Freedom from Slavery Forum
Free the Slaves serves as the secretariat for the annual Freedom from Slavery Forum. This gathering of anti-slavery leaders from around the world is designed to create a collegial space where leaders can coalesce, create partnerships, discuss promising practices, and develop a shared agenda for action. In the most recent forum in December 2019, leaders from 45 organizations in 20 countries participated in the forum. Participants built relationships and prioritized actions in areas such as advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and collaboration with other sectors.
2014 forum executive summary
Free the Slaves generates global awareness of modern-day slavery—and ways to end it—through presentations at the prestigious series of conferences known as TED Talks. Free the Slaves co-founder Kevin Bales’ TED Talk is called How to Combat Modern Slavery. Acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine’s TED Talk, based on her work with Free the Slaves, is called Photos that Bear Witness to Modern Slavery. These two TED videos have been viewed by more than that 3.9 million people.
Free the Slaves experts are often asked to address academic gatherings about the nature of modern slavery and our groundbreaking strategy for creating slavery-free communities. By sharing our model for change with peers and professors, and inviting scrutiny of our techniques and results, we strengthen the intellectual foundation for our front-line activities and the credibility of our results. By educating students, we inspire and nuture the next generation of anti-slavery activists. Follow the FTS Blog for coverage of our presentations at university events. Click directly for FTS blog stories about lectures at: Harvard University, Stanford University, Broward College, University of Denver, Quinnipiac University, University of Toledo, Oberlin College.