Talk shows and websites are buzzing with ideas to help you prepare for tax changes passed by the Congress and signed by the president for 2018. One suggestion is universal, summed-up in The Wall Street Journal: “The most important tax-planning tip between now and the end of the year is to check your charitable contributions.”
Archive for 2017
Free the Slaves donors all have one thing in common: a burning desire to make slavery a thing of the past.
That’s why we sent award-winning documentary filmmakers this year to spotlight four Free the Slaves donors to learn how they discovered that slavery still exits and to showcase what they are doing to end it.
Our “Why I Free Slaves” 2017 film series compilation pulls together excerpts from these four remarkable stories – a historian, photographer, musician and researcher. We asked a read more >
For the first six years of his life, David enjoyed a happy and supportive upbringing in a village in Ghana. But then, his father fell ill and died – and David’s life was upended. Unable to support seven children, David’s mother sent him to labor on dangerous fishing boats on Lake Volta.
“I did not agree to go, but I had no choice than to go with the man,” David recalls. Life on the lake was brutal. “Sometimes they beat me with read more >
Dear Friends of Free the Slaves,
We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to making the work of Free the Slaves possible. Your donations are spreading freedom to thousands of people around the globe.
All of us on the board contribute, just like you do. But we have pooled together a special $14,100 to match your individual donations during the remaining two weeks of 2017.
People become enslaved for a reason. And if we don’t change those circumstances, a trafficking survivor is at extreme risk of being enslaved again. That’s why our India team provided Chhatanki with a way to support himself after liberation from a local brick kiln.
Five years ago, Chhatanki was lured by a trafficker who offered him a payment of about $75 if he agreed to work at a nearby brick factory. Sounded great, at first. But day by day, his situation read more >
“My story is hard to tell,” says Benita Furaha, a trainer at a dressmaking training center in Rubaya, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Benita’s parents died when she was 13. Her older brother threatened to starve her or to send her out of the house if she couldn’t contribute to household expenses. One option was to find a husband. Instead, she went to work in the mines.
“Every morning, I transported and sold sorghum juice to the quarry workers,” Benita recounts. “I read more >
In his music, friendships and faith, Derek Mount thinks often about connections and impact. He imagines his music carries with it a “little trail of peace.” He sees the freedom in his life, the chance do what he loves. Then he looks outside himself, at the 40 million men, women and children enslaved around the world.
“It’s a very sad state when we realize those are our brothers and sisters,” Mount says. “I think we all deep down know that justice read more >
Over a 30-year career, Lisa Kristine has documented native cultures and causes in more than 100 countries. She is an internationally acclaimed humanitarian photographer. Today she is a global voice of anti-slavery activism. Yet it wasn’t always so.
Seeing Slavery at Last
In 2009 Kristine was the sole exhibiter at the World Peace Summit. Surrounded by the most influential humanitarians on the planet, she met a supporter of Free the Slaves. When she found out slavery still exists, she read more >
He traveled 500 miles to see slavery for himself, unaware that he would find a member of his own family trapped in a street begging gang in Senegal.
Without hesitation, he rescued the boy, 12 and brought him home.
Mamady Diamanka serves as president of his village’s community child protection committee (CAPE).
These groups, established by Free the Slaves and our Senegalese partner organization ENDA Jeunesse Action, alert parents in rural areas to the risks of sending their children away to religious boarding read more >
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick asks big questions. Who are we? What do we want to make of life? Who counts as human? And in the historical reckoning of slavery—how do we want to be judged?
In his staunch support of Free the Slaves, Choi-Fitzpatrick thinks deeply about that. “We need to widen our lens,” he says. Slavery is a critical contemporary issue affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. It’s also the product of a particular society and set of circumstances.
Choi-Fitzpatrick has dedicated read more >