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My Story My Dignity

My Story, My Dignity
Sophie Otiende
Rebecca Bender
James Kofi Annan
Rebekah Charleston
Chab Dai


Too often we speak on behalf of survivors of slavery. In the videos above we’ve let them do the talking instead. You will see these survivors tell us directly why this issue is important to them and what they want you to do about it.

The media relies 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.

Together with our partners Chab Dai, HAART Kenya and Liberty Asia, we are calling on media organizations to review their style guides as a first step of improving the way that modern slavery and survivor stories are presented in the media.

We are starting with four of the largest English-language media organizations in the world – Associated Press, The New York Times, The Daily Mail and The Guardian – to ask that they adopt and endorse guidance on how they use survivors’ stories to write about and report on modern slavery, setting the tone across the media.

1 – Choosing respectful images and text.
2 – Selecting images and text that are representative of the issue.
3 – Respecting survivors’ right to privacy and dignity.
4 – Obtaining prior consent to use the story, being transparent and accurate

Sign our petition to help give every survivor’s story the dignity it deserves.

Want to know more? Read Chab Dai and Liberty Asia’s full Guidance Note on how survivors’ images and stories should be presented here, or else check out our two-page version for media houses here.

Video distribution consent given by James Kofi Annan, Rebecca Bender, Rebekah Charleston and Sophie Otiende.

Campaign updates

March 31, 2017: The Guardian confirmed it will share the Guidance Note on modern slavery with its journalists that work on related issues.

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Maurice Frank

The Non-Finality Situation or Court Change works for pressing this point too. Cite it to them.

Call on the media to tell survivors' stories with dignity

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Dear Style Guide Editor

As leading English-language media houses, we call on you to show the importance of treating modern slavery survivors’ stories with dignity, by adopting Freedom Collaborative’s Guidance Note within your publications’ style guide.

Sensationalist images and language can unintentionally create or reinforce stereotypes or negative prejudices. Survivors of slavery tell us that when their dignity is not respected, it can lead to them feeling further victimized.

We call on you to work with us to ensure your style guide commits to portraying survivors of slavery in a dignified way so that they might feel empowered.

Freedom United will protect your privacy while updating you on campaigns, news and stories about modern slavery.

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Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) was founded in response to the increasing crisis of human trafficking in Kenya. Founded in 2010, it works in the areas of prevention of trafficking, prosecution of trafficking offenders and protection of victims, and works with partners in advocacy and policy.

Chab Dai

Chab Dai projects focus on coalition-building, prevention, advocacy and research. In all that they do, Chab Dai seeks to raise the standards of advocacy, prevention and care utilized by individuals, organizations, businesses, researchers and government agencies in addressing human trafficking and exploitation. Chab Dai actively combines the resources and experiences of experts and practitioners on the field, policymakers and researchers, in addition to assisting stakeholders establish a strong commitment to support one another's work.

Liberty Asia

Liberty Asia aims to prevent human trafficking through legal advocacy, technological interventions, and strategic collaborations with NGOs, corporations, and financial institutions in Southeast Asia. Liberty Asia facilitates the sharing of data and best practices with anti-trafficking stakeholders; gathers and channels intelligence on slavery to the private sector; champions legal reform and improves the understanding of victim identification and protection; builds a communications backbone for Asia hotlines to scale up their capacity to support more victims & returnees; and provides slavery education & training to enact change in all sectors of society.

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