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 ‘Thought Leadership’ Category
Good news today from the U.S. State Department. Both Haiti and Senegal have been removed from the Tier Two Watch List in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an indication that the governments of both countries are increasing their efforts to combat human trafficking.
Each year the U.S. rates the anti-trafficking effectiveness of all countries, placing nations on either Tier 1 (meets minimum anti-trafficking standards), Tier 2 (doesn’t meet standards but trying) Tier 3 (doesn’t meet read more >
My journey to becoming a human rights activist began while I was a high school. During holiday breaks, my classmates and I organized “Framing Camps” to benefit children in our neighborhood. Later, I had an opportunity to attend a child rights workshop and research conditions in my community. I became aware how widespread child rights violations were. I developed a fierce desire to do everything possible to protect children.
That’s what I do now as the Country Coordinator for the read more >
Last week’s Free the Slaves seminar in Senegal on child begging slavery was a remarkable success. Representatives from the Senegal government, international organizations and local civil society groups gathered to learn how our Aar Sunu Xaleyi (Protect Our Children) project has raised awareness about child trafficking and led to the rescue of many children.
In Senegal, many families from poor and rural areas send their children away to religious boarding schools (daaras), hoping they will be better cared for. The children read more >
Editor’s Note: This dispatch from the field originally appeared on the University of British Columbia’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program website in December. Free the Slaves thanks the university team’s remarkable effort to help us improve the measurement of our programmatic impact.
GHANA — One of 2018’s Global Policy Projects took to the field in December. MPPGA students Adedoyin Luwaji, Ali Bajwa, John Ede, Simin Yook, and Ros Seibert have been working closely with their client, Free read more >
Field testing is underway for our latest training initiative. A Free the Slaves team this month debuted our new handbook on the liberation, rehabilitation and reintegration of people who’ve been trapped in modern slavery.
The first five-day beta test workshop was conducted in Ghana. More than 20 front-line field workers from International Justice Mission (IJM), Afrikids, the Don Bosco Child Protection Center, International Needs Ghana (INGH), read more >
Free the Slaves has begun the work of educating field workers at high-impact international development organizations how to liberate entire communities from slavery.
This year, we have partnered with READ Nepal, a group that helps villagers improve their livelihoods, literacy, health and technology. More than 1,550 women and girls and 1,050 men and boys have been educated about their rights and risks through street theater, classroom presentations and youth group mobilizations. Front-line activists have discovered 29 trafficking cases, including 18 children, and a border checkpoint has been read more >
Transparency and accountability. They are two guiding principles of Free the Slaves, and the reason why we publish a detailed report every year about our activities, impact and financial health.
The theme of our most recent annual report is “Communities, Counterparts and Coalitions.”
“The heart and soul of Free the Slaves remains our support to communities struggling for freedom,” says
FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg. “With a tested model in hand, we are forging partnerships with a new generation of counterparts who can read more >
I am in Ghana this week with news to share that just can’t wait, so I’m writing directly from the field. The work you support has transformed villages where child trafficking used to be common. I’ve just seen it firsthand.
It takes time to reach Dzilakope, a remote community along Lake Volta. Our field team boarded a leaky boat Monday for a very long ride. The enormous lake looked beautiful, calm and rimmed by green hills. Long wooden boats with read more >