sign up now to attend premiere screenings of the film in 30 U.S. cities coast to coast early next year! This feature-length film chronicles how artistry and activism can build bridges to freedom […]

  • Your Support Brings Joy and Freedom to Slaves Worldwide

    There is a common myth about the nature of anti-slavery work: that it’s terribly depressing. Actually, fighting slavery is the most joyful experience that you can imagine. Nothing compares to the joy I’ve seen on the faces of families freed from generations of debt bondage slavery in Asia, or the smiling faces of children I’ve […]

  • 70 Child Slavery Survivors Receive Government Checks After Long Struggle in India

    For former slaves in India, the government’s provision of Rs.20,000 (approximately $333) makes a crucial difference for protecting themselves and their families from being re-enslaved. With these funds, they can buy some land, or livestock, or start up a small shop. It’s clear in the law that every individual officially released from bonded labor should […]

  • Congress Briefed on a Crime Against Children: Restavek Slavery in Haiti

    Religious and political figures gathered on Capitol Hill last week to raise awareness about one of the world’s most challenging child slavery problems: restavek slavery in Haiti. The Church World Service and The Episcopal Church, in cooperation with Congressman Chris Smith and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized the briefing to highlight the political, economic and ethical […]

  • Jason Mraz: The Power of Music in the Fight Against Slavery

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz headlined a historic concert last year for 70,000 fans to show the power of music at MTV Exit’s unprecedented anti-trafficking concert in Myanmar. You can now see part of Jason’s performance online: The Freedom Song. It has touched the hearts of thousands of people fighting to end slavery. “We’ve got some […]

  • Ginny Baumann, an Architect of Freedom, Departs Free the Slaves Staff

    FTS Associate Programs Director Ginny Baumann has never been one for the limelight. But she has always deserved it. She helped create Free the Slaves back in 2000 – a true co-founder. And over the past 13 years, Ginny has been the principal architect of the Free the Slaves community-oriented model for change. Ginny helped […]

  • New Video Highlights the Passion for Freedom Among Our Front Line Staff

    I’d like to introduce you to five of the most passionate people I know. They are the Free the Slaves country directors – our key front line activists. They supervise our organization’s fieldwork in the world’s worst slavery hotspots. Why do these courageous staffers risk their safety to confront slavery in the remote, impoverished communities […]

  • Changing Attitudes about Slavery in India

    Arriving at the low caste section of Muchkudi village in northern Karnataka, we were ushered into the meeting space in a tiny Hindu temple. About 60 of us were packed closely together, and the infant sitting beside me gently touched my arm, probably to see what this strange pale skin feels like. The large Hindu […]

  • 9-year-old Anti-Slavery Activist Rings Stock Exchange Bell as Twitter Goes Public

    There was a surprise open to trading today at the New York Stock Exchange. Observers had expected the founders and CEO of Twitter to ring the opening bell, which is stock market tradition when a major corporation marks the first day that its stock becomes available to the public. Instead, a young California girl named […]

  • Discovery TV Profiles Ghanaian Girl Slavery Survivor and FTS Frontline Partner

    The Discovery Channel is producing a series of short video segments highlighting barriers to education for girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in the most underserved communities of Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. One of these segments will feature a former child slave in Ghana, Mabel, 15, who now can attend school after being rescued […]

  • From the Front Lines of Slavery: Supporting Sex Slavery Survivors

    Editor’s Note: This is the third of three dispatches we will feature this week written by Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg during his recent trip to India. DATELINE: Punarnawa Ashram, Purnea District, Bihar State, India The girls are so young – 8, 10, 12, 15. Many are small and slight. All are victims […]

  • From the Front Lines of Slavery: The Sound of Freedom

    Editor’s Note: This is the second of three dispatches we will feature this week written by Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg during his recent trip to India. DATELINE: Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh State, India In the space of 24 hours we saw the transition from slavery to freedom. Our journey began with a […]

  • From the Front Lines of Slavery: Ishtiaq’s Rescue

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of three dispatches we will feature this week written by Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg during his recent trip to India. DATELINE: Majgama village, Araria District, Bihar State, India Ishtiaq Hasib was only 10 when the trafficker came. The man befriended the boy, and five of his […]

  • Lisa Kristine Honored as Humanitarian Photographer of the Year

    Congratulations to Lisa Kristine, who was honored last night at Carnegie Hall in New York as the 2013 Humanitarian Photographer of the Year! The awards are presented by the Lucie Foundation, honoring the world’s top photographers in a range of categories, including fashion, fine art, humanitarianism, photojournalism and documentary. “Lisa has gained broad recognition for […]

  • Brazil Activists Create Board Game to Fight Slavery

    Teachers in Brazil say the anti-slavery movement needs an infusion of fun to motivate children to think about trafficking. So, activists have created an imaginative and playful board game. It’s called Escravo, Nem Pensar! (“Slavery, No Way!”). To win, players have to eradicate slavery outbreaks, and the game requires children to cooperate rather than compete. […]

  • The Cookie Raid: Community Organizing Frees Teenage Slaves from Bakery

    It is a familiar story: a child taken, a family frantic for help. But for 24 families in northern India, this time the story has a happy ending. Our inspiring new video shows the boys being rescued, and how spreading information about trafficking and slavery leads to freedom. The families were struggling to free their […]

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