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Victory over Slavery: 
Success Stories from the Front Lines
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s important to remember not only that slavery still exists, but that it can be overcome through the community education and mobilization programs of Free the Slaves. We want to share three remarkable success stories that your donations made possible.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Benita was forced into marriage slavery when her parents died. But now she is free and teaches sewing skills to help other women become financially resilient. “I love my job and I want other gender-based violence survivors to learn dressmaking and earn a living like I do,” she says.

India:  Chhatanki was lured into slavery by false promises of good work at a brick factory. Now free, he uses a bicycle rickshaw provided by Free the Slaves to run a small business hauling products to local markets. “I am very happy with my family,” he says. “My children go to school and I also play with my children. I have a choice to work as I wish. All these dreams came true.”

Ghana: A death in the family forced David into fishing slavery as a child. His family rescued him after training in child rights by Free the Slaves. He’s now in school and wants to be an electrical engineer.  “I have tasted the goodness of what education can do for a person’s life," David says, “I am convinced that my light will shine.”

On behalf of the many slavery victims that you have helped free this year, we thank you. We don’t free slaves, you do. See Benita’s full story here; Chhatanki’s full story here; and David’s full story here.
Shocking New Statistics From
United Nations

New figures released this year reveal that global slavery is worse than many experts had believed. The statistics reveal that 40 million people are enslaved right now. About 20 million are trapped in labor slavery, about 5 million are exploited in sex slavery, and about 15 million are enslaved in forced marriages. Women and girls account for 71 percent of the total; children are about 25 percent of the total.

The figures underscore the importance of Free the Slaves’ work. Human trafficking is one of the great human rights challenges of our time. The good news is that the new statistics are catalyzing the formation of a new coalition to bring national governments, international institutions, global businesses and civil society groups together to confront the human rights challenges of modern slavery. Alliance 8.7 aims to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, which calls for the end of trafficking and slavery by 2030. Free the Slaves is a member of the coalition. Learn more about the new statistics on our blog and Trafficking and Slavery Fact Sheet.

How Will You Take Action?

We've been turning the spotlight this fall onto some of our most inspiring donors to ask why they’ve chosen contribute to Free the Slaves. Their answers are truly remarkable. The “Why I Free Slaves” team has interviewed people just like you to learn how they discovered slavery still exists, how they turned their outrage into action.

“I think anytime we have a chance to contribute to someone’s freedom, that is one of the most life-giving experiences we could ever have,” said musician Derek Mount in Atlanta.

“I always say to my students, where will you be in the index of the history books a hundred years from now, what will you have done in this life to be an agent of history,” said Harvard historian Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

“I can’t honestly think of a more worthwhile, longstanding but also victory-is-in-our-sights kind of problem to spend my time on than slavery and emancipation,” said researcher Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick of the University of San Diego.

“We all have something to give,” said acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine in San Francisco. “And I invite anyone of you that happens to see this to look in yourself and find that one thing that you can give toward ending slavery.”

We’ve just posted a remarkable compilation video of this year’s “Why I Free Slaves” profiles. See it here.

Donating This Year 
Can Last a Lifetime

There are only two days left to make your 2017 tax deductible contribution to Free the Slaves. We’re within reach of our year-end goal, but we still need help if you haven’t made your contribution this year.

Your contributions liberate people from slavery and change the social, economic and political conditions that allow slavery to persist. So, you’re not only helping people break free, you are ensuring they stay free and nobody takes their place in bondage.

Tax changes passed by Congress and signed by the president may change whether your charitable contributions will be fully tax deductible next year. So please, consider donating now. Thanks!

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