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Free the Slaves liberates slaves and changes the conditions that allow slavery to persist.
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10,000 Slaves Now Walking Free

          The first part of our mission statement is crystal clear: liberate slaves. And with your continuing support, Free the Slaves is achieving that goal. Together, we have just crossed a historic milestone: freeing more than 10,000 people from slavery worldwide since Free the Slaves was formed 15 years ago. Actually, the number is even higher: 10,890 freed as of the end of 2014. The pace of change is picking up, too. Free the Slaves liberated 2,265 people from slavery in 2014 alone. Here are the full details of our 2014 results: 

2,265 People freed from slavery
82,583 Villagers educated to protect their families from traffickers
1,977 Villages and neighborhoods supported to protect their communities from slavery
1,281 Government officials trained on how to fight slavery
163 Traffickers and slaveholders arrested

          Those numbers demonstrate that we are also focused on the second part of our mission statement: changing the conditions that allow slavery to persist. By educating the vulnerable about their rights and mobilizing them to take action, Free the Slaves is helping to prevent more people from falling into slavery. By training government officials and referring cases to authorities, we are making traffickers pay a price for their brutality.

          At a landmark moment like this, it's important to acknowledge that Free the Slaves could not have achieved this impact without the thousands of donors over the years who have contributed their money, time, ideas and moral support. You are the ones who are opening the lock for those trapped in slavery around the globe. Read more about our community model for fighting slavery, and our impact, on the Free the Slaves website.

Make Mother's Day More Meaningful

          A staggering $18 billion is spent annually in the U.S. on flowers, cards and meals for Mother's Day. That's why the Mothers' Day Movement believes it's time to rethink Mother's Day giving priorities. They've chosen Free the Slaves as the beneficiary of their 2015 Mother's Day campaign. You can join the campaign and take a stand for mothers suffering in slavery by making a Mother's Day contribution to Free the Slaves. Select one of four e-Cards to send to the mothers in your life, letting them know that a donation in their honor is helping to combat slavery. Visit our special Mother's Day e-Card webpage. Our thanks to the Mothers' Day movement for helping to spread freedom to mothers everywhere! 


Face to Face with Slavery

          Two remarkable volunteer filmmakers are on the front lines with Free the Slaves this year to document what freedom looks like. Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington, describe themselves as "passionate visual storytellers who will travel to the ends of the earth to capture life's joys and sorrows." They are visiting villages in Nepal, India, Congo and Ghana. "We recently feel called to donate our skills for a greater purpose, and so we have decided to take a leap of faith this year," they explain on their website, Agape Visuals.

          We are proud to premiere the first of their videos right now. It’s called “Stopping the Traffic.” In this short film, two trafficking survivors in Nepal, Seema and Kamala, describe how they were enslaved while migrating for work. The women escaped and are now helping to prevent others from falling prey to traffickers. Seema says in the video that working as an abolitionist now helps her “live in my family and society with dignity.” Keep an eye on the Free the Slaves video page for new films from the front lines every other week for the next four months!


New Look for Free the Slaves

          If you haven't seen the Free the Slaves website or blog in a while, now is the time to take a look! We've done a complete overhaul. Our new online look and structure is designed to provide you with quicker, more direct information about our strategy, results and front-line operations. The website also includes improved sharing functions so that you can help spread the word on social media

The website has all the essentials you need to learn about slavery and Free the Slaves:

We hope you will take a few minutes to click around the new site to refresh your connection to our organization and our cause

 
 

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