Promoting Racial Justice Can Stop Modern Slavery
Racial injustice is a legacy of slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the U.S., and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights helped prohibit slavery around the world. But these remarkable acheivements did not end slavery. And they have not eradicated systemic injustice that modern forms of slavery still cause today.
Racism & Slavery in the World Today
In Mauritania, darker-skinned residents are trapped in forced labor by those with lighter skin. In the Dominican Republic, immigrants from Haiti are locked into lives of slavery on sugar cane plantations. In India, the caste system drives millions of people – including children – into bondage at quarries, farms and factories.
Modern slavery marginalizes people in vulnerable racial groups. Human traffickers target these disadvantaged people, perpetuating the brutal cycle of slavery.
The Free the Slaves Solution
We work at a community level to change the conditions that allow modern slavery to exist, helping to end slavery and racial injustice. Our strategy to make make entire villages slavery-resistant, helping to end marginalization and discrimination. We do this through education and mobilization at the grassroots, by holding those in power accountable, and by influencing governments, businesses, politicians and social leaders to take a stand for freedom and equality.
Our work to dismantle slavery’s causes and impacts includes overcoming racism and prejudice. This work is challenging and requires a long-term commitment. As a human rights organization, Free the Slaves understands the urgent need to take the lead in the anti-slavery movement.
You Can Help
As we continue to stand for the values of social justice, equal rights, and human dignity, we will work in solidarity with other institutions of conscience – and with you – to move freedom forward everywhere in the world.
Will you continue to support Free the Slaves as we promote equal rights and transform power structures that determine the future? Please join us in advocating for racial justice.
Fall 2020 Campaign Blog Posts
Can You Help Stop Child Slavery? Did you know that 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children? Children like Kwezi. At 7 years old, Kwezi left his childhood home with expectations of a better life and more opportunities. But that was far from his reality. Instead, he was tricked by traffickers and was forced to work on dangerous and deadly fishing boats, with little food and rest. What happened to Kwezi has happened to more than 10 million children worldwide: systemic child slavery. Modern slavery is worst in Africa and Asia, fueled by global inequality and discrimination. Too often, it’s children who are caught in slavery’s vicious grip.