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The launch of the Made in a Free World initiative [will] help buyers and suppliers identify and eliminate supply chain vulnerabilities, and demonstrate their commitment to combatting human trafficking…In addition, the faith-based community has been a leader in combatting human trafficking at home and around the world, raising awareness and providing services. The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will focus its efforts on the issue of trafficking and identify opportunities to expand partnerships with faith and community-based groups.

Fact Sheet: the Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad www.whitehouse.gov

“It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health an…

"One of the largest reasons why victims of trafficking and prostitution stay in their exploitative situation is because they are seen by the public as “dirty” women who chose to sell their bodies.  The reality is that the overwhelming majority of women are tricked, manipulated, or forced into prostitution by their circumstances (poverty/addiction), and want to get out.  We, however, tend to judge them and shun them instead of loving them.  The women are not the criminals—the men who purchase them and the people who traffick them are the criminals.”

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TAKE ACTION: National Call-in Day to Pass the TVPRA on September 4!

"Abolitionists around the country have been advocating for the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) – bi-partisan legislation that will sustain life-saving programs that fight human trafficking at home and abroad.

This legislation must pass before Congress adjourns at the end of the year. On September 4, IJM, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), and abolitionists around the country are mobilizing for the National Call-In Day to Pass the TVPRA!

There are many issues competing for your Senators’ attention right now, so they need to hear from constituents who care about ending modern-day slavery to make the TVPRA a priority. Let’s work together to generate 3,000 calls – from all 50 states. Will you help us?

It only takes a few minutes to make a call - they even provide a script for you! Even though I am sick and have a sore throat I took five minutes to call my two senators - if I can do it, so can you!

slaveryfootprint:

Two weeks ago, Slavery Footprint embarked on our first ever social media campaign. We challenged our supporters to send 1,000 notes in 7 days to various apparel brands, asking them to investigate their supply chains for slave labor. We were absolutely blown away by the response. Not only did you hit the 1,000 mark, you nearly tripled it! 

By sending these notes to our favorite brands, we’re sending a very clear message: Consumers want the ability to buy products made without slave labor. There is an untapped market of individuals who want to give their dollars to companies that share their same values- values that include freedom and choice for those working within their supply chains. We are championing a world where our favorite products are untainted by slavery - and it’s a solution that is garnering quite a bit of attention.

In a recent article published in the Atlantic, Isabella Bennett asks a compelling question. How often do we see a note that the ingredients in your grocery cart were harvested freely by people being compensated for their work? The Humane Association has trademarked the “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer and but does such tagline exist for cruelty to people?

She goes on to state that, “As consumers become more conscious of their purchases, a label on a box that distinguishes their product- ‘This company and its supplies submit to third-party audits on its labor standards’- would go a long way.”

Lucky for us, such a distinction exists. It’s called Made In A Free World and because of YOU, we’re one step closer to seeing that label in the marketplace.

Check Out Our New Website BeTheirFreedom-United

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Set up a profile, chat and connect, meet new people with the same heart for justice, and join the conversation in our forums. Submit videos and use your voice to raise awareness, blog about the issue, become a part of paintings for  human trafficking, and more; in a collaborative effort to raise awareness of slavery and sexual exploitation worldwide.  

I was getting really bothered by all the negativity and cynicism regarding the Kony 2012 campaign, and then I got in the car to drive and this was the first song on the radio. I’d never heard it before, but Sara Groves is on of my favorite artists, and this is a beautiful song about freedom. It was another perfectly timed reminder from God to keep going when the world tries to bring you down. No power on earth can separate us from the love of God. One day He will break all chains and free the enslaved and oppressed. We have hope.

Paul and Silas, bound in jail, 
Got no money for to go their bail, 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

Paul and Silas thought they’d lost, 
The dungeon shook and the chains fell off, 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

Freedom’s name is mighty sweet, 
and one day soon we are gonna meet. 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

Got my hand on the Gospel plow, 
Won’t take nothing for my journey now. 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

The way is slow, 
And we’ve so far to go. 
Keep your eyes on the prize… 

Hold on. 

Only chain a man can stand 
Is that chain of hand in hand, 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

Ain’t no man on earth control 
The weight of glory on a human soul. 
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. 

Keep your eyes on the prize… 
Keep your eyes on the prize… 

When you see a man walk free, 
It makes you dream of Jubilee. 

When you see a child walk free, 
It makes you dream of Jubilee. 

When you see a family free, 
It makes you dream of Jubilee. 
Keep your eyes on the prize, 
Hold on.

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