On this special Tuesday, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact. We hope you will share some love this holiday season with individuals and families going through tough times, including those trapped in modern forms of slavery around the globe. At Free the Slaves, our goal is to create a powerful movement that brings the injustice of modern slavery to an end. Can you make freedom for all your goal, too?
The Freedom from Slavery Forum 2020 Advisory Committee would like to express thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual convening, “Opportunities in an Age of Adaptation.” This year’s gathering in late October was a remarkable success. Across four days of digital meetings on research, advocacy, survivors and resources, 285 individuals from 33 countries joined the conversation to help strengthen the anti-slavery movement.
Written Report: An in-depth written report of the proceedings is now available online, with summaries read more >
The things we buy are decisions we make about the world we want. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday gift-giving season beginning soon, it’s important to reflect on how everyday purchases can unknowingly fuel modern slavery and the racial inequality it creates.
Clothing, jewelry, electronics and food are products commonly tainted by forced labor. Sometimes it is sweatshop slavery in manufacturing factories or processing facilities. Often raw materials are the problem — from cocoa and cotton to gold and read more >
What happens when the promise of a better tomorrow suddenly becomes a nightmare?
The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history. For more than four centuries, Africans were kidnapped, sold to slave traders, and forced onto slave ships during the legal slave trade to support the economies of Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
In current times, slave traders pose as legitimate job recruiters. They trick migrants to leave home in search of better lives, only to trap read more >
A new free downloadable resource from our partners at the University of Nottingham, including FTS Co-founder Kevin Bales:
Today we are engaged in a global antislavery movement. But there have been at least four large antislavery movements in human history. We are part of a long tradition of brilliant antislavery activists. By studying the history of the antislavery movement and the actions of our antislavery ancestors, we can find valuable, practical lessons.
One of the key outputs of read more >
Did you know that Mauritania was the last country in the world to ban slavery? Slavery dates back hundred of years in Mauritania, from a period when Arab Berbers raided and enslaved black Africans settled along the Senegal River, dominating and eventually submitting them into their own social system.
Though Mauritania outlawed slavery in 1981, it allowed the continuation of hereditary slavery until 2007, when Parliament enacted a formal law. Mauritanian officials have often only paid lip service to enforcing the ban: read more >
ATEST Calls for Catalytic Investment to Fight Human Trafficking in Recommendations to Biden Transition Team
The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) stressed the need for a whole-of-government approach to combat human trafficking inside the U.S. and around the world in comprehensive recommendations to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. ATEST’s 60-page memorandum was published today and is being sent to the Biden transition team.
“A Presidential Agenda for Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” includes specific action steps for the White House, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human read more >
For more than 150 years Haiti and the Dominican Republic have shared the island of Hispaniola. Their relationship, however, has not been pleasant. Sadly, this antagonism has led to the creation of racially biased policies against Haitians in the Dominican territory.
Haitian migrants and their descendants born in the Dominican Republic, undocumented or not, have been historically and systemically racially discriminated against based on ethnic group, race and nationality, and because of their economic, social and cultural situation.
Due to read more >
The second National Symposium on Human Trafficking , organized by Free the Slaves, successfully created an avenue for dialogue among stakeholders from media, civil society, government agencies, and community members on the nature and scope of child trafficking. It came as the Child Protection compact between the governments of Ghana and the United States came to a close. It was a valuable opportunity to reflect on the advances to date and challenges ahead.
Participation was limited due read more >
Are you aware of the caste system in India? If you’re unfamiliar, it is a social structure that divides different groups into ranked categories. A person’s caste determines their social status, their livelihood, who they can marry and where they can live.
In the traditional Hindu caste system, Dalits, formerly called the untouchables, are considered the lowest of low castes. The system puts individuals from this class in marginal positions — in other words, they are at greater risk of modern read more >