“When we embrace our common humanity and stand up for the dignity of all people, we realize the vision of a world that is more caring and more just – a world free from slavery. That is the vision that inspired generations of abolitionists who have preceded us.” – Secretary John Kerry, Remarks at the Release of the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was inaugurated as a museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating abolitionists, both those from the Underground Railroad in the 19th Century, and those who work in the growing anti-slavery movement today. With this broad and compelling mission in mind, the Freedom Center has partnered with the United States State Department to create a resource for the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes. This select group of people consists of those who have been given a “Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery” Award, which is presented alongside the release of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in Washington, D.C. each year.
These TIP Report Heroes are modern abolitionists, fighting on the ground for freedom and against slavery. Whatever continent on which they work, and whatever type of slavery they combat, they form a worldwide network of people who are passionately and tirelessly pursuing a world free from enslavement. The Freedom Center has, with this in mind, created a website which is hosted here. This website highlights the work of each hero by providing them with a profile page where the public, both locally, nationally, and internationally, can get to know who they are and what they are doing. The pages are paired with resources that are about the Hero and their work, including resources that have been provided by the Heroes themselves.
The Freedom Center believes ardently that these individuals are true heroes, and the TIP Report Heroes Global Network website helps our country and our world to recognize them as such, and to continue to celebrate their achievements even years after they have been given their award.