June 13th, 2011
09:16 AM ET

iReporters making a difference

You don't have to be a celebrity activist like Demi Moore or Ashton Kutcher to make a difference in the fight to end slavery. Meet three iReporters who are doing their part:

Paper airplanes for freedom
iReporter Natalie Montanaro of Campia Turzii, Romania, used a butterfly on her airplane because “butterflies are held captive in the confines of their cocoons until the day they reach for the light of the world outside and set their wings to flight." She says, "Let us all try to somehow, some way, someday, find a way to end the suffering, oppression, shame, violence and atrocities" of modern day slavery.
June 3rd, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Paper airplanes for freedom

Dozens of you have taken a stand to end modern-day slavery. For the second Freedom Project iReport assignment, we challenge you to take the next step and spread the message even further.

Consider this:

-Each year, between 600,000 and 800,000 human beings are captured and transported across international borders.

-There are at least 10 million slaves in the world today.

-There are more slaves now than any point in human history.

Here's your assignment:

1. Build it. CNN is using the paper airplane as a symbol of the path towards freedom. We want you to make a paper airplane of your own. On one wing, write one of the three statistics above. On the other wing, write a message of hope for the victims. Then add your name.

2. Show it. Upload a close-up photo of your airplane on CNN iReport. Extra points if you also upload a video of your plane flying through the air.

3. Pass it on. Give your plane to a friend or a stranger. Encourage that person to write their name and pass it on to others.

The deadline is June 15. Check out the submissions we've received so far, then add your own. We look forward to seeing planes and messages from across the world and sharing them on CNN.

May 26th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

South Korea school takes a stand

An entire high school in South Korea is taking a stand to end slavery.

It started when Elizabeth Pruitt, an English conversation teacher at Yeong Gwang Girls High School in Gunsan, South Korea, and her co-teacher assigned their class to make group presentations about a current event. They pulled up CNN.com on a big screen to give them some project ideas.

One group of girls selected the topic of modern-day slavery right away. FULL POST

May 13th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Children take a stand to end slavery

When Illinois lawyer and mother Karen Riley Gilles saw a promo for The Freedom Project on CNN this spring, she saw a learning opportunity for the children in her mothers' group. She felt it was important for them to understand that oppression continues against kids who look just like them in other parts of the world.

The boys and girls she talked to in her west suburban Chicago chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a national mothers’ organization, may have been young - 4, 5 and 7 - but they were old enough to have heard the word "slavery."

"'I asked them if they knew the definition of slavery and it was no surprise that the first little girl to answer identified it as concerning the American slavery system of the 19th century," Gilles said. "I took several comments and added more definition before telling them that there are children today all over the world that are enslaved without any of the freedoms we enjoy."

"My next question was, 'Do you want to take a stand and help?' They all said 'Yes.'"

They took the iReport + GOOD challenge to take a stand to end slavery. Have you?

If you're a parent or educator interested in talking to children about modern-day slavery and the CNN Freedom Project, check out these questions and learning activities to help children understand the crisis and steps that can be taken to end it.

Taking a stand to end slavery
April 11th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

You are taking a stand to end slavery

Modern-day slavery is not often talked about, but we’ve learned that people all over the world are passionate about stopping the problem.

Last month, CNN iReport and GOOD asked readers and viewers to join the fight against human trafficking by taking a virtual pledge to end slavery.

We’ve received more than 100 pledges from people in dozens of countries. Of those, we’ve spoken to 50 submitters and found that our audience is committed to educating themselves and those around them about sexual exploitation and forced labor beginning with a simple message:

"I’m taking a stand to end slavery." FULL POST

iReporters take a stand to end slavery
Courtney Dickins (bottom row, middle) of Los Angeles, California, poses with her coworkers. "I hope that we can help get ... the voice we need to stand against slavery," she said. "It breaks my heart."
March 10th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

iReporters take a stand to end slavery

Over the next several months, the CNN Freedom Project will shine a spotlight on the horrors of human trafficking, highlight some of the success stories and share ways that everyone can make a difference.

CNN iReport and GOOD are partnering on a series of creative challenges that you can do to raise awareness about this crisis. For the first assignment, we’ve invited people to share a photo of yourself holding a sign that says “I’m taking a stand to end slavery” or a video with the same message.

It may seem small, but it’s a first step to gather what we hope will be a huge group of people around the world, all committed to spreading the word about an issue of which most of the public is unaware. Together, we hope to make a big difference in future Freedom Project challenges.

So far, iReporters in nearly 20 countries have taken the pledge. As Salome Van Leuven of Farnham, England, eloquently put it, the problem “will not be resolved if no one is aware of it.” She added, “a good campaign will make people start talking.”

How about you? Will you take a stand to end slavery? Take the pledge so you can take part in future Freedom Project challenges.