Read our 2011 report on the extent of slavery in eastern Congo mines. Download it in English. Download it in French.
This manual provides practical suggestions for all aspects of helping former slaves to recover. It is written as a simple tool for frontline anti-slavery workers who want to start new programs for freed slaves, improve their existing work, or show funders the types of assistance that are needed. The manual was written for Free the Slaves by Helen Armstrong, drawing on the experience of rehabilitation programs around the world. Download the original English version. Download a scanned copy of the French version.
A revolutionary proposal by Free the Slaves' co-founder Kevin Bales: we can end slavery in our lifetime. "Read Kevin Bales' practical and inspiring book and you will discover how our world can be free at last." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
This award-winning book by Dr. Kevin Bales lifts the lid on slavery’s role in our lives.
Free the Slaves’ co-founder Kevin Bales explores broader themes about slavery’s causes, its continuation, and how it might be ended.
Published in fall of 2005, this report investigates the current problem of–and possible solutions to–child trafficking in northern India.
Co-authored by Free the Slaves and UC Berkeley, Hidden Slaves investigates modern slavery presently occurring in the United States.
This was the first in-depth study of a range of human trafficking cases in the United States. It discovered new ways to understand the trafficking process, and helped the government to understand what it could do to better enforce anti-trafficking law.
Explores the best practices in the rehabilitation of children who have been enslaved.
This study by Dr. Kevin Bales includes an academic exploration of the realities of modern slavery as well as a quantitative analysis of the push factors correlated to the rise or fall of the practice of modern slavery within various countries.
Is there slavery in your own backyard? Explore this interactive map to find out.
This article by Free the Slaves’ Outreach Coordinator, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, MA describes the opportunity for the modern church to once again speak out against the injustice of slavery. Originally published in the magazine Prism, the article poses a distinct challenge for people of faith seeking to bring systemic change.
If we are going to make real progress against global slavery, we need to design programs and policies that will be powerful and lead to permanent freedom. To design such programs we must first have a way to evaluate the programs and policies that are currently in place. Then we must learn and improve as we go, always aiming for three basic goals: freedom for slaves; rehabilitation of slaves leading to full citizenship with dignity; and the replication and extension of our projects and policies until all slaves are free. Also published as appendix to Kevin Bales' Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves. By: Ginny Baumann and Marc Levin
From country to country, continent to continent, the first-hand testimonies of women who are emerging from slavery tell how the daily exploitation of their labor is consistently compounded by rape and sexual violence. The reports of survivors show that the lack of sexual autonomy and reproductive rights – and the sheer horror of absolute vulnerability - is almost always an intrinsic part of women’s experience of slavery. By: Ginny Baumann
For any case of trafficking there is a unique set of causes and effects. The broad variation of trafficking in persons across regions and cultures means that there can be no uniform answer to the question “what causes trafficking?” That said, there are number of commonalities in trafficking. Root causes of trafficking in persons include the greed of criminals, economic pressures, political instability and transition, and social and cultural factors. Many traffickers are involved in other transnational crimes. Criminal groups choose to traffic in persons, in part, because it is high-profit and often low risk, because unlike other “commodities” people can be used repeatedly, and because trafficking in persons does not require a large capital investment. By: Kevin Bales
It does not take much imagination to figure out what is wrong with slavery. But to bring about an end to this appalling practice, reactions of horror and revulsion are not enough. We need to carry out sustainable liberation and prevent future vulnerability to slavery. We also need to use this practical work to push for changes in international policies and to get more people involved. Free the Slaves does this by forming long-term partnerships with social movements that are rooted in the contexts where slavery exists. By: Ginny Baumann
Definitions of modern slavery fall into a number of categories. There are legal definitions, those given in international treaties and conventions, and those that exist in the public mind. As with so many important and universal concepts, the word “slave” tends to have subtly different meanings in different languages. How can we arrive at a definition that encompasses all forms of slavery?
By: Kevin Bales
There has been an historic breakthrough in the way the anti-slavery movement meets the challenge of slavery in the products we buy – it is called the Cocoa Protocol.
Freedom is a bargain. Download real word examples of what our work on the ground costs.
This booklet explains slavery and trafficking, in the US and around the world. There are stories of survivors and of their rescuers, an overview of actions the government is taking to end the exploitation and a detailed list of practical steps you can take to fight this human rights violation.
Words commonly used in reference to slavery, both historical and modern-day.
We are often asked about specific aspects of our work. Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
A small graphic poster that says a lot.
Top 10 datos sobre la esclavitud moderna.
Everyone has a role to play in ending slavery. This small graphic poster suggests big acts and small. All important.
The 'S' word is unpopular. It seems no one wants to be associated with the word, especially slave owners, businesses using slaves or governments that are not dong enough to get rid of slavery.
Use this education pack in the classroom or in your community to teach others about modern slavery and get them involved in the fight to end slavery.
Study guide and discussion notes to accompany Peggy Callahan's documentary film, Silent Revolution.
Study guide and discussion notes to accompany Peggy Callahan's documentary film, Dreams Die Hard.