Free the Slaves and our implementing partner, La Lumiere, successfully reintegrated 16 survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation back to Nigeria. The successful return of these survivors to their homes are the first repatriations as part of the Program to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation in the Kédougou area (PACSEK), Senegal. All 16 survivors were removed from exploitation at different times through collaboration with Kédougou community systems, including Community Vigilance Committees (CVCs) and the gendarmerie (military police). Early in this project, Free read more >
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Twelve Nigerian women are free from slavery in Senegal today! Adaku*, Joy*, Esther*, and Chinara* were intercepted in Fadougou village on their way to what they believed were good jobs in restaurants, hotels, or boutiques that paid a good salary.
Adaku* says, “I left home because my father is a farmer, and I couldn’t continue my studies. So I came to Senegal to work and get money to help my older brother stay in read more >
Cutting the Long-term Costs of COVID-19: Building Resilience Against Exploitation in Senegal and Kenya
To date, the cost of the global COVID-19 pandemic has most frequently been measured in lives lost and the cost to domestic economies, while triumphs have often been charted in terms of vaccine roll-outs and partial or full returns to the ‘freedoms’ outside lockdown.
However, the impacts of the pandemic are likely to extend over decades, with complex effects for politics, society, and the lives of the Covid generation. This long-term and intersectional impact formed the focus of our recent research read more >
The Freedom from Slavery Forum is pioneering new ground this year as the anti-slavery movement’s premiere thought-leadership convening. For the past eight years, the Forum has been a collegial space for anti-slavery leaders from around the world to coalesce, create partnerships, discuss promising practices, and develop a shared agenda for action.
Now, the Forum is adding five regional convenings to ensure that grassroots ideas and voices are instrumental in and foundational to the movement. The new regional approach read more >
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I write this letter as I shelter in place amidst the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic. The close tethering to our homes underscores the importance of communities even in today’s hyperconnected world. Likewise, eliminating slavery depends crucially on our ability to mobilize communities. The march to a world without slavery happens one village, one town, one state at a time, each igniting with the light of freedom as it spreads across the globe.
At Free the Slaves, we’re read more >
The year 2020 brings several important anniversaries. It’s the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Palermo Protocol, the landmark treaty to confront modern forms of slavery worldwide. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone for America’s governmental programs to combat human trafficking. And:
2020 marks the 20th birthday of Free the Slaves!
We were born in the early days of the new millennium as a small collective read more >
Free the Slaves is thrilled to announce that a courageous advocate for the rights of women and children has joined the organization as executive director. Bukeni Tete Waruzi has helped put a Congolese warlord behind bars, has helped women trafficked into domestic servitude in the Middle East, and has served as a tireless human rights champion with American, European and African organizations for more than 20 years.
“I have chosen to take action and dedicate my life to fighting for justice read more >
Good news today from the U.S. State Department. Both Haiti and Senegal have been removed from the Tier Two Watch List in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an indication that the governments of both countries are increasing their efforts to combat human trafficking.
Each year the U.S. rates the anti-trafficking effectiveness of all countries, placing nations on either Tier 1 (meets minimum anti-trafficking standards), Tier 2 (doesn’t meet standards but trying) Tier 3 (doesn’t meet read more >
As chair of the Free the Slaves board of directors, I want to personally let you know that a generous foundation this summer is increasing its support of our work. They’ll match dollar-for-dollar your summertime contributions, up to $100,000. It’s a unique opportunity to double your impact.
You can double the rescues of children from slavery, double the number of survivor shelter beds for them, double vocational training classes for survivors so they can stay free, double the arrest of traffickers, and double the education of vulnerable villagers about their rights.
My journey to becoming a human rights activist began while I was a high school. During holiday breaks, my classmates and I organized “Framing Camps” to benefit children in our neighborhood. Later, I had an opportunity to attend a child rights workshop and research conditions in my community. I became aware how widespread child rights violations were. I developed a fierce desire to do everything possible to protect children.
That’s what I do now as the Country Coordinator for the read more >