ROUNDTABLE TO FOCUS ON MODERN-DAY SLAVERY AND ONE SLAVERY SURVIVOR/ACTIVIST ALONGSIDE TWO EXPERTS OFFERING ACTION PLAN AND INSIGHTS
In conjunction with the all-star concert January 11
at Plymouth Church featuring The Impressions, Naomi Shelton & The
Gospel Queens, The Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist
Church, and members of the Dap-Kings, a roundtable discussion will take
place January 10 at the Brooklyn Historical Society on modern-day slavery.
The events take place around National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
and will benefit Free the Slaves, which is dedicated to ending slavery
worldwide in our lifetime. Free the Slaves has presented a Freedom Award
to courageous slavery survivor, activist, and roundtable participant
Tina Frundt and she will join Harvard's Timothy Patrick McCarthy and
Free the Slaves' Maurice I. Middleberg for a discussion.
Doors open at 6pm
for a sneak peek at Brooklyn Historical Society's major new exhibit,
Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom and a reception.
WHO: Tina Frundt, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Maurice I. Middleberg
WHAT: Fighting Modern Day Slavery: A Panel Discussion
WHEN: 7pm, Friday, January 10
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
TICKETS: Free, RSVP here
The panelists include:
Tina Frundt is a sex trafficking survivor from Chicago who now rescues
young people from slavery on the streets of Washington, D.C. She runs a
telephone hotline and recovery shelter staffed by survivors like
herself. Tina’s personal experiences provide special insight for
providing rescue and rehabilitation services for trafficking victims.
She is a vocal advocate in the anti-slavery movement: testifying before
Congress, speaking to journalists, and telling her story in a TEDx talk.
In 2010, she was awarded a Free the Slaves Freedom Award for her
courage and diligence as a survivor and activist. Her organization is
called Courtney’s House. Click here for Tina's TEDx talk.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy: A lecturer on history, literature and public
policy, Dr. McCarthy is director of the Human Rights and Social
Movements Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the
Harvard University Kennedy School. Educated at Harvard College and
Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in history, Dr.
McCarthy is a historian of social movements who specializes in slavery
and abolition, media culture and communications, and the politics of
race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. He is also a frequent
media commentator, and a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, The
Nation and The Huffington Post. A national leader in the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Dr. McCarthy was a founding
member of Barack Obama’s National LGBT Leadership Council.
Maurice I. Middleberg: As executive director of Free the Slaves, Maurice
Middleberg oversees the organization’s wide range of innovative
anti-trafficking initiatives around the globe. These include frontline
community-based projects in hotspot countries to liberate slaves and
transform the economic, political and social systems that allow slavery
to persist – as well as guiding the group’s policy advocacy, corporate
engagement and awareness-raising programs inside the United States. His
experience includes projects in 50 countries for CARE, the U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID), The Futures Group, IntraHealth
International, and others. Mr. Middleberg has a 15-year record in senior
and executive positions, including extensive relationships with
international development institutions.
More info on the panelists here.
Most Recent Facts about Modern Day Slavery
• 21-30 million people are trapped in slavery around the world today
• 22% of slavery victims today are in sex slavery
• 78% of slavery victims today are in forced labor slavery
• 55% of slavery victims today are women and girls
• 45% of slavery victim today are men and boys
• 26% of slaves today are children under age 18
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 out of 162 countries for slavery prevalence
Sources cited here.
About Free the Slaves
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. Free the Slaves works in India, Nepal,
Ghana, Congo (DRC), Haiti, Brazil.