Bearing Witness to Modern-Day Slavery

Peggy Callahan co-founded Free the Slaves, one of the leading anti-slavery organizations on the planet, and set about building a movement in a world where many people still believe that Abraham Lincoln ended slavery.Why did you start Free the Slaves?We started Free the Slaves to end slavery. Finally. Forever. I appreciate that this sounds simplistic or perhaps naïve. It is audacious, and it is possible. The laws are in place and getting stronger. There are no huge populations defending the right to have slaves, as there were in the 1800s. And no country’s economy is dependent on slave labor. The time is right - which is good thing, because we’re impatient. Was it hard getting people to “see” that slavery exists?In the beginning we looked like we had lost our minds telling folks that there were more slaves today than at any other time in human history ― 27 million to be exact. Free the Slaves had great, credible research to help convince people that there was a problem. Next we began building a video library that we share freely with the media so they can help tell the story to millions of people. We wan …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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