• FTS Focus on Children Protects Students in Ghana and Congo

    One of the key elements of our front-line strategy is the protection of children. By helping adults recognize and respect that children have rights, we help communities safeguard their youngest from slavery and other abuses. Two recent success stories show how our focus on children is taking root.

    GHANA:  A 9-year-old girl complained to her mother that teachers were hitting her with a cane for the most trivial of transgressions. “Teachers at my school enjoy caning,” she said. “The littlest mistake a read more >

  • A Special Thanks to Helen Armstrong

    A heartfelt thank you today from the staff and board of Free the Slaves to longtime friend, director and volunteer Helen Armstrong. She retired from the board over the weekend after six years of service.

    Helen has been a highly valued member of the FTS team for many years beyond her board service. In his tribute to Helen, Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg noted that she has been “essential to sustaining the moral core of Free the Slaves” because read more >

  • New Video: Activists Protect Fellow Nepalis from Trafficking

    Neelam Sharma and Nirmala Thapa have deeply personal reasons for dedicating their lives to combating slavery in Nepal. They’ve both seen the toll that trafficking inflicts on their country and on people’s lives.

    “I’ve always wanted to work for the rights of the most marginalized of my country” says Neelam, who serves as Free the Slaves’ Nepal country director. She’s seen how poverty and social marginalization make people vulnerable to trafficking.

    Thousands of Nepalis are tricked by traffickers each year while migrating read more >

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