Free the slaves is an international non-governmental organization that was established to combat modern-day slavery. Founded in 2000, this organization was earlier on working in collaboration with Anti-Slavery International, one of the oldest organizations fighting for human rights but unfortunately, they parted ways.
The organization is widely known by the abbreviation FTS.
The organization was formed when Dr. Kevin Bales was researching for his book, ‘Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Basically, Free the Slaves focuses its strategies around the world to empower people to meet their basic day-to-day needs. Just like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who founded Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, Free the Slaves came as a result of Dr. Bales’ book.
And its mission has been to free those trapped under slavery and to eradicate conditions that breed enslavement. FTS claims that slavery is brought about vulnerability. And to reduce this, Free the Slaves believes that respect of the rule of law, provision of adequate economic opportunities, availability of health services, and education for all will do the trick.
The organization helps communities map their ways to achieve freedom to work towards their unique needs. Among the lucky communities that have witnessed FTS agendas are India, Ghana, Nepal, Haiti, Senegal, and Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries have reported a prevalence of slavery cases, but the methods of trafficking vary from country to country.
In India, Free the Slaves honors individuals who are fighting this social menace. And the winners include Veeru Kohli in 2009 and Timea Nagy in 2012.
Many organizations and famous individuals have collaborated with Free the Slaves to steer its agenda of ending enslavement.
These celebrities include Jason Mraz, Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding who performed in one of the events organized by FTS. Spalding also helped to raise funds for the organization during her summer music tour.
Others who have shown their support include Camilla Belle, Forest Whitaker, Demi Moore and many others.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
As mentioned earlier, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund were founded by two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two are also the founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They dedicated settlement money they received after being arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the fund.
The money amounts $3.75 million which will be used to support organizations and groups that advocates for human and immigrant rights. The fund also aims to champion the freedom of speech and encourage public participation all over Arizona as well as ‘la linea fronteriza’ which is a Mexican border.