Thursday, 28 April 2011

Dear friends

Choco-coat your tweets this Easter and help end child slavery in the chocolate industry!
This Easter we're launching our new 'choco-coat' campaign to raise awareness of child slavery in the Ivory Coast's cocoa industry.

Using the choco-coat twitter app you can write rude and silly tweets for your mates and transform them into something sugary sweet. When your friends receive their choco-coated tweets they will see what you really said about them and can find out more about our campaign.

What has this got to do with ending child slavery in the chocolate industry? Well… cocoa traders operating in the Ivory Coast (who buy cocoa from small farms where children in slavery are commonly found and sell it onto the chocolate brands we all know) often choco-coat their words in terms of the little they do to end child slavery. We need to bring the cocoa traders out of the shadows and make them more
accountable for child slavery.

Get choco-coating and pass in on!

Find out more about child slavery in the cocoa industry and take action to send a letter to cocoa traders here.

Our Director's marathon challenge

He did it! In spite of the knee injury incurred during the run Aidan, Anti-Slavery's director, somehow dragged himself over the line and finished the London Marathon last Sunday.

You can read about how it went on his blog here, and you can still sponsor him from your mobile by texting AIDAN to 70303 for a £3 donation.*

If you would like to become an Anti-Slavery runner yourself then just email Jakub Sobik at We still have places for the Great Manchester Run on 15th May and other runs too!

* The donation will cost £3 plus a text message at the standard rate. Anti-Slavery International (Registered Charity 1049160) will receive a minimum of £2.60 from each text. Please make sure that you have the bill payer's permission before making this donation. Campaign ends 30th April 2011.

New Anti-Slavery film: 'Cost of Living'

Watch our shocking new short film uncovering the trafficking of Nepali migrant workers into the Middle East. This film was made in partnership with the ITUC, directed by Pete Pattison and narrated by actor Hugh Quarshie.

Watch it on our You Tube channel here

EVENT: Ending Domestic Slavery, 14th May, Liverpool

Please join our fantastic panel to find out more about domestic slavery and human trafficking, and how you can support the Home Alone campaign. Speakers include:

• Louise Ellman MP and member of Parliamentary Trafficking group
• Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International
• Pete Pattison, Photographer
• Marissa Begonia, Justice for Domestic Workers

Date & time: Saturday 14th May, 2 - 4.30pm (free refreshments and Home Alone exhibition viewing from 2pm, panel discussion at 3pm)
Venue: International Slavery Museum (4th floor conference theatre), Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AX
Registration: This event is free but please email Sam Turner at to register

Help our partner in Peru win the Global Giving fundraising competition

Our longstanding partner in Peru, AGTR, runs 'La Casa de Panchita' which offers crucial support to child domestic workers. Due to funding cuts they urgently need our support to ensure they stay open and can continue to help vulnerable children escape 14 hour working days, avoid abuse, attend school, and earn fair pay.

They are currently entered into Global Giving's online Fundraising competition to win a $2000 prize. Right now they are in an amazing 2nd place but they need just 25 more donors of $10 or more (approx £6) to win before 30th April when it closes. Please click here to help.

Thank you for your support in the fight against slavery.

Gemma Wolfes
Campaigns & Outreach Officer