Editor’s Note: Free the Slaves is honored this month to highlight the investigative reporting of journalist Ian Urbina of the New York Times, creator of The Outlaw Ocean Project. His award-winning series first appeared in the Times in 2015. For the past four years, he’s been digging deeper about lawlessness at sea and at ports – including widespread human trafficking in the fishing industry. Watch for his dispatches and videos throughout August read more >
Archive for the ‘Slavery in the News’ Category
ATEST Applauds Anti-Trafficking Legislation Becoming Law, But Deeply Concerned by Presidential Statements and Government Shutdown
This statement originally appeared on the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) website. Free the Slaves serves as ATEST co-chair.
WASHINGTON — Four key pieces of legislation that form the architecture of America’s federal response to human trafficking and modern slavery are now law. In the final days of the 115th Congress, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act (H.R.2200) and three related measures (S.1311, S.1312 and read more >
We are deeply concerned by accelerated efforts to deport black Mauritanians living in the United States who run the serious risk of enslavement upon return to their home country. This campaign is particularly focused on Columbus, Ohio, which, according to the Columbus Dispatch, is home to a concentration of about 3,000 Mauritanian immigrants. To date, 79 people have been deported since October 2017 and another 41 are in Immigration and Customs Envorcement detention.
Mauritania is notorious for a read more >
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 >
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 >
February marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, one of history’s great abolitionists. At Free the Slaves, we’re proud to follow his footsteps and finish the work he helped start generations ago.
Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland – the exact date isn’t known. After successfully escaping on his third try, Douglass rose to prominence and influence as an eloquent author, intellectual and human rights leader. He was the first African-American to hold high U.S. government ranks, 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 >
This week’s release of new estimates on the scope of slavery worldwide are both shocking and encouraging. Shocking because the figures are worse than many experts had believed. But encouraging because the report’s release at the United Nations General Assembly has prompted unprecedented commitments by governments and global organizations to work together to end slavery forever.
The statistics reveal that 40 million people are enslaved right now. About 20 million are trapped in labor slavery, read more >
As the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week in New York, an important announcement is coming about modern slavery worldwide.
The International Labor Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the group Walk Free will be releasing the 2017 estimate of modern slavery and child labor around the globe.
The current official estimate of people in slavery from the ILO is 21 million. However, a different study by read more >
President Trump in February promised America would “do more” to fight human trafficking. Last month, presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump pledged to make this fight a “major priority.”
But last week, the Trump administration released a 2018 budget that does not live up to the first family’s commitments. The proposed budget eliminates vital anti-slavery programs. The radical cuts would surrender ground to human traffickers and open America’s read more >