June 24, 2024

Students from Around the World Take Action to Fight Modern-Day Slavery on #CNN’s 8 Annual #MyFreedomDay

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Students from Around the World Take Action to Fight Modern-Day Slavery on #CNN’s 8 Annual #MyFreedomDay

Students from Around the World Take Action to Fight Modern-Day Slavery on #CNN’s 8 Annual #MyFreedomDay

ATLANTA, GA – March 14 is CNN’s #MyFreedomDay. Now in its 8 year, the day will see students from more than 100 countries raise awareness of modern-day slavery, focusing on forced child labor and the more than 3 million children made to do jobs most adults would struggle to endure.

Thousands of students from schools from all over the world, from Colombia to Laos, Madagascar and the Maldives, will show their support for victims and their aversion to this form of slavery by hosting on-campus events including assemblies, workshops, mural paintings, film shoots, bake sales and various other fundraising activities for their local anti-trafficking organizations.

Throughout the day, the CNN Freedom Project will highlight some of these creative, student-led events, and also document real stories of children toiling in the mines, fields and factories around the world. Stories of forced child labor from Brazil, India, Nepal and the United States, will be featured on CNN International’s programming.

People all over the world are encouraged to participate by posting to social media, using the hashtag #MyFreedomDay, which will be featured on CNN’s #MyFreedomDay microsite,

The site will also offer interactive content and education tools for students and broader audiences worldwide to support them in their efforts to join this cause.

Students from Around the World Take Action to Fight Modern-Day Slavery on #CNN’s 8 Annual #MyFreedomDay

Leif Coorlim, executive editor of the CNN Freedom Project, said: “To witness students from all over the world mobilize to raise awareness of forced child labor is inspiring and gives us hope for the future. These children realize that the fortunes of too many children around the world are very different from their own, with more than 3 million children currently forced to work in dangerous or exploitative conditions. Since CNN launched #MyFreedomDay in 2017, I’m continually impressed by the bright ideas and bold actions students around the world come up with to fight modern-day slavery.”

About The CNN Freedom Project

The CNN Freedom Project produces original reports, articles, and documentaries on human trafficking in all of its forms – from debt bondage in India to sex trafficking rings in Southern California and African slaves in the Sinai desert. Since its launch in 2011, the multi-award-winning CNN Freedom Project is among the most successful and highly visible programming initiatives on CNN International. It has generated more than 1,000 investigative stories of modern-day slavery from across six continents. Various NGOs report that these CNN Freedom Project stories have contributed to changing laws and corporate policies, led to more than 2,000 survivors receiving assistance and sparked more than $25 million in donations to anti-trafficking organizations.

About CNN Worldwide

CNN Worldwide is the most honored brand in cable news, reaching more individuals on television and online than any other cable news organization in the United States. Globally, CNN International is the most widely distributed news channel. CNN Digital is the #1 online news destination, with more unique visitors and video viewers than any other news source. The award-winning portfolio of CNN includes non-scripted programming from CNN Original Series and documentary feature and short films for broadcast, streaming and distribution by CNN Films across multiple platforms. CNN programming can be found on CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN en Español channels, on the CNN Originals hub on discovery+ on HBO Max and for pay TV subscription via CNN.com, CNN apps and cable operator platforms. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with over 1,000 local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is a division of Warner Bros. Discovery.

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