• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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