The 2010 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) wrapped up yesterday. Free the Slaves president Kevin Bales was there. But, unlike in previous years, he did not take part in any panels or presentations—this time, he was just an attendee.
But, it seems that the legacy of Bales’ previous appearances was alive and well. The issue of modern day slavery was brought up by prominent 2010 presenters and panelists: Ashton Kutcher announced his commitment to eradicate sex slavery in a discussion with Nicholas Kristof and Arianna Huffington, and Wyclef Jean called slavery a “core issue” in Haiti.
The video below is from the 2009 CGI, in which Bill Clinton praised Kevin Bales’ book Ending Slavery. Here’s to hoping that the eradication of slavery continues to be an important topic at future CGI events!