Once confirmed by the Senate, Richmond will run the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The office publishes the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which evaluates and grades the efforts of governments around the globe to eradicate read more >
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The U.S. State Department says many African governments are doing a better job combating modern slavery. More than a dozen African nations received upgrades in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).
The upgrades include Ghana, where Free the Slaves has helped lead a comprehensive program to strengthen communities and government agencies.
“We saw some positive movements across entire regions,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while releasing the report in Washington Thursday. “Of the 48 African read more >
The Free the Slaves Fashion for Freedom Campaign returns this summer to bring awareness to atrocity of modern slavery within the fashion industry. By bringing together brands and speakers that offer alternatives to questionably-made clothing, we will show that there are ethical options for those that wish to become conscientious consumers.
For many people, the word “slavery” conjures up images of a historical atrocity, rather than a modern evil. Few of us, as consumers, associate the word with the products read more >
People who don’t care about intellectual property rights don’t care about human rights either. That’s why Free the Slaves is proud to be affiliated with DH Anticounterfeit, a Swedish software firm that helps companies manage their investigation of counterfeiting cases worldwide. We asked DH Anticounterfeit’s Lella Bräuner about the growing awareness that fakes fuel modern slavery.
Free the Slaves: How big a problem is counterfeiting today?
Lella Bräuner: “It’s humongous. You wouldn’t believe the numbers. Everything around you is being counterfeited, it read more >
One of the most important annual gatherings of anti-slavery leaders is set to get bigger and better this year.
The Freedom From Slavery Forum will double in size and move to the Global South for its fifth annual convening. The event is slated for December 3-5, 2018 in Bangkok.
The forum, for which Free the Slaves serves as the secretariat, is an annual gathering designed to bring leaders from the anti-slavery field together to coalesce, create partnerships, discuss promising read more >
Today brings a close to Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. But at Free the Slaves, it’s not a time to relax. We will not rest for one instant until everyone, everywhere is free from bondage.
The great civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer noted that “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put it this way: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
Our strategy at read more >
Saturday marks the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration – and around the world there will be Women’s Marches in major cities. For Free the Slaves, the anniversary is a moment to take stock of Trump promises and performance.
In February, Trump pledged to end modern slavery by devoting more resources. However, his administration has proposed spending less on key anti-slavery programs. He has not yet nominated an ambassador to run the State Department’s anti-trafficking department. read more >
Every day, the staff of Free the Slaves works in solidarity with local partners and communities to help bring about a more just world. We do so in Haiti, in several countries in Africa, and in Asia.
Every day, our staff manifests tremendous dedication and skill. Every day, our partners do the hard work of serving, with great integrity, communities in need.
Every day, the people in those communities exhibit courage, decency and care. These are read more >
Members of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking ended their two-year term of service this afternoon with a plea to Ivanka Trump’s trafficking adviser to get their successors appointed, and provide stipends so they can serve without struggling financially.
The panel of 11 slavery survivors advises the president and federal agencies on ways to strengthen America’s response to human trafficking. The council was created by Congress in 2015, its members are appointed by the president. The first read more >
Free the Slaves believes in stopping slavery at its source by changing the conditions that allow slavery to exist. You can read about this important strategic focus today in a CNN.com op-ed from FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg. “How to Stop the Slave Trade in Libya and Beyond” is an important column as we observe Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month.
“Perpetrators should be held accountable, victims must be protected or returned home. But shutting down read more >