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(1) Learn About Modern Day Slavery

http://www.freetheslaves.net/

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/

https://www.walkfree.org/

http://www.antislavery.org/english/

http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang–en/index.htm

http://endslaverynow.org/learn

Global Slavery Report (2014)
http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/

Watch Videos
http://www.freetheslaves.net/building-awareness/videos/

Read Books: For Example, Books by Kevin Bales, Founder of Free The Slaves

(2) Learn About Supply Chains and the Role They Play in Promoting or Decreasing Slavery

Know The Chain is a resource to promote greater transparency and dialogue around issues of slavery in supply chains.”

https://www.knowthechain.org/

(3) Discover your slavery footprint: 
How many slaves work for you?

http://slaveryfootprint.org/survey/?gclid=CMvZv_C81cQCFdcSgQodsGoAqw

(4) Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

The Bureau of International Affairs maintains a list of goods and their source countries which are suspected of exploiting child labor or forced labor.

http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/

(5) Take Action 

http://www.freetheslaves.net/category/become-an-abolitionist/

http://www.antislavery.org/english/what_you_can_do/default.aspx

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/category/how-to-help/

http://www.polarisproject.org/take-action/action-center

http://endslaverynow.org/act

http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/help/

(A) Become a more conscientious consumer.

What about Boycotts?

from http:www.antislavery.org

“Anti-Slavery very rarely, if ever, joins the calls to boycott specific companies, goods or countries.”*

“Boycotts can actually make the situation worse and undermine the economy of an already poor country. They could hurt those employers making their employees work in slavery-like conditions but they could also hurt those who are not exploiting their workers, and worsen the poverty that is one of the root causes of the problem.”*

“However, we do call for a boycott of the cotton from Uzbekistan. In this particular case the boycott of a state-sponsored system of forced labour is not likely to make the situation worse for those affected by it.”

*From Anti Slavery International:
http://www.antislavery.org/english/slavery_today/slavery_and_what_we_buy/default.aspx

 So, one alternative to boycotts is to demand that companies treat their workers with dignity, guarantee safe environments and pay for their workers. This includes holding companies responsible for their supply chains. 

One way to support this is to buy Fair Trade Certified Products.

“Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. We help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.” (Fair Trade USA)

http://fairtradeusa.org/what-is-fair-trade

Ethical Trading Initiative

http://www.ethicaltrade.org/

The Green Pages: Green America Certified Companies

http://www.greenpages.org/

Equal Exchange

http://equalexchange.coop/

Fair Trade International

http://www.fairtrade.net/

Goodweave: Working to End Child Labor in the Carpet Industry:

http://www.goodweave.org/home.php

(B) Write to elected officials and tell them you want a law like the The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657).

To contact your State’s Governor

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors.shtml

For members of Congress

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml

(C) Start a petition on Change.org or sign a petition

http://freedomcommons.ijm.org/

http://www.antislavery.org/english/campaigns/default.aspx

https://madeinafreeworld.com/action

http://www.change.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=child+slavery

(D) Donate to Organizations that Fight Modern Day Slavery

http://www.antislavery.org/english/donate/default.aspx

https://www.freetheslaves.net/donate/

http://www.one.org/us/

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/

https://madeinafreeworld.com/donate/

(E) Donate To Organizations that Help People Around the World

KIVA 

KIVA Provides Micro Loans
Lend money to help provide loans for people who want to start or improve a small business. You can choose the project you want to help fund. You can start with $25. Go to Kiva’s website and learn about their work.

http://www.kiva.org/

The American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

https://ajws.org/

” [AJWS] combine[s] the power of our grants to human rights advocates in developing countries with our efforts to persuade the United States government to adopt laws and policies that benefit people in the developing world.

Through our grants, AJWS provides financial support to more than 500 local advocacy organizations in 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean that are working to end poverty and advance the rights of some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world. Unlike most funders, AJWS recognizes the central role of local people in solving the problems they experience. We trust local advocates to develop and carry out their own solutions to build more just societies.

In the United States, AJWS mobilizes its supporters to persuade the United States Congress and the President of the United States to adopt policies and laws that improve the lives of people in the developing world.” (From https://ajws.org/who-we-are/)

 [AJWS] KEY CONTRIBUTIONS

AJWS supports more than 500 social change organizations around the world…Some of the ways [AJWS has] made a difference:

OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO DISASTER RELIEF

OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROMOTING SEXUAL HEALTH AND RIGHTS
OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROMOTING CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROMOTING LAND AND WATER RIGHTS

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