Mothers play a crucial role in overcoming the brutal grip of slavery. It’s typically the mothers of a village who begin the process of mobilizing their community to break free. And it’s often mothers who organize village watchdog groups to ensure their neighbors stay free once they’ve escaped.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal, as they recover from the devastating earthquake that struck on Saturday.
We are relieved to report that staffers for Free the Slaves and our front-line partner organizations are safe with their families at this time. However, many have lost their houses, and many others have been forced from their homes and into tents because of structural damage and the danger of aftershocks.
Many international relief organizations are mobilizing humanitarian missions to provide read more >
Two remarkable volunteer filmmakers are on the front lines with Free the Slaves this year to document what freedom looks like.
Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington, have decided to donate their skills “for a greater purpose.”
They have included Free the Slaves as one of the global nonprofits whose work they will document in a series of short videos.
We are proud to premiere the first of their videos this week. It’s called Stopping the Traffic.
In this short film, read more >
The first part of our mission statement is crystal clear: liberate slaves. And with your continuing support, Free the Slaves is achieving that goal.
Together, we have just crossed a historic milestone: freeing more than 10,000 people from slavery worldwide since Free the Slaves was formed 15 years ago.
Actually, the exact number is even higher: 10,890 freed as of the end of 2014. The pace of change is picking up, too. Free the Slaves liberated 2,265 people from slavery in 2014 read more >
Google the term “M&E” and you’ll discover it means different things to different people. If you’re a builder, it means mechanical & electrical. If you’re an accountant, it means meals & entertainment. If you’re a filmmaker it means music & effects. And if you’re a philosopher, it means metaphysics and epistemology.
For abolitionists, M&E means monitoring and evaluation – and it’s a vital activity at Free the Slaves. It helps improve anti-slavery programs over time and demonstrate that they’re having an read more >
Before I read John Bowe’s book Nobodies: and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy (2007), I had been kicking around the idea that I would someday write a novel that explored the legacy of slavery and its connections to discrimination and racism in the United States. It often had seemed to me that whenever people got into a deep discussion about race, the language and shorthand of antebellum chattel slavery days was always at hand, as if those read more >
Why climb Africa’s highest peak? Well, first, because it’s there, as climbers say. But most importantly: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can help end slavery.
Three FTS supporters have just launched a fundraising campaign to help support Free the Slaves. Emma Norton, Neeraj Jadhav and Rachale Bergstrom-Carlson have formed “Climbers 4 a Cause” to raise funds and awareness. Their plan is to summit the 19,341-foot peak in Tanzania next February. In Swahili, the peak is called Uhuru, which means “freedom.”
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Judaism is deeply connected to the themes of slavery and freedom. The enslavement of Jews during biblical times—and their exodus—has become a central narrative for Jewish people and others who have found hope in it. That’s why Free the Slaves is proud to host new online educational materials that can bring the issue of modern slavery to homes, schools, synagogues and civic groups. The documents have just gone online on our Faith in Action webpage.
Seder Starters are designed to read more >