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An estimated 40.3 million people are in slavery worldwide.

We are a modern abolitionist movement

In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us:
Don’t understand it • Don’t want to think about it • Don’t know how to change it
That’s where we come in. By joining Freedom United, you become part of the solution. We’ve proven time and time again: the collective voice can make a difference. So get started – and welcome to the movement!


UN Addresses Slavery in Conflict

September 2017

The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2379 which calls on the UN Secretary-General to establish an Investigative Team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support efforts to hold ISIS to account in Iraq. 287,451 Freedom United petition signatures supported efforts to secure justice for victims of slavery in conflict.

Investor statement on forced labour in Eritrea

May 2017

M&G Investments issued a statement on May 19, 2017 expressing their concern regarding the use of forced labour in Eritrea, following the launch of our campaign against Nevsun mining company. M&G have publicly committed to continue engaging with Nevsun in their statement.

Activist Elena Urlaeva released

March 2017

Uzbekistan activist Elena Urlaeva was released from a psychiatric facility where she was subjected to punitive treatment against her will. She was detained just before she was due to meet with an international delegation to share her research on the Uzbek Government’s widespread use of forced labor. 

Jamaica protects domestic workers

September 2016

Jamaica is home to over 94,000 domestic workers, and they are now better protected from exploitation and modern slavery. Why? Because the Prime Minister of Jamaica signed an international Domestic Worker Convention after we collected 50,000 signatures in just two weeks in partnership with the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union.

Ghana Police turn back human traffickers

June 2015

We were delighted when the Ghana police chief issued a directive that vehicles with unaccompanied children on known trafficking routes should be checked. This was the culmination of our work with partner Challenging Heights.

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