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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: Our mission is INSPIRE millions of people to become lifelong abolitionists, then MOBILIZE them to INFLUENCE governments, business and society to make the changes necessary to end modern slavery.

Target demographics: 40.3 million people in modern slavery

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Freedom United reduces demand for modern slavery by inspiring global society to become life-long abolitionists through learning and sharing knowledge. We channel that commitment to anti-slavery organizations through giving, and taking actions that call on governments and companies to end modern slavery.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I never knew about modern slavery until a friend told me about Freedom United. I was surprised to learn about all the different ways people are trafficked and that it happens in the United States. Now that I know, Freedom United keeps me informed with current news and updates on the work they do. I know that my donation is making a difference, because I can see exactly what they're doing around the world to fight slavery. I'm definitely a fan.

Elizabeth T.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before I heard about Freedom United I wasn't aware much about modern slavery and its global scale. Now, when I do, I feel grateful knowing there is an organization as Freedom United who strives to build the world without a place for slavery and helps to educate people.

I appreciate this organization not only for their actions but also for the approach to work. Each of the team members I had the opportunity to work with is determined and passionate about what they do and all of them possess wonderful personal qualities.

It was a pleasure working with Freedom United and I'm glad I was a part of this cause. From now onwards will continue contributing as a supporter.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the work this charity does. Life is the gift of the Creator and it should never be for sale. Go brave and strong Freedom United. You inspire us.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating towards this cause since 2017 and I have no regrets. I knew nothing really of human trafficking and modern slavery and was shocked by how widespread it is and the horrors of what it does to people. I found Freedom United and I kept getting more and more drawn to their campaigns and what they are actively doing to stop it. Apart from their informative webinars and blogs the direct contact with me was very warming. Congrats team you convinced me and you can convince others. Please don’t stop.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What can I say. The work that this organisation does is absolutely amazing. We need to shake up society and take a stand on what really matters and I will continue to stay committed towards this cause. Not only have I been well-educated as to what really goes on with modern slavery on a global scale but the tools and resources are equally informative. Well done. Continue the good work Freedom United. :)

Payzee M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Freedom for almost a year. I have really enjoyed working with them, I have always felt so supported by Freedom, they have helped my campaign go so far. I did not have experience in this type of thing before, campaigning and I felt very lucky to be working along side Joanna and Miriam on this, they were helping me with comms and also reaching my supporters. I have worked with various nn profit organisations and Freedom truly stands out for me because of the way they work, their values and the support they give.

I had the opportunity to attend their board meeting and meet the rest of the team, it was an incredible experience and I really enjoyed learning more about the team and the way they work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's unthinkable that a person could be robbed of his or her freedom purely for another person's profit. Freedom United works to enact lasting policy change to ensure lasting freedom for each human. I'm excited about the work the organization does and humbled to be a small part of the huge momentum Freedom United has created and continues to create to eradicate modern slavery.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Freedom United is an amazing community of activists fighting against modern slavery in all its forms. What makes this organization incredibly unique is their "take action" campaigns, which use public petitions to collect signatures from people all over the world and demand change. As someone who worked with Freedom United's advocacy team for about 10 months, I can tell you that the staff are extremely dedicated to ending this global issue. I look forward to seeing how the organization continues to grow in the future!

Sumant S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What makes Freedom United special for me is two things: (a) it is an an organization that is tackling a massive, worldwide problem that many are not aware about (modern slavery) and (b) it does so by creating tangible policy change to prevent slavery from happening now and in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Freedom United is dedicated to its critical mission and uses creativity, social media and other forms of communication to unpack a complicated, systematic and at times confusing global problem: modern slavery. I support this organization because all forms of slavery represent abhorrent violations of fundamental human rights and the continued existence of modern slavery hurts all of mankind. FU’s focus on awareness—general public and government organizations—is likely the only way we will make real progress.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Too many of us do not have an awareness of modern day slavery and the role it plays in the goods and services we buy and consume. 40M people. As the Covid-19 crisis wears on, those who are most vulnerable are now at further risk. Freedom United is at the forefront of driving awareness for these issues and does an incredible job of helping us all TAKE ACTION. Thank you Joanna Ewart-James and the team at Freedom United

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience working with Freedom United as an Advocacy Intern in the summer of 2020! It was a pleasure to see first-hand all of the work that the Freedom United team puts into each of its campaigns to mobilize a united community against modern slavery. I was particularly impressed with the organization's ability to adapt to the remote work environment, since they were already accustomed to working across different time zones and hosting events with global partners even before the COVID-19 pandemic. I wholeheartedly endorse their work and will continue to take action by signing their petitions and attending their webinars.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a mother of (4) daughters and even being American, the thought that humans are being trafficked all over the world has been a fear of mine. I cannot even imagine what these living souls have gone thru. My heart goes out to them all! I am happy to contribute in any way I can to this highly rated non-profit organization. Sign petitions or donate. Have their voices be heard. I stand behind them (humans) in this fight against this injustice. Please do your part to assist as well...these lives need you too. *hug*

Also, thank you so much Freedom United for everything your team are doing, you're greatly appreciated. *hugs*

Donor

Rating: 5

Freedom United has taken the difficult challenge of exposing human rights violations in the world. They have helped shine a light on the cruelty, torture, and imprisonment of innocent people that countries and organizations have been executing.
Thank you for your tireless effort in this cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm grateful for the work Freedom United ist doing! They make it easy for me and others to help end unbearable suffering by signing petitions or donating money. I hope we will hear many successful stories from them. Each of us can contribute to that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Human trafficking is an issue that is historically difficult to tackle, but Freedom United takes the challenge head-on. Working both within the States and internationally to sponsor legislation built to tackle the causes of trafficking, Freedom United is an amazing organization that actually helps foster change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I have only volunteered with Freedom United for a short time, I am inspired by the successes of its campaigning and advocacy work. I am extremely grateful to support this team of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals, working together to mobilize a larger community to end the scourge on society that is modern-day slavery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in the mission.
I believe in the work.
The current administration will do wonders.

Sarah Nicole T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Joe and Anna are doing is great to watch. Very inspiring that this is all happening in Raleigh, NC.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A blessing! That sums it up! I love the mission and everything that this organization represents!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping end Human Slavery the world over! how can you not support that!?!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Freedom United is a great cause! End Human Trafficking Now!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that supports an important cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Joe's story of Freedom united is both captivating and informative. I did not realize how serious of an issue that modern slavery was and that attention needs to be brought to this issue. Freedom United does an excellent job of bringing this issue to light with real results from their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Pretty sure this org is a total scam. I got an email from this org with a very dubious text soliciting donations. No info on what they do, what the money is for etc. Very suspicious website and a lot of weird info on the internet about them.

They claim to be the biggest anti slavery org in the world, citing facebook likes, but they don't really seem to exist outside of their own website/social media pages. Really don't think anyone should donate to these probable scammers.

Here's the text of the email I got.

"Every day, children around the world find their dreams crushed by the reality of a life in slavery. If nothing changes, there is little hope for a better future.

Help us create the change they need. Donate today and help build a world where no child is enslaved.

For the next 48 hours, you can double your donation. Thanks to an anonymous donor, your gift will be matched!"

Comments ( 1 )

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FreedomUnited 04/29/2020

Hi Borisov, I am Joanna, Freedom United's Executive Director. I'm surprised to read you think we might be scammers. I can assure you that we're real - we were nominated for the Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery Campaigns Award this year in recognition of our impact fighting modern slavery around the world - you can read about it here: https://www.trust.org/i/?id=ca8abf3d-3cee-439d-a006-ae6747e19b4a If you'd like more information about us, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have personal connections with this organisation, but I am very grateful for the work they do. I devote most of my time to environmental work - www.eco.org.nz - but care a lot about human rights as well. This gives me a vehicle to add my voice to this cause of ending modern slavery. I appreciate the report backs on successes (and any failures).
I recommend that you support this organisation.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've supported Freedom United financially for several years. The work is essential and is resulting in positive change around the world. The vision of using technology and social media in this work is inspired. Freedom United is a great support to the local organizations, providing a platform and format for people all over the world to band together to effect change. In just a few years, Freedom United has become a media and communications hub for many supporters and freedom fighters to work together on a global basis. It's very cool to go to the website and see people from all over the world taking actions and supporting the work. We've known the US founders for several years, and can vouch for their commitment to the cause and determination to carefully manage and use any financial gifts they receive. They are continuing to innovate ways to educate, communicate, and support the fight against human slavery of all forms. We will continue to financially support Freedom United and encourage others to do the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently connected with Freedom United after hearing about the organization through some peers. I'm so glad to have found it. I've been working with them for about 6 months now, and it is awesome to see the work that they're doing across the globe to eliminate modern slavery in all forms. It is awesome to see how their efforts are making an impact with every dollar received and with every signature on a petition. They're changing lives one action at a time!

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I are Freedom Founders because we believe in what Freedom United is doing. At any one time, they are working with more than 50 organizations around the world to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. They make an impact with every single dollar we give. We know they are working hard to make a huge difference in the world and it feels great to be a part of that.

Edrice L. C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with this organization for several years. I am so thankful to be a part of this cause - being free is such an important human need for all of us. Keep up the good work.

G.Jocius

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member of Freedom United for a number of years now. I was first drawn to the organization because of the team's passion for addressing a complex and very challenging global issue. Over the years, I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and dedication of everyone involved, from volunteers to staff to the entire Freedom United community.

This organization is dedicated, hardworking and able to handle adversity and set-backs. As a Father of two young girls, I feel obligated to try to stop modern slavery. Freedom United is up to the challenge.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Finally a non profit that helps us all DO SOMETHING and not just donate to something! Too often I am pushed to give money that I assume is making good in the world but one I can't really see or comprehend. Freedom United is the first organization that leverages my ACTIONS and not just my money. I was able to make a difference right away and see that impact in the world. Because of Freedom United I've become an activist and not just a donor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known the founder and CEO of this organization for about five years. He is a very talented entrepreneur who can do just about anything he puts his mind to. He could be building a highly successful business and creating a lot of value for himself, but he has chosen to dedicate himself to one of the greatest causes of the 21st century, the eradication of human slavery and trafficking. How can you not get fired up about that? Joe is tackling this problem with passion, skill, determination and integrity. Part of tackling the problem is simply raising awareness and Freedom United is doing a lot to raise awareness that there are more than 35 million people in slavery today. Does anyone think this is acceptable. Apparently some do or would like to simply overlook it. Change does not happen without sustained public pressure to expose the evils of modern trafficking and slavery. Go Freedom United! Now more than ever we need this.

Joe S.7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of working with this organization since its inception. What's amazing about Freedom United is the truly collaborative nature of millions of people around the world raising up small non profits to do things unthinkable. It is the definition of the crowd in action.

1 Nick M.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Freedom United is the real deal. I've had a lot of personal experience working alongside their CEO, Joe Schmidt. Joe and his leader's have a true heart for human trafficking in all it's forms. Moreover, they're excellent, entrepreneurial, ethical, in everything they do. They've built an incredibly powerful organization that harnesses the voices of people all over the world to advocate human rights and abolish slavery.