Sponsors & Partners
Free the Slaves welcomes corporate sponsorships and partnerships from businesses wanting to accelerate social change. Current sponsors and partners include:
Donors & Supporters
Individual Supporters: More than 1,000 individuals and foundations contribute to Free the Slaves every year. A wide range of artists, authors, actors, musicians and thought leaders have helped: including Desmond Tutu, Forest Whitaker, Esperanza Spalding, Jason Mraz, Paul Simon, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Jillian Anderson, Tom Shadyac, Sir Ken Robinson, Virginia Williams and Isabel Allende.
Institutional Supporters: Numerous government agencies and private foundations have supported our work.
Current supporters include:
- Elkes Foundation
- Freedom Fund
- Harman Family Foundation
- MKM Foundation
- National Endowment for Democracy
- Seamont Foundation
- U.S. Labor Department
- U.S. State Department
Previous supporters include:
- Humanity United
- Mundito Foundation
- O’Neil Foundation
- Open Square
- Stewart J. Pearce Memorial Fund
- Pegasus Liberty Foundation
- Sunflower Foundation
- John Templeton Foundation
- “The Woods” Charitable Foundation
In-kind supporters include:
- Agape Videos
- Lisa Kristine Photography
- Lowenstein Sandler LLP
- Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- Emily Teague Photography
Free the Slaves works with a wide range of international organizations around the globe. Current and former partners include:
- Manav Sansadham Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan: MSEMVS helps communities form vigilance committees in Uttar Pradesh that offer a collective base of support for slaves and at-risk residents to access government entitlements, food rations, and health care—as well as how to advocate for improved schools, how to file legal cases, and how to act against a broad range of human rights violations.
- Pragati Gramodyog Sansthan: PGS helps communities form local self-help groups that empower villagers to stand up to slaveholders and refuse illegal debts, develop collective savings and loans associations, and start small businesses to ensure sustainable freedom.
- Jeeta Vimukti Karnataka (Life Free from Bondage in Karnataka): JEEVIKA works in rural villages outside Bengaluru, where Dalits, or “untouchable” castes, have endured centuries of poverty, humiliation, and slavery. JEEVIKA helps slaves understand their rights and free themselves by standing together against powerful land owners and complacent public officials.
- Tatvasi Samaj Nyas: TSN works to combat slavery and provide services that will ensure the long-term reintegration of slavery survivors. TSN provides direct legal services to survivors of bonded labor slavery and sex trafficking and also manages a shelter for girls and women who have survived trafficking in the commercial sex industry.
- Women Skill Creation Center: WOSCC is based in one of Nepal’s most trafficking-prone districts and advocates for stronger anti-slavery policies, organizes women against domestic violence, and provides vocational training, access to education, and counseling to girls returning from slavery in India and local children held in domestic slavery.
- Gramin Mahila Srijansil Parivar: GMSP is a village-based women’s anti-trafficking movement that reduce women’s economic vulnerability to trafficking and helps freed slaves challenge the stigmas they face and rebuild their lives.
- Shakti Samuha: It’s the first organization in Nepal established and run by survivors of trafficking. Shakti Samuha organizes women in Jhapa and Bardiya Districts to resist slavery and provides education and support so women can safely migrate overseas for work and avoid traffickers.
- Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal: AATWIN is a coalition of more than 20 Nepali anti-slavery organizations providing a voice in the national capital for activists working in disparate and remote areas of the country. AATWIN adopts a common agenda that focuses the advocacy of the anti-slavery movement on tangible steps that can be undertaken collectively.
- Collectif Alpha Ujuvi: Collective Alpha Ujuvi has brought literacy skills to thousands of Congolese, allowing community members to become agents of conflict resolution and development. To encourage individual and collective empowerment and make significant change, Collective Alpha Ujuvioffers alternatives that stimulate grassroots development.
- Association pour le Développement des initiatives Paysannes (Association for the Development of Peasant Initiatives), or ASSODIP
- Centre de Recherche sur l’Environnement, la Démocratie, et les Droits de l’Homme (Center for Research on the Environment, Democracy and Human Rights), or CREDDHO
- Justice Pour Tous (Justice For All), or JPT
- Coalition of Civil Society for the Abolition of Slavery, or COSCAE
- Search for Common Ground
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency
- Challenging Heights: Challenging Heights aims to reduce and prevent child trafficking and protect children’s rights by directly rescuing children and offering holistic rehabilitation and reintegration; by working with communities to help survivors and the vulnerable live in freedom; by building resistance to trafficking through education and sensitization; by providing educational support for at-risk children, survivors and the impoverished; and by advocating for human rights.
- International Needs Ghana: INGH was established in 1984 with the aim of improving deprived communities through development and human rights initiatives.
- Don Bosco Child Protection Center: The center was established in 2014 with the mission of providing security, good health, and education to at-risk children and victims of poverty.
- Partners in Community Development Programme (PACODEP):Established in 2003 in Kete-Krachi, Ghana, PACODEP rescues children; provides them with formal education, medical screening, counseling, and shelter; and traces their families. It works to realize a Ghanaian society in which all children have their rights protected and their well-being guaranteed.
- Fondasyon Limyè Lavi: The Light of Life Foundation works in partnership with other organizations to enable people from disadvantaged communities to cultivate a quality education and experience based on mutual respect and dignity, and that leads to autonomy.
- Beyond Borders: Beyond Borders helps people build movements to liberate themselves from oppression and isolation. In Haiti and the United States, Beyond Borders is bringing people together for just and lasting change.
- Abas Systeme Restavèk (Abolish the Restavèk System): As a network of more than 18 local Haitian organizations dedicated to helping children in restavèk, ASR raises awareness about the problem of child domestic servitude locally and internationally and works to strengthen the capacity of its members to improve their services to affected children. ASR advocates with the Haitian government to take action and enforce laws against child domestic servitude.
- UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
- ENDA Youth Action – Environment Development Action in the Third World
- PPDH – Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
- Please see our Coalitions and Affiliations page for the many policy advocacy organizations that we partner with.