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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!

Our Impact

Go Overseas takes action against orphanage trafficking

Go Overseas, a company helping thousands of volunteers around the world travel abroad, has just implemented a new system on their site to flag the harms of volunteering in orphanages and the risks of orphanage trafficking as direct result of sustained action from the Freedom United community.  Tens of thousands of us in the Freedom United community have been calling on volunteer tour operators to take a stand against orphanage trafficking by no longer offering volunteer placements in orphanages. We’re proud of Go Overseas for taking this important step and playing their role in disrupting traffickers’ business model, joining Global Vision International and African Impact. Now when a potential volunteer is browsing through opportunities tagged under “childcare” and “orphan care” on their site, they'll see a warning linked to a detailed blog post I wrote on the harms of orphanage volunteering and the associated trafficking risks. 
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U.S. President Biden signs Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law

U.S. President Biden signs the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) just one week after it passed Congress! Along with the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, we issued a statement on the bill’s passage.  This new law bans the import of all goods from the Uyghur Region unless companies offer verifiable proof that the manufacturing process did not involve forced labor.
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Over 1/4 Nike investors demand supply chain due diligence

On October 6, 2021, at an annual general meeting (AGM), over a quarter of Nike Inc. investors voted for Nike to begin publishing a human rights impact assessment of its entire supply chain, particularly to evaluate its suppliers for links to Uyghur forced labor in China. Even though the resolution wasn’t passed, a 27% vote means that many of Nike’s own shareholders lack confidence in the company’s current modus operandi. Nike's management needs to seriously consider how much longer they can expect the majority of their backers to continue to accept their lack of due diligence. Our community has helped create awareness of Nike’s potential complicity in the Uyghur forced labor system and the need for greater transparency in operations. Ahead of the vote, almost 6000 supporters added their signatures to letters we sent to 5 influential Nike shareholders calling for the assessment.   We have also been campaigning for Nike to cut ties with the Uyghur Region since last year, sending emails to Nike, calling out Nike at fashion week protests and online activism along with our partners at the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region.
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Ending slavery in the 13th Amendment

Ahead of Juneteenth, Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Nikema Williams have introduced the Abolition Amendment, which would strike the ‘Slavery Clause’ of the 13th Amendment that allows slavery to continue in the United States. Freedom United also joined Abolish Slavery National Network to celebrate Juneteenth with the introduction of the Abolition Amendment and joined more than 70 national organizations and sent a joint letter to Congress, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, endorsing the Abolition Amendment and urging immediate passage.  Read the letter here.
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