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ABOUT WALK FREE MOVEMENT

WalkFree.org began under the auspices of the Walk Free Foundation, which also includes the Global Slavery Index, Global Freedom Network and Global Fund to End Slavery. In four short years, WalkFree.org has grown to a global community of over 8 million people who have driven 32 campaign wins and held over 200 offline events. Partnerships have been formed with almost 50 likeminded organisations and 7,000 Freedom Leaders have been inspired to hold their own events, drive campaign petitions and provide their expertise to the global community.

With the achievement of its initial mission to mobilise a global community, WalkFree.org is now moving onto its next challenge. In 2016, leadership was handed over to U.S.-based Audacity Factory, an accelerator and collaborative focused on ending modern slavery. Through initiatives like EndCrowd, a platform to leverage crowdfunding to promote anti-slavery campaigns, Audacity Factory has successfully partnered with some of the world’s top anti-slavery organizations.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please email info[at]walkfree.org.

Our Team

"Ending slavery is an ambitious goal that can seem unachievable at times, but thanks to the passion and commitment of my colleagues, and millions of supporters across the world, I truly believe that we can make this goal a reality."
Kate, Community Engagement Manager
"Working at Walk Free is a refreshing experience, it is dynamic and fast paced, with passionate people as the driving force behind it all. I have been able to take on professional challenges while also feel like I am creating real change in the world."
Eugenia, Advocacy Officer

The Walk Free Team

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Joanna Ewart-James

Advocacy Director

UK

Joanna leads the Walk Free Movement ensuring we work together in the most effective way possible, so that the Movement has the biggest impact possible in the fight against slavery. Joanna joined us from Anti-Slavery International, where she led business engagement. There she created the popular productsofslavery.org site, established the Staff Wanted Initiative and lobbied for the adoption of anti-slavery laws. Joanna has also worked in the UK Foreign Office, academia and philanthropy managing multi-million dollar budgets to support human rights organisations globally. Joanna holds an MA in Human Rights.

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    Joanna Ewart-James

    Advocacy Director

    UK

    Joanna leads the Walk Free Movement ensuring we work together in the most effective way possible, so that the Movement has the biggest impact possible in the fight against slavery. Joanna joined us from Anti-Slavery International, where she led business engagement. There she created the popular productsofslavery.org site, established the Staff Wanted Initiative and lobbied for the adoption of anti-slavery laws. Joanna has also worked in the UK Foreign Office, academia and philanthropy managing multi-million dollar budgets to support human rights organisations globally. Joanna holds an MA in Human Rights.

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    Joe Schmidt

    Chief Executive Officer

    USA

    Joe has spent the last 20 years in digital marketing both as an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded Canvas on Demand in 2003 and took it from a startup to the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. This earned him a spot as a finalist in the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    In September of 2010, Joe sold his company to online custom products leader CafePress. There he continued his role on the executive leadership team as its Chief Marketing Officer until 2013. It was then that he had his heart broken by the realities of modern slavery and left his director position to do something audacious for humanity–ending slavery.

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    Hoey Crain

    Chief Technology Officer

    USA

    Hoey is responsible for leading technology innovation, including website, communication, and application platforms. He joined the team with a background in managing technology for several American schools as well as for several large commercial businesses. He is passionate about using his expertise in technology to improve communication in order to reach more people in the fight against modern slavery. He has a Bachelor degree in Construction Engineering and Management.

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    Joanna Foss

    Director of Operations

    USA

    Joanna manages human resources, finance, project management, and partner relations. Prior to becoming part of the team, Joanna was involved in the anti-slavery movement for six years. Since she first researched instances of domestic and international human trafficking, she knew this was her calling. She believes that people are people, and should be treated as such—everyone is deserving of freedom. Joanna received her Bachelor degree in International Studies.

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    Wayne Kan

    Creative Director

    USA

    Wayne is the Creative Director of Walk Free where he leads all efforts behind creative and brand communications. He brings over a decade of experience in all types of cross-platform creative practices and leadership with a soft spot in his heart for advocacy and cause marketing. Prior to joining the Walk Free team, Wayne spent the better part of ten years jumping from one advertising agency to another throughout the east coast before settling in Baltimore for three years to brand and help launch a successful tech startup. Although he now calls Raleigh his home, he’s a native of Florida where he received his BFA from the University of Central Florida.

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    Kat French

    Senior Manager of Social Marketing

    USA

    Kat is responsible for managing branding, social content strategy, and the online community. Before joining the team, she was the social media manager for CafePress, the world’s largest platform for crowdsourced custom products. Kat is passionate about using words and images to move people to follow their better nature and to connect with others who share the same ideals. Volunteering to help a local organization that serves women involved in the sex industry opened her eyes to the prevalence of modern slavery. She studied English with a writing emphasis.

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    Kate Harford

    Community Engagement Manager

    USA

    Kate works across the Advocacy and Marketing teams, managing the strategic engagement of the Walk Free Community and beyond. Previously Kate worked with Indigenous Hill Tribe Communities in Southeast Asia, on advocacy, social enterprise, and sanitation and health projects. It was here that she got her first glimpse of human trafficking, sparking her passion to join Walk Free. Kate has a Degree in Politics with honors from the University of Durham, UK, and a Masters of International Relations from the University of Western Australia.

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    Eugenia Afonso

    Advocacy Officer

    UK

    Eugenia works with our partners to encourage collaboration, form a knowledge-sharing network on campaigning effectively and show how the Movement can support their work. She authors and publishes our monthly Partner Network newsletter and helps organise our learning WebShares. Eugenia holds a master’s degree in demography from the LSE, with a focus on reproductive health. She has over six years working experience in the field of development, having worked on a range of issues through corporate, NGO and state-funded agencies. She is fluent in five languages and has worked in Africa, Australasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.

     

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    Zoe Birchall

    Advocacy Officer

    UK

    Zoe designs and carries out global campaigns across a range of modern slavery issues, and develops Walk Free’s campaigning partnerships across Europe. Prior to joining Walk Free, Zoe worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat, supporting the advancement of youth development policies across 53 countries, and Amnesty International, working on human rights campaigns in Qatar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Zoe completed her postgraduate degree in International Relations in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and her undergraduate degree in History at Cardiff University.

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    Jackie Schmidt

    Editor & Copywriter

    USA

    Jackie writes and encourages original content from experts and activists in the Movement, providing them guidelines that assure high standards, appropriate and sensitive content, and accurate information. In the last decade, Jackie gained knowledge and insight about human trafficking as she worked with humanitarian initiatives in the U.S., Hong Kong, India, Belize, and Mexico in both her career and as a volunteer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in writing and communication.

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    Lori Powell

    Executive Assistant

    USA

    Lori is responsible for coordinating executive resources. Prior to joining us, she was an attorney in the United Kingdom working mainly with children, both in domestic violence cases and in the Youth Criminal Court. Her first-hand experiences witnessing exploitation have made her committed to fighting for the vulnerable. After moving to the United States, Lori continued pursuing her passion of helping children through educational and non-profit roles. She joined WalkFree after learning about our work through friends. Lori obtained her Bachelor of Law (LLB) at London Guildhall University and subsequent admission to the Law Society in the UK.