International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Freedom United

One voice against modern slavery

aka Freedom United

Raleigh, NC


Our mission is INSPIRE millions of people to become lifelong abolitionists, then MOBILIZE them to INFLUENCE governments, business and society to make the changes necessary to end modern slavery.

Ruling Year



Josef Schmidt

Executive Director

Joanna Ewart-James

Main Address

4501 Atlantic Ave Suite 132

Raleigh, NC 27604 USA


human trafficking, modern day slavery, anti-slavery, modern abolition, advocacy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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What we aim to solve New!

An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery all over the world. This generates an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits every year, making forced labor the second largest international crime. Modern slavery includes bonded labor or debt bondage, forced labor, child slavery, domestic servitude, forced child marriage, and human trafficking.

Our programs

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Modern Slavery Education and Awareness

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Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Freedom United aims to unify individuals and organizations from across the globe together, around one common goal--to end human trafficking and modern slavery.

We leverage the voice of our 8 million member community to support our partner nonprofits around the world. Using this amplification for their work, our partners influence business, governments and society to make the changes necessary to eliminate the demand for or acceptance of modern slavery. The outcome is a world without slavery, with millions being freed, restored and economies rebuilt to never allow slavery to exist again.

Freedom United has a team of experts in the fields of both modern slavery and digital marketing, advised by survivor advocates. Our modern slavery experts ensure that each partner nonprofit is thoroughly vetted and each campaign will have positive impact in the movement to end slavery. Our digital marketing experts ensure that our website is effective in helping our community learn more about the cause and take actions that create real change.

The road to ending human trafficking and modern slavery is long, but the movement to stop it is growing. Freedom United works with nonprofits across the globe, focusing on a variety of issues influencing modern slavery. From every successful advocacy campaign to each new community member, the movement takes one step closer to our goal.

We have a community of over 8 million people and a partner network of over 75 nonprofit organizations from around the world. We have launched almost 100 campaigns, almost a third of which have been successful in creating impact in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. We are working to grow our community, ensuring that our voices are heard by governments, business, and society as a whole--demanding the end of slavery.

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Freedom United

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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