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An estimated 45.8 million people are in slavery worldwide.


In every country around the world, people are exploited against their willcontrolled 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!


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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Progress to end child marriage in New York

WIN! New York became the sixth state in the United States to pass a bill to end child marriage without any exceptions, meaning marriage before 18 is officially illegal! Our community made this happen by sending memos of support to the legislature, collecting petition signatures and working directly with survivor advocate Fatemah to escalate the campaign. You can read about Fatemah’s advocacy here  We also took action by tweeting at Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law just last month. This encouragement helped give the push needed and showed that this is an issue our community will not tolerate.     However, our fight is not over. There are still 44 states with legislation that allow children to marry!  Current laws allow children to enter into marriage, even though it creates a nightmarish legal trap for minors, given their limited legal rights. Further, underage marriage is a human rights abuse that destroys American girls' health, education, economic opportunities, and quality of life.      
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Progress to end child marriage in U.K.!

Good news! The U.K. has committed to raising the legal age of marriage to 18 in England & Wales, a crucial first step from the government. This follows an open letter sent to the government powered by more than 185,000 signatures on the petition spearheaded by Payzee Mahmod. Criminalizing child marriage will better protect children from forced child marriage. Let’s keep up the work! Read more here.
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