We write to advise you of a leadership transition at Free the Slaves.
Maurice Middleberg, Executive Director of Free the Slaves, has advised the Board of his intention to step down from his role, which he has held since 2013. After due consideration, we have accepted his decision with whole-hearted appreciation for the enormous contributions Maurice has made to Free the Slaves and to the anti-trafficking movement. We appreciate Maurice’s passion and personal commitment to end modern slavery, and acknowledge with gratitude his willingness to continue to support the organization through this leadership transition. We wish Maurice well.
The Board will soon launch a nationwide search for an Executive Director. Details of that search will be forthcoming, and we hope that you – our closest collaborators – will help us identify promising candidates for this leadership role.
During the search process, Board member, Alison Friedman, will serve as interim director. A former Executive Director of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking and Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking, Alison brings deep experience in the field, managing NGOs, and working with governments and partners around the world. Alison can be reached at Alison.Friedman@freetheslaves.net and by phone at +1 (202) 775 7480.
In closing, we wish to convey our deep appreciation to you – our donors, partners and movement allies – for your long-standing efforts to end injustice in the world, and for your valued, long-standing collaboration with Free the Slaves. We welcome your thoughts, suggestions and support as we undertake this important recruitment for the organization.
With best regards,
The Board of Directors of Free the Slaves