Jolene Smith is the CEO of Free the Slaves. Under Ms. Smith’s direction, Free the Slaves has grown to have programs in Ghana, Haiti, Nepal and Sudan in addition to its work in India and the United States, to conduct further groundbreaking research such as the first-ever study on modern slavery happening within the United States and to make available the world’s largest freely available video library of modern slavery in order to facilitate education on this issue. She has spoken out against modern slavery at venues throughout the United States, and has been quoted by various print, TV and radio outlets in the US and abroad, including CBS’ 48 Hours, Univisión, the Miami Herald, Talk Radio Johannesburg and various National Public Radio programs. Jolene has lectured at American University, Elon University, Miami University, Queens College, Trinity College, UCLA and Yeshiva University. Before launching Free the Slaves, Ms. Smith worked at the Center for International Policy and the Center of Concern, both in Washington, DC, and at Anderson Consulting in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she was a Notre Dame Scholar and a recipient of the National Security Education Program scholarship to study Quichua in Ecuador. She served briefly in the US Reserve Officers Training Corp and is a Qualified Paratrooper.
Dear Friends and Supporters, It all started around a kitchen table. It was the day that changed everything for me, and over time I came to see that it was the beginning of what would change everything for thousands of people in slavery, and would educate millions of people about the existence of this heinous crime. I remember looking at the individuals to my left and to my right and having one predominant thought: These people are crazy. My very next... Read More
CNN reporter Sara Sidner sat down with India's labor secretary to discuss the network's coverage of bonded labor. CNN’s coverage of anti-slavery efforts in Uttar Pradesh, India continued yesterday, with Indian Labor Secretary Prabhat C. Chaturvedi (shown in the video below) responding over use of the “S” word in the news reports. Secretary Chaturvedi disagrees with the use of the word “slavery” to define the problem of... Read More
There is so much news about slavery today—and the progress around the world to end it. We just had to find a way to keep you up to date. Without filling-up your inbox with e-mails. So…the FTS blog will be the place you can find the very latest. Videos, news, success stories, journals from the frontlines, it’s all here. Our terrific 2010 Zimmerman Fellow, Anne Keehn, will bring you new offerings every day. The Free the Slaves website is still... Read More