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Cotton pickers in Uzbekistan Victories
Thursday March 10, 2022

Historic end to state-imposed forced labor in Uzbekistan cotton

Today we are celebrating news that proves making a noise, signing petitions, and posting on social media does lead to change. The system of state-imposed forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry has ended. Freedom United, together with our colleagues the Cotton Campaign, announces the lifting of the global boycott of Uzbek cotton. This announcement comes as the Uzbek Forum for Human Rights releases its report findings of the 2021 harvest. This breakthrough has come about because of the persistent and coordinated engagement by Uzbek activists, advocates like you who called

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Slavery belongs in the past #AmendThe13th Prison slavery
Wednesday February 16, 2022

What will it take to outlaw slavery in the U.S.?

"I spent 25 years in slavery. It was traumatizing, it was painful, physically and mentally. I felt sub-human, demeaned, socially dead.” – Curtis Ray Davis II, Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana, and formerly incarcerated  A staggeringly disproportionate number of Black Americans are part of the estimated 2 million people incarcerated in the United States right now. All of them are caught in a legal system of slavery. Despite its stated objective to abolish slavery in 1865, under the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution slavery and involuntary servitude remain legal as

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Olympic torch Forced Labor
Friday January 28, 2022

Palihapitiya and the IOC: Not caring and neutrality in the face of injustice

The Beijing Winter Olympics is one week away but instead of a buildup of celebratory anticipation, those who are not on the protest line seem not so much excited as grimly determined to get through the Games unscathed. Athletes, governments, and sponsors and even the International Olympics Committee (IOC) are proceeding cautiously, keeping their heads down and preparing for the worst.    "Not the joyous party that we had wished it to be…"  It was a different picture ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Back then, the IOC had high hopes based on promises made by China that the games

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Gift under Christmas tree Slavery-Free Goods
Thursday December 9, 2021

Not another gift guide: What products to avoid this Christmas

At this time of year, many of our supporters find themselves in a tight spot trying to celebrate the season whilst not contributing to forced labor systems. It’s quite a task because the truth is that the products of modern slavery are all around us. That’s why we created this a first-of-its kind interactive modern slavery map highlighting today’s most pressing cases of modern slavery and how our community can take action. With conscious consumption on the rise, lists abound with “ethical” and “sustainable” gift suggestions for friends and family. While we don’t have a list

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Banner that reads "sex workers' rights are human rights" Law & Policy
Thursday November 11, 2021

Freedom United responds to Australia’s Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination

Freedom United is concerned about Australia's Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations). Below is our submission to the government consultation. November 11, 2021 Dear Director, Online Safety Reform and Research Section: I am writing from Freedom United, an international anti-trafficking NGO, with regards to the Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021 consultation. While we believe in the importance of preventing and addressing online harms, including human trafficking, we are concerned about the potential for

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