Free the Slaves Inc.

Freeing Slaves | Ending Slavery

aka Free the Slaves   |   Washington, DC   |  www.freetheslaves.net

Mission

Free the Slaves changes the conditions that allow modern slavery to exist. We launched in 2000 to sound the alarm that slavery still exists and to galvanize a worldwide response. We have crafted a global blueprint to inform governments, international institutions, faith communities, businesses and the public what they can do. We're now implementing community-based strategies that liberate slaves and help vulnerable communities resist enslavement. We have freed more than 14,000 people from slavery so far. Through innovative grassroots community organizing projects, rigorous evaluation & groundbreaking research, targeted advocacy, compelling communications and public engagement, Free the Slaves is showing the world that ending slavery is possible.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Bukeni Waruzi

Main address

1320 19th Street NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

56-2189635

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are tens of millions of people trapped in various forms of slavery throughout the world today. Researchers estimate that 40 million are enslaved worldwide, generating $150 billion each year in illicit profits for traffickers. It isn’t legal anywhere but happens almost everywhere—including Europe and the U.S. Slaves are forced to work, without pay, under the threat of violence. They cannot walk away. Slavery flows into our homes, offices, and schools through many of the products we buy. Slaves harvest cocoa in West Africa, and it ends up in our chocolate. Slaves make charcoal in Brazil, which is used to run smelters that make steel for our cars. Many food products and raw materials are tainted by slavery—such as tomatoes, tuna, shrimp, cotton, diamonds, iron, sugar, and gold. We all have a role to play in bringing slavery to an end.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grassroots Anti-slavery Programs

Free the Slaves and its front-line partner organizations use a community-based model to help communities resist forced labor and sex trafficking in India, Ghana, Mauritania, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We provide structure and training for collective action by slaves and survivors to demand freedom, payment of wages, and protection from violence. We organize leaders to educate their communities about slavery, to take action to rescue their family members and neighbors who are in slavery, and to work to develop new systems that address key vulnerabilities within the community. These vulnerabilities may include ensuring the availability of education for children, savings & loan projects for communities, or access to affordable health care and legal representation. We engage local, regional and national officials to press for enforcement and strengthening of anit-slavery laws. We support lawyers who press for justice for victims. We support operation of shelters for survivors of sex and labor slavery. We educate and prepare people who are migrating abroad for work on ways to avoid the tricks of traffickers, and we educate children to prevent their enslavement later in life.

Population(s) Served

Free the Slaves increases awareness of slavery and our methods to eradicate it, and fosters public engagement in policy advocacy, through mass media, online outreach, video production, speaking engagements, conferences, public events, college chapters and faith community outreach. Free the Slaves trains front-line partner organizations and others to strengthen communications and media relations skills to improve outreach to slavery victims, vulnerable populations and religious, traditional and civic leaders.

Population(s) Served

Free the Slaves works to convince gogernments, international development organizations and businesses to implement key changes required for the global eradication of slavery. In partnership with coalitions and other organizations, Free the Slaves works to encourage policymakers domestically and abroad to implement anti-slavery policies and to actively work toward dismantling systems of slavery. Free the Slaves serves as the co-chair and secretariat for the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, and serves as a civil society representative on the Global Coordinating Group of Alliance 8.7.

Population(s) Served

Free the Slaves rigorously assesses the impact, effectiveness, relevance, efficacy and sustainability of our community-based approach to ending slavery. Using well-defined indicators, we track accomplishments of our grassroots partners in work planning, quarterly reporting, training and capacity building to improve accountability and learning. Monitoring Learning and Evaluation staffers contribute to the development of strong proposals and acccurate reporting to funders, and support continual learning and increased knowledge for the organization and the anti-slavery movement.

Population(s) Served

Free the Slaves serves as the secretariat for the annual Freedom From Slavery Forum. This gathering of anti-slavery leaders from around the world is designed to create a collegial space where leaders can coalesce, create partnerships, discuss promising practices, and develop a shared agenda for action.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people freed from slavery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grassroots Anti-slavery Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since our founding, Free the Slaves has liberated more than 14,000 people from slavery.

Number of villagers educated to protect their families from traffickers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grassroots Anti-slavery Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of traffickers and slaveholders brought to justice

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grassroots Anti-slavery Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Slavery flourishes when people cannot meet their basic needs and lack economic opportunity, education, healthcare and honest government. A holistic approach is required to eradicate slavery forever. That's why we: Work with grassroots organizations where slavery flourishes; Record and share their stories so people in power can see slavery and be inspired to work for freedom; Enlist businesses to clean slavery out of their product chains and empower consumers and investors to stop subsidizing slavery; Work with governments to produce effective anti-slavery laws then hold them to their commitments; Research what works and what doesn't so that we use resources strategically and effectively.

Free the Slaves has developed a causal model that captures the logic by which we attempt to redress key vulnerabilities. All of our programs are carried out with and through local partners. Our basic approach is to create assets that offset vulnerabilities: educate about rights and risks; organize community groups against slavery; strengthen household security; liberate those in slavery; and increase the costs and risks to perpetrators.

Contextual Research: We undertake research to define the vulnerabilities and pathways leading to slavery, and needed interventions.

Capacity Building: We provide training, technical assistance and grants to strengthen local organizations and agencies to achieve sustainable solutions. Our partners may include: Non-governmental organizations that serve at-risk communities; Government agencies responsible for essential services and/or legal protection; Media that benefit from training on how to report about slavery; Advocacy coalitions that seek reform of laws or more effective enforcement; International organizations, including donors and international NGOs.

Fostering Community Resistance and Resilience: In concert with local partners, we implement programs to reduce community vulnerabilities. The outcomes we expect are:

o Behavior change from education and participatory exercises; these yield changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices that protect against slavery.

o Launching or strengthening community-based organizations. Our partners and we encourage the creation of village and neighborhood committees that mobilize action against slavery. They educate neighbors, look out for traffickers, pursue suspected cases of slavery, and advocate for better services.

o Household security is advanced by helping communities access legitimate sources of credit, schools, health care and employment.

o Survivor security is advanced by ensuring former slaves receive needed shelter, counseling, medical care, vocational training and follow-up.

o Legal and police protection are strengthened through training, legal services for survivors, media reporting on police protection, and political advocacy.

Sustained Reduction in Slavery: Enhanced community resistance and resilience lead to long-term reductions in slavery. Specifically, we expect to observe the following: Liberation of slaves through direct action by newly empowered individuals and communities or through rescues and raids undertaken by NGOs and police; Reintegration of freed slaves, who, through survivor services, acquire the wherewithal to claim a life in freedom; Reduction in the number of people newly entering slavery; Decline in the prevalence of slavery in formerly vulnerable communities.

The Free the Slaves headquarters staff in Washington, D.C. consists of highly-skilled professionals with extensive experience in international development, project management, monitoring and evaluation, policy advocacy, communications, and programmatic financing. Free the Slaves employs in-country teams of one to three individuals, all of whom are nationals of the nation in which they work. They are experienced human rights and community mobilizing experts. In each country, Free the Slaves partners with highly-regarded community based organizations, who conduct the front-line anti-slavery activities.

Since its founding, Free the Slaves has liberated more than 14,000 people from slavery. We've educated more than 650,000 villagers to protect their families from trafficking. We've helped bring more than 300 traffickers and slaveholders to justice. We've built global public awarerness through print, online and broadcast media outlets that reach more than 250 million people.

Financials

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Free the Slaves Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Harvard University Kennedy School

Term: 2019 - 2022

Amy Wiwi

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Carolyn Long

Independent Consultant

Juan Arteaga

Crowell & Moring LLP

Lila Leno

Calibre CPA Group PLLC

Wade Litchfield

Florida Power and Light

Timothy McCarthy

Harvard University

Nes Parker

Deloitte

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes