Posts Tagged ‘india’
Last night was the opening event of artist Benjamin Swatez exhibition at Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach. The show features works created live during several past Free the Slaves events—including Freedom Fest in San Diego, and Freedom Rocks, the after party of last month’s Freedom Awards.
The show will run through mid January. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Benjamin’s art will go toward funding the India Art Project.
What is the India Art read more >
We received some exciting news today from India. 2010 Harriet Tubman award winning organization JEEVIKA works in Karnataka, a state in southern India where slavery in the form of bonded labor is prevalent. JEEVIKA’s founder Kiran Prasad works largely with the Dalits—a community historically put at the bottom of society, and disproportionately placed into bonded labor. Slavery is illegal in India, but societal pressures and prejudices allow it to prevail. Prasad and his staff empower the read more >
In our research, Free The Slaves (FTS) has observed communities formerly in ruins because of slavery and trafficking, stand up and begin to experience freedom. With freedom, exponential improvements in social and economic development along with women’s empowerment begin to occur. This phenomena is known as the freedom dividend and is experienced not only by those no longer enslaved, but by the entire community.
We know that the freedom dividend is real. But until now, there has been no quantitative documentation read more >
Free the Slaves is looking for Volunteers in the DC metro area to be a part of making history. We have been working with our partners in India to conduct household surveys on debt-bondage. And now, we need volunteers to help sift through all this data.
So on Saturday, November 6 (which is, coincidentally the read more >
Recently, a new website has launched, focusing on modern day slavery. Human Goods, run by Seattle-based journalist Christa Hillstrom, takes a “big picture” look at slavery, putting it into global, economic, social and cultural context. We’ve been avidly reading Human Goods, because currently, there are very few media outlets that consistently produce magazine-style, feature length articles on human trafficking, and the movement to eradicate it.
Last week, Human Goods put out a thoughtful article on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, currently taking read more >
Washington, D.C.—At a hearing held by the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday, the State Department’s anti-trafficking Ambassador Luis CdeBaca recommended that slavery eradication efforts take a more victim centered approach. Survivors of modern day slavery should not be treated like criminals, he said.
The hearing, titled “Out of the Shadows: The Global Fight Against Human Trafficking,” took a broad based look at human trafficking around the world and what was being done to combat it.
MODERN SLAVERY IS ‘SUBTLE’
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Rambho was tricked into slavery after his father died. He worked 16 hours a day weaving carpets. When his fingers bled, the slave owner dipped them in oil and lit them on fire. That was before the raid that changed Rambho’s life forever.
Rambho and 10 other boys were rescued by Bal Vikas Ashram run by the Diocesan Development and Welfare Society (DDWS) in Uttar Pradesh, northern India—a grassroots organization that not only frees children from slavery, but houses them for six months as they recover from years read more >
Karnataka, India—September 15 was JEEVIKA Day, a celebration of anti-slavery activism. For the first time ever, activists and representatives from local government convened for a public dialogue on the extent of slavery—and the government’s role in combating it.
Since 1990, the Indian NGO JEEVIKA has been working to end bonded labor and slavery in the state of Karnataka, India. Slavery is outlawed in India. But many are not aware of their legal rights, and bonded labor flourishes.
Headed by former Jesuit priest read more >
THAI WORKERS COME FORWARD IN BIGGEST HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE IN US HISTORY
Via Neon Tommy: Several dozen Thai workers—many of them hiding their faces behind scarves and sunglasses—spoke at a press conference in front of a Thai temple in Los Angeles yesterday. The workers were victims in the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history. Hundreds of Thai workers were allegedly lured into slavery by Beverly Hills-based labor recruiting agency Global Horizons Manpower. They paid the agency up to read more >