• “Entertainment” Venues Investigated to Uncover Hidden Slavery

    Nepali officials have begun their first-ever systematic investigation of sex slavery inside Kathmandu restaurants and dance bars. It’s raising hope that safety and freedom can be established for women who are secretly exploited and sexually harassed by owners and clients. About 50,000 women and girls work in restaurants, dance bars and massage parlors in Nepal’s [...]

  • Slavery in This Week’s News

    We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye: 1. The New York Times. “A Shift on Violence Against Women.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/opinion/a-shift-on-violence-against-women.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0 [...]

  • Congressional Success! Anti-Trafficking Act Passes House

    There is terrific news to report today. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA or S.47), which includes the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA or Title XII of S.47). The House vote was 286 in favor to 138 opposed, showing strong bipartisan support for keeping the federal government’s [...]

  • ACTION ALERT UPDATE: Critical Vote Thursday on Anti-Trafficking Act

    Momentum is building to win House approval for reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Our Capitol Hill advocates expect that today will be critical. They need your help. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) has been combined with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The combined law has already been passed by the [...]

  • ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Congressional Rep NOW

    We need your immediate help to bring a major, three-year anti-trafficking action to a successful close – today! Please call, text, tweet, Facebook or e-mail your representative in the U.S. House. Ask them to vote NO on any proposed floor amendments to bill S.47 — the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)– that don’t include the [...]

  • FTS Freedom Award Winner Tina Frundt in the Media Spotlight

    Tina Frundt has always believed in the power of creative thinking — it helped her survive sex trafficking and become a grassroots anti-slavery leader. Her creativity has recently caught the media spotlight, allowing Tina an opportunity to show a global audience that freedom and recovery are possible for slavery survivors. You may remember Tina as [...]

  • Slavery in this Week’s News

    We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye: 1. CNN Freedom Project. “Cotton exporters using child labor.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/cotton-exporters-using-child-labor/ 2. The [...]

  • Ireland’s leader apologizes for slavery at convents, offers compensation

    There’s major news this week from Europe involving government compensation for slavery survivors. Ireland has formally apologized for decades of slave labor inside laundries run by Catholic nuns. The notorious facilities, known as the “Magdalene Laundries,” have been described by ABC News as “virtual slave labor camps.” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny issued an apology [...]

  • Innovative School Quiz Teaches Ghana Students What’s What with Slavery

    Could you answer this question: Which country was the first to ratify the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child, a treaty establishing civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children? Many middle school kids in Ghana know the answer. That’s because it’s one of the questions in a school quiz competition [...]

  • Slavery in this Week’s News

    We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye: 1. The Indian Tribune. “Over 60 million child laborers in India!” http://www.indiatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=2884:over-60-million-child-laborers-in-india&Itemid=400 [...]

  • Senate Success! Team Effort Wins Approval for TVPA

    The U.S. Senate has reauthorized the cornerstone legislation that guides the federal government’s efforts to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) proposed that the TVPA be attached as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act yesterday morning. [...]

  • Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday + Help End Slavery

    Abe would've turned 204 today but unfortunately there are more slaves now than ever. Here's how you can help end it.

  • Auction of Lincoln Chair and Documents to Benefit FTS

    These days, we’re used to the image of Abraham Lincoln sitting in a marble chair – at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. But another Lincoln chair is about to capture the public’s attention. It’s the bentwood Hickory chair that Lincoln was sitting in when he learned that he was nominated to run for president. It’s [...]

  • ACTION ALERT: Contact U.S. Senate Now — they vote Monday on TVPA

    With one big push – NOW — the anti-slavery movement can get the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) through the U.S. Senate. A vote is scheduled for Monday to attach the TVPA as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act. Please call, e-mail, Tweet or Facebook your two U.S. Senators before Monday’s vote. You [...]

  • Slavery in this Week’s News

    We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye: 1. Ghana Business News. “Ghana agric workers campaign against child labour in [...]

  • Brazilian state will close businesses caught using slave labor

    The Brazilian state of São Paulo is taking a dramatic new step. The state’s governor has just signed a law to shut down companies caught using slave labor. Violators would be banned from opening a new business for 10 years. The man behind this groundbreaking law is human rights activist, Carlos Bezerra Jr., a São [...]

  • You are the Key. Open the Lock. Help Set Someone Free.

    Here’s a stylish way to state your commitment to ending trafficking and slavery. We have just partnered with a new sustainable fashion company called Hearts, to create the Free the Slaves Key 2-in-1 necklace/bracelet. Inspired by the Free the Slaves padlock logo, jewelers designed a pewter key with the letters FTS, which can be worn [...]

  • Send a Valentine’s Day e-card and help end slavery

    What will you give your Valentine this year? Chocolate? Got it last year. Flowers? They’ll last a week. This year, get your Valentine something original, something that lasts, something that changes the world. Give FREEDOM. Click on this link to make a donation to Free the Slaves and send an e-Valentine to the love in [...]

  • Smith goes to Washington to spotlight Haitian slavery

    Smith Maxime is usually high in Haiti’s rural hills, where many poor families choose to send a child away to the city to work as a domestic servant. His job as FTS Haiti Director is to help stop the flow of children. But yesterday, Smith was on Capitol Hill in Washington for a congressional briefing. [...]

  • How can we tell those in slavery that the U.S. Congress won’t help?

    Editor’s Note: An op-ed by Free the Slaves Director of Programs Karen Stauss was published over the weekend by the Huffington Post, in a special section they called “Slavery Sunday.” Here is her commentary and photos from a recent visit to our frontline projects in India. The brick kilns of Uttar Pradesh, India are more [...]

  • End It Campaign Launches Today!

    Slavery is one of the greatest injustices of our time. We all know it. But what can you do? You can join a new campaign called End It, which has partnered with Free the Slaves and several other groups. End It is a two-month project that reminds young adults –and everyone else — that getting [...]

  • Maurice Middleberg selected as New Free the Slaves Executive Director

    As National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month draws to a close, we’re excited to share some important organizational news. We have selected a new Executive Director for Free the Slaves. His name is Maurice Middleberg. Maurice brings remarkable skills and experience to guide Free the Slaves. He has worked in the field of international [...]

  • The Power of Survivor Voices on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    On a cold and rainy Friday, legislators, community organizations, government officials, social service agencies, and concerned citizens convened on the front steps of the State House in Trenton, N.J., on January 11th , National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Armed with hats, scarves and umbrellas, gatherers huddled together in a display of public solidarity to draw [...]

  • New Report Helps Companies Discover and Eliminate Slavery in Products

    It’s one of the most important fronts in the battle against slavery: getting companies to investigate their product supply chains to ensure they aren’t using slavery-tainted materials. Today brings a new tool that can help. The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) has released a path breaking report, called “Beyond SB 657: How Businesses [...]

  • mtvU Tells “The Backstory” of Modern Slavery

    There are reasons young people end up in slavery today. We’re all vulnerable to harm, one way or another, at one point or another. Traffickers spot these weaknesses, and pounce when they see an opening. The campus video channel mtvU has just launched an amazing social media campaign that visualizes how young people can end [...]

Subscribe to this Feed >