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Friday January 10, 2020

Debunking common myths about human trafficking

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Freedom United is raising awareness this January by debunking some common myths about human trafficking and modern slavery. Human trafficking is one form of modern slavery amongst others, such as debt bondage, forced marriage, and child slavery. According to the Palermo Protocol, trafficking is defined as “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons […] through threats, use of force or other forms of coercion […] for the purpose of exploitation. The Global Slavery Index estimates that

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Forced Labor
Wednesday December 18, 2019

International Law on Forced Labor (C29)

International Labour Organization (ILO) Forced Labour Convention 29 (C29) was introduced in 2014 to update the outdated 1930 Forced Labour Convention No. 29. How did the Forced Labour Protocol come about?  International laws against forced labor have actually existed for more than 90 years. The Forced Labour Convention of the International Labour Organization (C29) was created back in 1930 to protect workers around the world. But according to estimates, more than 40 million people today still live in modern-day slavery. The Convention didn’t achieve its goal. It has outdated language,

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What Londoners think Law & Policy
Tuesday December 17, 2019

Could you live on £37.75 ($49.69) a week? The public reacts

We want to know what you think – leave your thoughts in the comments below! Migration is a natural part of human existence with 258 million migrants in the world today – people who have crossed international borders in the pursuit of work, love, opportunities, and safety. To mark International Migrants Day 2019, Freedom United asked people on the streets of London what they think about

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Forced Labor
Thursday December 12, 2019

Latin American countries discuss national commitments to end forced labor

Freedom United promoting global standards in New York Campaign Update November 16, 2020: Costa Rica has officially ratified the Forced Labour Protocol Statment from Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Rodrigo Carazo Zeledón: Last year on the ocassion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Costa Rica made a firm commitment to fight against modern slavery and forced labour in our country by accepting Freedom United's call to action to ratify the International Labour Organization's Forced Labour Protocol. I am proud to say that last week, Costa Rica became

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Monday November 25, 2019

A First for Freedom United

Our inaugural fundraising dinner, The STAND Gala, exceeded expectations earlier this month in Raleigh, NC.  What do you usually do on a Friday night in early November? It’s too far from the holidays and prime time for avoiding responsibilities. After a long week and overcast day, with the sun down early and a chill wind settling in, you could be forgiven for gorging on takeout and staying rooted between your couch and TV.  But on the night of November 15, 2019, hundreds of people in Raleigh, in the United States, did the exact opposite.    They shrugged off

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