The Center's blog acknowledges contributions to the movement and applauds leadership, innovation, and best practices. We highlight individuals, agencies, companies, and collaboratives who have woven anti-slavery into their work. They are community organizers, students, prosecutors, doctors, corporate executives, activists, educators, legislators, investigators, and victim service providers. In their own ways, they all contribute to our shared vision, a world without slavery.

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Foot Solidaire - Protecting Young Football Players

By Yolanda Fair on Jul 25, 2012

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In many African nations, becoming a football star is the dream of many young athletes. From observing international stars such as Michael Essien of the Ghanaian National Team and Chelsea Football Club to watching the leaders of national teams in the Africa Cup of Nations, playing football is a goal of countless children. With a salary of more than $24.4 million for players like Essien, it is easy to understand why young players dream of football as avenue to escape poverty.


A New Day for Worker’s Rights

By Kavitha Sreeharsha on Jun 18, 2012

A New Day for Worker’s Rights


Trader Joe’s signs the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement

Feb 13, 2012

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Last Thursday, February 9, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced that Trader Joe’s had signed the Fair Food Agreement. CIW, through community organizing, advocates on behalf of Immokalee’s low-wage workers, most of whom are immigrants.


UCLA Law Review Symposium Engages the Racial Justice Community on Human Trafficking

Feb 06, 2012

On January 27-28, 2012, the UCLA Law Review and the UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Program hosted the symposium “Overpoliced and Underprotected: Women, Race, and Criminalization.”  The symposium convened national experts in the area of racial justice with an emphasis on the experience of girls and women of color in the criminal justice system. ...Continued

Corporate New Year's Resolution: Disclosure of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Jan 03, 2012

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Starting off the new year, the global community takes a big step forward in reducing slavery thanks to a new California law that has taken effect. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires companies with $100 million in revenue and doing business in the State of Californiato disclose efforts to eradicate human trafficking in their supply chains.


First class certification under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Dec 22, 2011

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In a step likely to have significant ramifications for trafficked persons in the United States, a federal judge allowed class certification for a group of people seeking civil relief under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act. This decision represents the first time that a civil case will proceed as a class rather than as individuals.


Victoria’s Secret reviewing slavery in its supply chains

Dec 19, 2011

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Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, the intimate apparel retailer, announced that it will investigate the use of child labor in its supply chains. ...Continued

Google’s Contributions to Anti-Slavery Efforts

Dec 15, 2011

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The news of Google’s $11.5 million donation to multiple organizations involved in anti-slavery efforts has made headlines worldwide. The Associated Press cited it as the “largest-ever corporate grant devoted to the advocacy, intervention and rescue of people being held, forced to work or provide sex against their will.”


Announcing the Global Freedom Center

By Kelly Heinrich on Dec 12, 2011

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Eleven years ago today the United Nations adopted the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. The Protocol served as the impetus for global coordinated efforts to address modern slavery otherwise known as human trafficking. On this day, while government condoned transatlantic slavery has been abolished, modern slavery also called human trafficking still persists in various forms by individuals worldwide. ...Continued