The second wave of the deadly coronavirus is wreaking havoc in rural areas of India. The rural population is facing severe economic distress due to lockdowns and the pandemic. Free the Slaves and our partners in India are organizing several drives in affected rural parts of the country to ensure that people have adequate food to endure this crisis.
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Each year hundreds of thousands of workers from Uttar Pradesh, India, travel to jobs in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia, as well as to other countries in the Gulf region such as Jordan. These workers travel far from home for a foreign job in hopes of earning a greater income and working toward a better life for their families.
Of all the states in India, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is among those that send the greatest number of read more >
The Free the Slaves Community Liberation Toolkit is a key capacity-building tool to catalyse a civil society movement against slavery. Designed to train frontline field staff in anti-slavery strategies and integrate anti-slavery activities into the work of high-impact international development organizations, the toolkit distils the knowledge, skills and norms needed to implement the Free the Slaves community-based approach to change the conditions that allow modern slavery to exist.
Our interactive and intensive multi-day trainings are usually conducted in-person, but COVID-19 has required read more >
I have hope as we approach the year-end holidays, and I hope that you do, too. With the many challenges we face in promoting equality and universal freedom in the world today, what brings me hope is the optimism I hear from slavery survivors and their families around the world.
“My life was a total mess,” says Emmanuel, who was enslaved on fishing boats in Ghana until Free the Slaves intervened. When Emmanuel was rescued, he received medical care and psychological counseling at Village read more >
What happens when the promise of a better tomorrow suddenly becomes a nightmare?
The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history. For more than four centuries, Africans were kidnapped, sold to slave traders, and forced onto slave ships during the legal slave trade to support the economies of Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
In current times, slave traders pose as legitimate job recruiters. They trick migrants to leave home in search of better lives, only to trap read more >
Are you aware of the caste system in India? If you’re unfamiliar, it is a social structure that divides different groups into ranked categories. A person’s caste determines their social status, their livelihood, who they can marry and where they can live.
In the traditional Hindu caste system, Dalits, formerly called the untouchables, are considered the lowest of low castes. The system puts individuals from this class in marginal positions — in other words, they are at greater risk of modern read more >
The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted anti-trafficking work around the world. But the Free the Saves India team has continued to press ahead with vital online advocacy training that builds bridges between communities and government officials.
FTS work in India has been focused on the creation and training of District Bonded Labor Vigilance Committees. Their job is to ensure that India’s ban on bonded labor slavery is enforced at the grassroots level.
Recently, our India partner organization read more >
The liberation of workers from slavery is a critical part of building a world free from persecution and injustice. In India’s notorious “brick belt,” caste discrimination is a major reason the country is a global slavery hot spot. Free the Slaves is dedicated to ending the economic, social and political conditions that allow modern slavery to exist.
This inspiring story of liberation, which happened a few months ago just before the COVID-19 lockdown, underscores how important it is to reaffirm our read more >
Your generosity has changed lives around the world. The programs you support at Free the Slaves help people learn new skills and start microenterprises that build financial resiliency. Your contributions mean that slavery survivors are less likely to be re-enslaved, and vulnerable communities become slavery-proof.
However, on the front lines of modern slavery today, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress. The disadvantaged are being hit especially hard. Many are not receiving government assistance. And a return to “normal” will mean the resumption read more >
I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during these difficult times. I am reaching out to you today to share about how the Covid-19 global pandemic is affecting communities where slavery makes people especially vulnerable to disasters and financial shocks, and how Free the Slaves teams are adapting.
Now, more than ever, we must confront the forces of discrimination and disenfranchisement that are worsening under the societal stress caused by the worldwide medical and economic emergency. Crises cause spikes in debt bondage, forced labor read more >