Today, millions of people are enslaved around the world. Slavery takes many forms – sex trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude – and is often entrenched in vulnerable communities where it carries on for generations. So Free the Slaves’s approach is at once local and global. It partners with local organizations in six countries where slavery is widespread and deeply engrained. This grassroots approach addresses root problems and empowers those most affected by slavery. With support and guidance from FTS, they confront slaveholders, raise awareness, and challenge their communities to end harmful practices. They also assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of slaves – helping former slaves to heal from trauma, understand their rights, and regain their lives. At the same time, FTS advocates for government reform, both abroad and here in the United States (as many international supply chains are rooted in exploitative labor). The result: nearly 10,000 slaves have been freed, and dozens of communities are prepared to protect future generations. Your generosity is needed here … because freedom should not have a price.

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