As I ride the elevator to the seventh floor of the old Pfizer industrial building in Brooklyn, I have no idea what to expect. On their website, the Pratt Institute Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) is described as “a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful, triple bottom line businesses.” As a newbie to the fashion industry and someone trying to read more >
“The industry is ready, and I’m ready,” says Rebecca Ballard when asked ‘why now’ about her brand, Maven Women. The brand, which was fashioned into existence in 2016, aims to provide the working woman with a professional wardrobe that puts ethics and sustainability at the forefront.
Rebecca created Maven Women to fill a need that she felt was being overlooked by the rest of the fashion industry – an aesthetic suitable for a professional setting but that still embraced her 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 >
As I visit our grassroots anti-trafficking programs around the world this year, I want to share my field notes with you directly from the front lines. With each new visit, my optimism grows. The courageous activists that you support are spreading freedom in places where many had lost hope.
This week I’m in Haiti, where a complex combination of poverty, lack of schools, gender bias and attitudes about child rights leads parents to send children far from home to live with other families in exchange for household work. Often, read more >
Advertising can be a powerful force – for good or bad. A recent FTS rescue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo proves the point.
Three teen girls from the village of Nobili thought they were being hired to be waitresses. Instead, they were quickly forced into prostitution. The restaurant owner advertised that the girls were on the menu. As a result, the restaurant was always crowded with men.
Fortunately, Free the Slaves was advertising, too. The girls heard community service read more >
A new research report has uncovered cases of child trafficking and exploitation in six districts of Ghana. Field teams documented more than 500 instances of child trafficking in 20 communities surveyed in 2016, and 107 households with cases of child trafficking in 14 additional communities studied in 2017.
Free the Slaves and our partner 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 >
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 >
Are human trafficking victims hidden inside your closet? Could be. It’s not your fault, it’s hard to know if your wardrobe is tainted by sweatshop slave labor. But now it’s easy to stop financing the enslavement of women and children in the fashion industry.
Free the Slaves has partnered today with DoneGood, a social impact tech startup incubated at the Harvard Innovation Lab, to create the Fashion for Freedom online store. The new platform empowers shoppers to 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 >