Pledge to represent survivors with dignity - Freedom United
Campaign Update:

February 26, 2020: Our voice is being heard! The U.S. State Department has adopted the My Story, My Dignity campaign & pledge and issued guidelines helping change the narrative around modern slavery.

My Story, My Dignity Pledge

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Check out our content guidelines here: https://www.freedomunited.org/my-story-my-dignity-guidelines/

We rely upon strong stories and eye-catching images when writing about modern slavery. Raising awareness of the issues and the prevalence of modern slavery is essential, but so often, as survivors of slavery tell us, the images and language used to tell these stories do not reflect them accurately or in a dignified way.

Too often we speak on behalf of survivors and sensationalize the experience of modern slavery today. Sensationalist images and language can unintentionally create or reinforce stereotypes or negative prejudices.

You can help change this by adopting the My Story, My Dignity Pledge as an individual or on behalf of an organization, company or institution that publicly shares human trafficking and modern slavery information and cases. By adhering to the pledge, you can help ensure accurate and respectful representations, so that together, we build a movement that supports survivors and motivates action helping bring it to an end.

The My Story, My Dignity Pledge principles:

  1. Choose respectful images that are representative of the issue. Choose stock images carefully.
  2. Select text that accurately represents the story. Be careful to avoid sensationalist language.
  3. Respect survivors’ right to privacy and dignity.
  4. Obtain prior consent to using a personal story, be transparent and accurate about the process and how it will be used.

Read Freedom United’s content guidelines to see how we live by the pledge.

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Pamela
Pamela

People like to talk about us survivors, they rarely care to know what the truth is. It takes a very long time to come to terms with being trafficked. It is not like it is often portrayed. It was a nightmare that doesn’t end, so many people turned a blind eye, so many other victims who had given up. Traffickers often know the law better than anyone and many law enforcement officers are corrupt. Those who are involved in the system will often not leave a survivor alone. Harrasment is neverending.

Analeza Ali
Analeza Ali

Is there any available work in this field to join in working to end trafficking?

Jacqueline Franklin

waiting for a reply from NSW Premier ‘s office to confirm Slavery bill although passed, not enforced as advisd, it appears more information is needed it appears, .I sent a please explain follow-up a week ago bby snail mail.
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anu pande
anu pande

dont think they would leave me alive — thanks for what you do

Sudeshna Kolay
Sudeshna Kolay

Could you give some concrete examples of respectful usage of images (especially when using stock photos) and reporting without sensationalising?

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I am committed to helping build a world without human trafficking and modern slavery.

I believe that modern slavery and survivor stories must be presented in a way that is accurate and dignified. Too often we speak on behalf of survivors and sensationalize the experience of modern slavery today.

I will apply the My Story, My Dignity pledge:

  1. Choose respectful images that are representative of the issue. Choose stock images carefully.
  2. Select text that accurately represents the story. Be careful to avoid sensationali