Wednesday, November 13, 2013

About Free The Slaves

Guiding Principles
Everything we do is weighed against one simple question: will this free slaves and help them stay free?

  • We believe all people have the right to be free from any form of slavery and to realize their true potential.

  • We are committed to supporting sustainable solutions that don't hurt those we're trying to help.

  • We base all our strategies on accurate research.

  • We are committed to building a diverse movement and to seeking guidance from local and regional anti-slavery programs around the world.

  • We are non-partisan and politically independent.

  • We are transparent with our finances and programs.
Our Approach
Slavery flourishes when people cannot meet their basic needs, and lack economic opportunity, education, healthcare and honest government.  A holistic approach is required to eradicate slavery forever. That's why we:

  • Free slaves around the world by working with grassroots organizations where slavery flourishes.

  • Record and share their stories so people in power can see slavery and be inspired to work for freedom.

  • Enlist businesses to clean slavery out of their product chains and empower consumers to stop buying into slavery.

  • Work with governments to produce effective anti-slavery laws then hold them to their commitments.

  • Research what works and what doesn't so that we use resources strategically and effectively to end slavery. Forever.

Our goal: to end slavery in our lifetime.

Free the Slaves Organizational Description:

Free the Slaves liberates slaves, helps them rebuild their lives, and transforms the social, economic

and political forces that allow slavery to persist. We support community-driven interventions in

partnership with local groups that help people to sustainable freedom and dismantle a region’s

system of slavery. We convince governments, international development organizations and

businesses to implement key changes required for global eradication. We document and disseminate

leading-edge practices to help the anti-slavery movement work more effectively. We raise awareness

and promote action by opinion leaders, decision makers and the public. Free the Slaves is showing

the world that ending slavery is possible.

Most Recent Facts about Modern Day Slavery

• 21-30 million people are trapped in slavery around the world today (Sources 1+2)

• 22% of slavery victims today are in sex slavery (Source 1)

• 78% of slavery victims today are in forced labor slavery (Source 1)

• 55% of slavery victims today are women and girls (Source 1)

• 45% of slavery victim today are men and boys (Source 1)

• 26% of slaves today are children under age 18 (Source 1)


1. U.N. International Labor Organization Global Estimate of Forced Labor 2012


2. Walk Free Global Slavery Index 2013

Where is Slavery Worst?

• Mauritania has the highest percentage of its population in slavery: 4%

• India has the largest number of people in slavery: 14 million

• The U.S. has 60,000 victims in slavery today

• Top 10 per-capita slavery hot spots: Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova,

Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Gabon,

• The U.S. ranks 134th


Walk Free Global Slavery Index 2013

 out of 162 countries for slavery prevalence

Countries Where Free the Slaves Works

India, Nepal, Ghana, Congo (DRC), Haiti, Brazil

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