On the Ground

Join us as we work alongside groups all across the world to build the movement to end slavery! Below are some upcoming and recent events on the ground – events to make people aware of the crisis of slavery, safeguard people at risk from trafficking, and build momentum for changes that will advance the worldwide fight to end slavery.

Recent Events

Indonesia – September, 2012 MTV Exit Youth Sessions in Indonesia

As we did in Vietnam earlier in the summer, Walk Free was part of a spectacular multi-media exhibition that shone a light on modern slavery using videos, music, installations, photography, and interactive activities. The aim of the sessions was to educate and inspire young Indonesians to become leaders in their communities in the fight against slavery and human trafficking.

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New York – September 6, 2012 Walk Free supporters talk to shoppers about Zara

We took to the streets of New York City to spread the word about our Zara campaign. Volunteers talked to shoppers out and about for Fashion’s Night Out about the industry-wide boycott of cotton from Uzbekistan picked with child slave labour. We asked shoppers to pose for a photo with a message for Zara – please join the boycott of slave cotton!
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Indonesia – September 1, 2012 Walk Free Mobilized MTV Exit Concert-Goers

Since the summer of 2012 Walk Free has been joining forces with MTV Exit, who do fantastic work through television programs, live events, and roadshows across Southeast Asia to raise awareness of the dangers of human trafficking and fighting modern slavery. Our work with MTV Exit continued in September, with a massive concert at Gasibu Bandung in Bandung, Indonesia. The concert, which featured Australian indie-rockers Expatriate and local artists, was attended by thousands of Indonesian music fans. The concert also aired live on the Global TV television network in Indonesia, after which viewers stayed tuned for the half-hour documentary Enslaved: An MTV Exit Special, hosted by Celebrity Ambassador Dian Sastrowardoyo.

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Indonesia – August 31, 2012 IOM works with Indonesian Government to launch Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Materials

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Indonesia worked closely with the Government of Indonesia, the U.S. State Department’s J/TIP Office, Walk Free, and numerous local partners to create engaging counter-trafficking content—including comics, posters, and a documentary film—targeted at Indonesian youth. The IEC materials were unveiled at a public event for over 3,000 West Java youth, hosted at the Sabuga Bandung convention hall by two local groups, the Board of Women Empowerment and Family Planning (BPPKB) West Java Province and Planning Generation (GEBER) West Java.

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Vietnam – July 2012 MTV Exit Roadshows

We hit the road with MTV Exit in July for a series of local village concerts in five provinces in rural Vietnam that are hit hardest by modern slavery. The Roadshows allowed young people throughout Vietnam to connect to the issue of modern slavery and to Walk Free, and featured awareness-raising activities coordinated by dozens of Vietnamese youth leaders.

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Philippines – June 15, 2012, 7:00am Walk for Freedom: Filipinos United against Trafficking in Persons

In June, Walk Free was on the ground in the Philippines, joining Filipino anti-trafficking group Visayan Forum for the Walk for Freedom. The Walk for Freedom mobilized at least 10,000 CSO leaders, volunteers, philanthropists, business leaders, community activists, law enforcers, government officials, politicians, victims themselves, and other stakeholders to take a final stand against trafficking and slavery. The campaign tapped into the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan” (heroism)—the traditional value of selflessness, creativity, belongingness, and unity in working towards a common cause. It invited individuals who had been immobilized by apathy to “walk with us” and help show the way for the emancipation of modern-day slaves. The Walk for Freedom assembled at Yakal St. and marched toward Ayala Avenue, culminating at Ayala Triangle in front of the Ninoy Aquino Monument in Makati City Central Business District in Manila.

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Vietnam – May 26, 2012 Walk Free Mobilized MTV Concert Goers

Walk Free began its partnership with MTV Exit with a massive concert at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 40,000-plus concert-goers enjoyed the music of Canadian rock group Simple Plan, Korean pop sensations Brown Eyed Girls, Australian recording artist Kate Miller-Heidke, and local favorites Buc Tuong and My Tam, clapping their Walk Free thundersticks between songs and watching graphics of Walk Free members’ names and faces from around the world. In Hanoi, Walk Free’s message was carried by Walk Free Ambassador Ta Thuy Minh, a Vietnamese TV personality, who took to the stage to share the story of how she became an anti-slavery advocate. Minh urged the audience to join the global movement to fight slavery and human trafficking – and called upon concert-goers with smartphones to open the phone up and join Walk Free on the spot, with thousands taking action from within the concert venue.

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Vietnam – May 21, 2012 MTV Exit Youth Sessions

In May, we were part of a spectacular multi-media exhibition that shone a light on modern slavery using videos, music, installations, photography, and interactive activities. The aim of the exhibition was to inspire young Vietnamese to become leaders in their communities in the fight against slavery and human trafficking.

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