There are an estimated 35.8 million slaves in the world today—men, women and children forced to work and living in fear. Your voice can help bring them freedom.

The Freedom Commons helps you gather with others and take action to pass legislation in the U.S. and support U.S. leaders in the fight to end slavery and protect the poor from violence.

Whether you are an experienced advocate or just taking your first step, the IJM Government Relations and Advocacy team hopes The Freedom Commons empowers you to be an agent of change in your community and beyond. Get involved in your state and nationally, and find ideas for organizing your own campaigns as you mobilize others to advocate for freedom.

Join the movement! Create your Freedom Commons profile.

Why the name?

commons is a placed shared by a community of people, and holds a powerful place in the anti-slavery movement.

In the late 18th century, a group of like-minded individuals in London, England, came together with one goal: to abolish the slave trade. They met in a part of London known as Clapham Common, the home of group member William Wilberforce. Together, this network of family and friends worked to pass the Slave Trade Act of 1807, which banned the trans-Atlantic slave trade throughout the British Empire, and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which freed all British slaves.

In the same way the 18th century abolitionists gathered at Clapham Common to fight against slavery, modern-day abolitionists can meet at The Freedom Commons to gather, take action and bring freedom to the nearly 36 million people living in slavery around the world today.