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Mom, There's a Slave in My Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Put on your running shoes. Stay hydrated. Pack lots of snacks -- and aspirin. That's right, back to school shopping is here! One of the most anticipated or dreaded end of summer rituals, depending on your persuasion. It is the age-old struggle of finding exactly the right outfit to make...

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Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Any federal contractor knows that the award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. A smoke-free, discrimination-free, and sexual harassment-free workplace to name a few. That is true whether you supply tomatoes, uniforms, IT services, construction, security or fighter jets. More...

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Slavery at the Super Bowl? 5 Helpful Facts for Fans

(8) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 9:38 AM

This Sunday, near 100 million Americans and others around the world will gather to watch Super Bowl XLVII. Human trafficking public awareness campaigns are in full swing, targeting the host city and event attendees, making the link between sporting events and human trafficking. These campaigns have provided many fans with...

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It's Human Trafficking Prevention Month, But Is Awareness Enough?

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:15 AM

With President Obama's proclamation of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, public awareness efforts are being conducted nationwide. When there are approximately 27 million people enslaved in the world, we can hardly ignore such a pressing human rights issue and awareness is an...

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Who Benefits From Modern Slavery? You Do

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 3:24 PM

Wait, what? In just two minutes, you will learn how slavery touches your life and what you can do about it. Watch this quick video about human trafficking and the Global Freedom Center. Then take action.

The facts are grim. Right now, 27 million people are enslaved around the world. They are in mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fishing vessels off the coast of New Zealand, garment factories in Jordan, the forests of Brazil, carpet factories in Nepal, agricultural fields of Florida, and everywhere in between. That means that slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you're wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.

Now step out the door into your neighborhood. Men, women, and children are held in domestic servitude; forced or sold into prostitution; and coerced into laboring in restaurants, janitorial services and other workplaces.

What many thought was either abolished or happening a world away from home, is closer than you think. Human trafficking is everywhere, touching everyone.

More bad news. Of the 27 million people enslaved, last year just 42,000 were identified -- that's less than 1 percent. Why? Until you know about it and know the signs to look for, human trafficking can remain hidden in plain sight. That means there are too many missed opportunities to identify a trafficked person. At least 27 million missed opportunities.

The Global Freedom Center wants you to be ready for them. Our 5/20 Campaign is training 5 million professionals by the year 2020 to identify and prevent human trafficking. We want you to be one of them, and to help us bring training to your organization or company.

Contact us to schedule training. Download a free ebook so that you know the signs. Share this video with friends and family. Give what you can - so that we can shrink that wide gap between the 27 million enslaved and the 42,000...

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Everything Is Made of China (Well, in China)

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:28 AM

2012-11-08-DSC_0182.JPG My four and 6-year-old children were happily splashing in the bath when they noticed the small print on their seahorse: Made in China. They methodically checked the frog, dolphin, great white shark and the rest of the marine ecosystem in our tub...

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Federal Contractors and Consumers Target of President's Speech on Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:18 PM

Written with my colleague and Global Freedom Center co-founder Kavitha Sreeharsha

Following the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Obama in a speech announced new efforts by the United States to address modern slavery. In an historic speech devoted entirely to the topic of modern...

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Siri, Do You Use Slaves?

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 6:20 PM

It's not often that I hear my topic come up on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. The clip begins focused on recent news of Chick-fil-A boycotts based on the CEO's anti-gay-marriage stance but then slides into a broader poking-fun moment around how living our values through our purchases...

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