• New FTS Research Explores Child Slavery in Ghana Gold Mining

    Boys as young as 12 are working with dangerous chemicals to extract gold dust from ore. Girls as young as 10 are prostituted in mining camps and are pushed into relationships with older men. These deeply moving stories of children losing their childhoods and freedom to violence, hard labor, prostitution, and sexual abuse are some […]

  • Slavery Survivor Returns to School — As a Teacher

    As the school year begins, it’s important to recognize that teaching is a profession that often requires bravery. But one teacher in India, Daulati Kumari, brings a special kind of bravery to her classroom. Daulati escaped slavery only a few years ago, and now she teaches children in a Free the Slaves program in communities [...]

  • Ending Slavery Book Now Available in Finnish

    There are many words around the world for slaves and slavery. In Finland, the word is orjat. And it’s on the cover of the FTS book Ending Slavery, which is now available in Finnish. In Ending Slavery, FTS Co-founder Kevin Bales outlines what’s needed to eradicate slavery once and for all – with concrete steps [...]

  • New Members Join FTS Board as Long-Time Member Retires

    There is great news to share with you today. I am pleased to announce that three remarkable individuals will be joining Free the Slaves. Two have been elected to our board of directors, Gary Gold-Moritz and Gregory Haile. The third, Mark Allen Trozzi, will assist the board as an advisor. Gary Gold-Moritz has been the Chief [...]

  • FTS Provides Communications Empowerment Training in India

    They had never been in the media spotlight before, and no one was sure what would happen. Four slavery survivors would face journalists to say that it is time to take a stand against bonded labor slavery in northern India. It wasn’t the way news briefings are usually conducted. They are usually the province of [...]

  • FTS to Benefit from Twelve Years a Slave Audio Book

    If you haven’t heard about the story of Solomon Northup, you will hear about it soon. It’s about to become a major motion picture featuring Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Paul Giamatti and Chiwetel Ejiofor. If you’re not the movie-going type, you can experience Northup’s spellbinding story on audio book, performed by actor and humanitarian Louis [...]

  • 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 [...]

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