Walk Free Foundation

Walk Free Foundation
(2012; Perth, Australia; 90 Staff; walkfreefoundation.org)

The Walk Free Foundation seeks to “end modern slavery in our generation by mobilizing a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business, and raising capital to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today”. They “pioneer new approaches, invest in important projects and carry out research that reinforces the need for change and explains to others how they can make the greatest impact”. They also established the”world’s most comprehensive evidence-base of modern slavery – the Global Slavery Index”. This publication aims to uncover “the scale of the problem and enables robust solutions at a country level.” The first edition of their Global Slavery Index(2013) has country-by-country high and low estimates, with a total estimate of 29.8 million enslaved people worldwide. India has 13.3 to 14.7m enslaved, largely through debt bondage, and China has 2.8 to 3.1m, largely by forced labor and forced marriage.  20 staff, plus researchers and campaigners in the field.  [Note: The 2016 estimate is 45.8m enslaved people in 167 countries, not necessarily an increase, but probably due to better data.]


Leadership: Grace Forrest (Co-founder)

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