The 8th annual Freedom from Slavery Forum is happening in a unique and exceptional environment. Countries have taken measures to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic, but modern-day slavery including sexual slavery, forced labor and human trafficking has grown worse as proven by several research findings and everyday facts. Civil society organizations are at the front of the fight, but are experiencing increased demand for services while facing a decrease in funding, driving an urgent need for innovation in advocacy and read more >
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The first-ever Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership to end child trafficking is wrapping up its fifth year in Ghana, and officials say it has been a terrific success that other countries should follow.
That assessment comes this week by officials from the Ghanaian government, the U.S. State Department, the International Organization for Migration and Free the Slaves – all partners in the CPC program.
The U.S. began CPCs in 2015 as an innovative technique for government-to-government contracts that read more >
On behalf of Free the Slaves, we stand in solidarity with the growing global outcry against racial violence and for racial justice in the United States.
Free the Slaves is appalled by the ongoing systemic injustices directed at Black people and other people of color in the United States. Though the protests we have seen in recent weeks are powerful responses to the vigilante killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, these are just read more >
It is a great honor for me to become the next chair of the board of directors for Free the Slaves, one of the founding and leading organizations of the global movement against modern slavery.
I am grateful to my dear friend and predecessor, Dan Elkes, whose uncommon generosity and vision have placed us on very strong footing for the future. I look forward to working together with kindred individuals and institutions—within our organization and way beyond it—as Free the Slaves read more >
There was a time when people were unaware that slavery continues on in the world, that the buying and selling of people had stopped with the United States Civil War and legislation by countries around the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Free the Slaves helped start the modern-day anti-slavery movement in the year 2000 by alerting the world to what was happening and initiating actions to stop it. So when I looked for a way to support the read more >
A new chair has been elected to lead the Free the Slaves board of directors. Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D., is an award-winning scholar, educator, activist and public servant. He holds a joint faculty appointment at Harvard University, where he is Core Faculty at the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. McCarthy is an expert on the history of the abolition movement.
“It is a great honor for me to become the next read more >
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I write this letter as I shelter in place amidst the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic. The close tethering to our homes underscores the importance of communities even in today’s hyperconnected world. Likewise, eliminating slavery depends crucially on our ability to mobilize communities. The march to a world without slavery happens one village, one town, one state at a time, each igniting with the light of freedom as it spreads across the globe.
At Free the Slaves, we’re read more >
The year 2020 brings several important anniversaries. It’s the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Palermo Protocol, the landmark treaty to confront modern forms of slavery worldwide. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone for America’s governmental programs to combat human trafficking. And:
2020 marks the 20th birthday of Free the Slaves!
We were born in the early days of the new millennium as a small collective read more >
Human rights activists from around the globe strategized new ways to confront the widespread problem of human trafficking and modern slavery during a special three-day convening at the U.N. Conference Center last week in Addis Ababa. Experts from 46 organizations in 18 countries crafted plans to accelerate civil society action in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.
There are few places on earth where it’s harder to stand up for human rights than Haiti. On this year’s Human Rights Day, we’d like to share an update about our courageous front-line activists there, who continue to fight child slavery even in times of national crisis.
Anti-government protests — some violent — have been growing worse. They’ve limited the provision of medical care, exacerbated food and fuel shortages, and reduced access to drinking water. More than two million children read more >