Slavery Today

A look at modern day slavery.

During the holiday of Passover, we celebrate the freedom of the Jewish people from the bonds of slavery in Egypt. We commemorate their journey and retell the account of their trials and travails.

But today, there are still more than 27 million slaves around the world. Modern slavery has caused men, women, and children to work as agricultural laborers, sweatshop workers, prostitutes, and domestic workers. In America alone, there are about 50,000 slaves trafficked in or out of the country every year.

We tell the stories of those currently enslaved, speaking for them, with hopes that one day we can celebrate Passover with peace of mind, knowing that all people are free. Below are numerous organizations working to free the millions of slaves around the world.

Free The Slaves
Free the Slaves liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives, and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.

Polaris Project
Polaris Project’s vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.

American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.

The American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) is a nonprofit organization that works with former victims of human trafficking to abolish modern-day slavery, focusing primarily on systems of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.


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