A little-noticed executive order last week from President Donald Trump has directed federal officials to ramp-up efforts to target transnational criminal organizations, including human trafficking rings. The order, issued February 9, says criminals are “threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens,” and international trafficking “risks creating a humanitarian crisis.”
Our work to end slavery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is under threat. Our Congolese partner organizations say an executive order being drafted by the Trump White House would undo years of progress.
The executive order would suspend the Conflict Minerals Rule, which requires major U.S. companies to disclose if they purchase minerals that finance one of history’s deadliest wars. Free the Slaves research teams have documented that slavery is widespread at Congo read more >
Trafficking Prevention Month ends today, but we would like to ask Free the Slaves supporters to remain vigilant throughout the year. With fast-moving changes at the White House and Capitol, this is a critical time for letting government officials know that fighting slavery is important to the American public. Everyone has a role to play, including you.
This month, Free the Slaves has recommended important steps the Trump Administration can take to maintain America’s global leadership on combating slavery. The read more >
Fighting slavery isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. That simple truth underpins the anti-slavery movement’s recommendations to the Trump administration, which were made public this week.
Simply put: slavery anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere; slave labor overseas undercuts American jobs and the U.S. economy.
“Trafficking in Persons (TIP) represents a grave affront to the U.S.’ security, economy, and national values, degrading and reducing human beings to commodities that can be exploited for commercial read more >
I believe today holds the promise of being a transformational moment in the history of the modern anti-slavery movement. This moment occurred in a large, nondescript room in an annex to the U.S. State Department located on G Street in Washington, far removed from the majesty of the main State building. I had the privilege this morning of attending the launch of a new U.S. anti-slavery grant program popularly known as the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI). EMSI read more >
As thousands march today in Washington, Free the Slaves stands arm-in-arm with activists in the social justice movement who are calling for America’s elected officials to maintain U.S. leadership in safeguarding human rights. Free the Slaves belongs to many policy and programmatic coalitions that address the many forms of inequality and marginalization that allow slavery to exist in modern times.
Slavery is not caused by poverty alone. It’s caused by social, economic and political forces that leave people vulnerable to predatory read more >
At the edges of the dark, shifting and murky pools of modern slavery are growing glimmers of liberation – and there is no more powerful source of freedom’s light than American tenacity.
A profound moral test for the incoming administration will be sustaining U.S. leadership in the struggle against human trafficking. Human trafficking is slavery. Those in slavery are ruthlessly exploited.
I have seen with this my own eyes: girls and women victimized by sex trafficking; little boys on fishing boats; women read more >
One of the most important things to remember about slavery is that it never really ended. It has been outlawed worldwide, but never eradicated. There are tens of millions of people trapped in modern forms of slavery around the globe today.
That’s why Free the Slaves has created a new two-part film series for January, which President Obama has proclaimed to be Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The “Slavery is Alive” films let you hear about read more >
The turning of a new year is always a pivotal moment; the past is behind us and our eyes focus on the future. That’s especially true with the passing of the 2016 elections and the potential in 2017 for strengthening policies that will benefit those affected by human trafficking and modern slavery.
We receive dispatches throughout the year from our front-line partner groups around the globe. This report, from June, is one of the year’s most uplifting success stories. Nearly a dozen boys were freed, the trajectory of their lives put back on track.
Their story is tragically common. The boys are from impoverished communities in the Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal. Relatives, working secretly as trafficking recruiters, promised the boys’ parents that their children would have better lives if read more >