One of the major challenges in the fight against modern slavery is proving that a particular strategy successfully and sustainably liberates people from bondage, and that there’s an improvement in socioeconomic conditions in places where slavery has been overcome. A recent investigation by Harvard University has determined that the Free the Slaves community-based model is a success on both counts.
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America’s ambassador to the United Nations says nongovernmental organizations are under threat throughout the world, and it needs to stop.
Ambassador Samantha Power’s remarks came during a reception in India last month, where she met with government officials and attended the 2015 Women in the World Summit.
“My boss,” Power noted, “began his own career as a community organizer in Chicago. And in that capacity, a young Barack Obama worked to help marginalized citizens press their local government for changes that would read more >
Free the Slaves is thrilled to welcome Rajneesh Kumar Yadav to the staff as our new India country manager, based in Allahabad.
Rajneesh is no stranger, he’s run anti-trafficking teams for years as a key staffer at our partner organization MSEMVS.
Many of the remarkable rescues you’ve read about on the FTS Blog or our Facebook page have been organized by Rajneesh.
We asked Rajneesh what motivates him, and why he’s chosen to join Free the Slaves:
I am personally motivated by read more >
Before they were rescued from slavery, residents of Sakdouri lived in terror.
“Someone promised us jobs at a brick kiln,” says Durga. But they were never paid. “When we asked the owner, he beat us” Durga says.
“The brick kiln owner and his supervisor threatened to throw me in the kiln furnace,” says Shagir.
The “brick belt” of India is notorious for enslaving impoverished and marginalized residents at sweltering furnaces that create building supplies for India’s burgeoning economy. Most slaves have borrowed money read more >
Free the Slaves South Asia Director Supriya Awasthi has great news to share with FTS supporters for International Women’s Day on Sunday. The photo she sent recently says it all. The women of Hirapur are free!
That’s Supriya in front on the right. She and our front-line partner group in India have been working in Hirapur for more than two years. And it’s paid off.
“The women in this selfie met us in the open and were excited and happy to share read more >
New research from the group Walk Free and FTS Co-founder Kevin Bales estimates there are more people in slavery today than previously thought. The 2014 edition of the Walk Free Global Slavery Index reports that 35.8 million people are enslaved, a 23 percent increase from the team’s 2013 assessment. The team attributes the sharp increase to improved research methodology, not an increase in the number of slaves.
The report, which provides a country-by-country estimate of slavery in read more >
It started with a simple loan to pay for a wedding. It turned into brutal enslavement for an entire family. It wound up as a triumphant victory over bondage, thanks to Free the Slaves and our front line partner group in India, MSEMVS.
Five years ago, Jaswant borrowed $167 from a farm and factory owner to finance the wedding of his eldest daughter. The interest rate was outrageous — and illegal — and it quickly became impossible for Jaswant to repay read more >
The director of Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) in India, Bhanuja Sharan Lal, Ph.D., has been honored this morning by the U.S. State Department as a global anti-slavery hero in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons report.
His team of more than 75 front line anti-slavery activists has been progressively dismantling entrenched systems of slavery at brick kilns, farms and quarries in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. They have transformed hundreds of communities into no-go zones for traffickers, read more >
Arriving at the low caste section of Muchkudi village in northern Karnataka, we were ushered into the meeting space in a tiny Hindu temple.
About 60 of us were packed closely together, and the infant sitting beside me gently touched my arm, probably to see what this strange pale skin feels like. The large Hindu devotional statue occupied a comfortably secluded space behind bars, seemingly the only participant who held back on expressing his views during the proceedings.
On the edge of read more >
Editor’s Note: This is the second of three dispatches we will feature this week written by Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg during his recent trip to India.
DATELINE: Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh State, India
In the space of 24 hours we saw the transition from slavery to freedom.
Our journey began with a visit to a village where men, women and children worked as slaves in brick kilns and rice paddies. In more than 30 years of working in developing countries, read more >