Activist Stories


November 15, 2019 Celia Williamson Story

"A Seat at the Table"

Dr. Celia Williamson's book is an inspiring blueprint for any modern-day abolitionist. It is the true story of an African American girl born in a poor neighborhood in Toledo, OH who grew up to become an internationally renowned academic and anti-trafficking activist.

January 21, 2019 End Slavery Now Opinion

Modern Day Enslavement and the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21st, 2019 is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. Since 1994 it has been a National Day of Service. This year, consider MLK Day a "day on, not a day off."

December 28, 2017 Dorchen Leidholdt Spotlight

The New Abolitionists

America has a new generation of 21st century abolitionists, women and men committed to ending human trafficking here in our country and everywhere. This gallery of portraits celebrates New Abolitionists and their determination to end slavery once and for all in our lifetimes.

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October 21, 2020 Earl Lewis 4965

Ending the Third Slavery

In 2016, Dr. Earl Lewis convened a meeting on slavery among 40 principle collaborators—scholars, organizations, and instiutions—at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Out of this meeting came the "Slavery and Its Aftermath" initiative at the Center for Social Solutions. This project aims to tackle America’s original sin—slavery.

October 09, 2020 End Slavery Now 4965

More Harm Than Good: Online Rumors and the Fight Against Modern-Day Enslavement

During the summer of 2020 rumors about human trafficking spread on social media like wildfire. They implicated celebrities like Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres, as well as the online home-goods retailer Wayfair. These rumors are unfounded.

January 08, 2021 Tifany Boyles 4965

A Case Study On Sex Trafficking Prevention

In this article with End Slavery Now, the case is made that prevention is the forgotten “P” in the anti-human trafficking agenda.[1] To shift that narrative, End Slavery Now published the first article (Arming Women in the Quest to Prevent Trafficking).[2] of a two-part case study last year to follow a pilot program on human trafficking prevention. This is article two of that series with a year of reflection and an abundance of lessons learned to share.