Our 15th anniversary year comes to a close in just a few days. It’s been a remarkably successful year. Our front-line anti-slavery programs have crossed two important benchmarks: freeing more than 10,000 people from slavery and educating more than 100,000 to prevent their enslavement. Our global advocacy initiatives have helped convince Nepal to outlaw slavery in its new constitution and prompted members of the U.S. Congress to introduce bills to increase anti-slavery funding and establish nationwide corporate accountability for slavery in products.
The U.S. and Ghana governments have signed a historic compact to accelerate the fight against child slavery in Africa. Free the Slaves has been chosen as one of the key organizations to lead the way. The four-year project will not only free more than 400 children in hot spots among Lake Volta’s fishing communities and the surrounding region, it will also train more than 2,000 community members, traditional authorities and government officials in ways to sustainably combat child slavery for many years to come.
The program is part of a new initiative called the Child Protection Compact Partnership, the first-ever arrangement between the U.S. and a foreign government under new funding approved by Congress. Our initiative is called “Growing up Free.” Working in partnership with other organizations and government officials, we will train community leaders to recognize child trafficking and take action to reintegrate rescued children into communities, raise public awareness, support livelihood alternatives for families of reintegrated children, convene two national symposia, and provide staff training and grants to NGOs who provide aftercare services for child trafficking victims. This partnership marks a major milestone for Free the Slaves. Child slavery is widespread in Ghana. It requires a concerted effort to eradicate. Deloitte Helps FTS Strengthen the Movement
The world’s largest consulting firm has teamed up with Free the Slaves to tackle one of history’s greatest challenges. Deloitte has been volunteering its staffers this year to take stock of the anti-slavery movement and recommend ways for it to be more effective.
The result is a new analysis called the “Freedom Ecosystem” report. The study examines how an ecosystem of organizations—from the private sector, civil society, government, academia, the funding community and the broader public—is working to eradicate slavery, and how they could amplify their efforts through greater collaboration. The authors identify three elements that allies should apply in collaborating for increased progress: 1.) Align on common goals; 2.) Build mutual ownership; 3) Create scalable solutions. They also recommend thee action-items for anti-slavery leaders: 1.) Create a professional association for joint learning; 2.) Mobilize resources through strategic alliances; 3.) Unite around a common policy agenda.
Our thanks to the team at Deloitte for their diligence and dedication to helping the anti-slavery movement! And or thanks to the many Deloitte and Free the Slaves social media supporters who voted in the South by Southwest online competition this year. We have been chosen to educate SXSW festival attendees about human trafficking. We’ll see you in Austin, Texas, in March 2016! Free the Slaves Online Store Opens for Business
We’ve launched a new feature on the Free the Slaves website: our online store! We have identified great gift ideas for yourself or your friends.
To start: T-shirts with the Free the Slaves logo. They’re a great way to get conversations started about the fact that slavery still exists. Also, organic cotton messenger bags imported from a collective in India where sex slavery survivors are earning a living through sewing. And the amazing book of fine-art portraits of slaves and survivors, “Slavery.”
A portion of the proceeds from every sale benefits Free the Slaves. We will be adding more items over time, and we’ll keep you posted. Regifting is a Good Thing if it Helps End Slavery
Did you receive a Visa or MasterCard gift card for the holidays? Don’t spend it on yourself. Use it to spread freedom.
There are only a few days left in our 2015 fundraising drive. Consider using your gift cards to donate to Free the Slaves. Whether it’s the entire amount of the card’s value, or just a few dollars remaining on it, every contribution brings us closer to slavery’s end. All donations are tax deductible. Thanks!