Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dec 10: Freedom Friday

Freedom Fridays

In the time it takes you to read this email, as many as twenty vulnerable people somewhere in Asia will be sold into slavery: a victim of human trafficking. Sold into a factory to work 7 days a week, 14 hours a day. Sold onto a fishing boat for years of cruel mistreatment. Sold into a brothel to experience horrific violence and abuse.

None are paid for their work, and none are free to leave.

This is slavery.

How can you help?

December 10th, 2010 is Human Rights Day. To mark this day, do something that over 20 million people living in slavery today cannot do:
buy some freedom.

On 10 December, we are asking companies to either donate US$10 per staff member and buy them some freedom or give your employees a chance to buy some freedom for themselves.

Making freedom work in your organization.

You decide what form that freedom takes and who in your organization participates.

For some, US$10 might buy freedom from the computer for an hour or maybe a day. For others, it may buy a staff member out of a meeting or free him from photocopying. It is up to your organization to decide what works. Each person freed with your donation will be contributing to the fight against human slavery in Asia.

Check Out Some Creative Freedom Campaigns

Every bit counts.

Your US$10 per staff member donation will be part of a regional effort to stop slavery.

Donations can be used for something as powerful as safe transport for a victim of trafficking to a shelter, removing the risk of being caught and re-sold; something as simple as safe migration messaging that can prevent a person from being trafficked in the first place; or something as potent as moving a trafficking case through the courts to ensure that a criminal gets the punishment he deserves.

Whether you're 1 person, 50 people, or 5000 people, your contribution counts.

The funds raised on 10 December will be used by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and the international partners and NGOs they work with to combat human trafficking, rescue and rehabilitate victims of slavery, and break down the trade in human lives.



Need to understand the issue better?

Go to UNIAP's website.


Visit one of UNIAP’s partners, MTV EXIT and take a minute to watch this music video that highlights the issues of modern day slavery.

Thanking you in anticipation of making this heroic decision.

Jude Mannion,
Robin Hood Foundation Asia
021 434 464

Matt Friedman
Regional Project Manager,
The United Nations Inter Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP)

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