Peggy Callahan is Co-founder and Executive Producer of Free the Slaves and is regarded as the world’s premiere filmmaker on modern slavery. Ms. Callahan is a critically acclaimed television producer with more than 20 years experience [wow—she's old] in documentary, non-fiction series and television news. At Free the Slaves she has documented modern day slavery around the planet and created the world's largest free video library on the subject. Her documentaries on modern day slavery have been broadcast domestically and internationally. Most major networks and media outlets have used video and stills shot by Ms. Callahan. Before ditching TV for slavery, [what does that say about television?], Ms. Callahan was a reporter, then went on to Supervise or Executive Produce for many outlets including PBS, Discovery Health and Oxygen. In a delusional moment—which lasted a few years—Ms. Callahan went back to news as the Deputy Bureau Chief at Fox News Channel bureau in LA, where she oversaw all aspects of news gathering and production in the 19 Western states for the 24-hour news channel. Ms. Callahan has won many media awards covering a range of national and international social justice issues. Her awards include the Golden Mike Award, the National Headliner Award, the Oppenheimer Award for Excellence in Children’s Programming and the Best of the West Award. She is affiliated with the Directors’ Guild of America.
Peggy Callahan on location in Brazil Dear Colleagues and Friends along the Journey – I had the luxury of swimming in wonderful memories this morning. Memories that are sweet; transcendent even. Memories of hard work and fear and triumph. Memories of being brought to my knees by the sheer grace and majesty in the eyes of the people I met in so many remote villages — usually after being stuck in the mud. Why is it that fighting slavery seems... Read More
Free the Slaves' new Executive Director: Indika Samarawickreme Free the Slaves has a new leader! Indika Samarawickreme has joined us as our new executive director. Indika brings more than 20 years of international experience as a leader and strategist. She has managed multi-million dollar programs, budgets and staffs for Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofits. She brings a global perspective, having worked in program development in Africa,... Read More
Grammy-winning singer Jason Mraz to perform live at Freedom Awards and Freedom Rocks Jason says Free the Slaves “kick-started my heart.” He came with us to see slavery in Africa and meet child slavery survivors. You can see him perform the inspiring song, “Freedom,” with video of freed child slaves as his back-up chorus. Jason’s uplifting music has made him a global superstar. He has been honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and his... Read More