By Maurice Middleberg
Free the Slaves Executive Director
It takes more than passion and indignation to eradicate the evil of slavery. It takes science. That's why Free the Slaves has developed our Community Based Model for Fighting Slavery. It's a four-step formula that guides our work to bring entire communities from slavery to freedom. It's one of the most important innovations of our first 15 years as an organization.
How does this formula work? Our newest animated video, released this month, takes you through the steps in an easy-to-understand way. In just three minutes, you'll see how Free the Slaves spreads freedom by applying the principles of social science, economics, community organizing, rights education and effective policing.
Free the Slaves began experimenting with community-based approaches from the moment we were born in the year 2000. Over the years, we've been able to formalize this model for change, spread it to programs in six trafficking hot spot countries, and begin rigorous scientific testing of its impact. So far, our approach has freed more than 10,000 people from slavery.
Take a moment to deepen your understanding of our front-line strategy by watching our latest video.
Our thanks to the many creative volunteers who donated or discounted their professional services to make this animated video possible! That includes Creative Director and Producer Neil DuFine, Presenter Matt Arden, Animation Artist and Video Editor Robert Burroughs, Music and Sound Effects Editor Kurtis Kwasny.