Sunday, July 24, 2011

Global Forum on Human Trafficking October 21-22

I had the chance to meet with Nathan Beeghley, Social Media Manager of Not For Sale, a couple of weeks ago. We had a nice breakfast in San Francisco and talked about some of the innovative things NFS is doing to combat slavery. For those who have not been to the Not For Sale website recently (, I say check it outright now, or right after finishing this blogpost. The site has evolved quite a bit over the last year and there are many new campaigns you can get involved with, such as the Free2Work, Free2Play, Free2Walk, NFS Academy and more.

We also spoke at length about the October 21-22 Global Forum on Human Trafficking taking place in Silicon Valley. This is where the movement to end slavery gets technical. There will be over 30 guest speakers, including co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey, and over 1,600 attendees. Today's leading abolitionists. innovators and activists will convene to discuss strategies and provide training on ways we can all participate to combat slavery. Like my Grandpa used to say, "Many hands makes light work."We all have a part we can play in ending modern slavery, the more we learn and the more who get involved, the quicker and easier it will become to end slavery.

Pre-registration is currently reduced to $129 right now. Plus, you can save an additional 10% off your registration when you use the code: ABOLITIONISTJB

Global Forum 2011 Promo from Hepburn Creative on Vimeo.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Looking for Guest Writers

I am looking for guest writers to help add beneficial content to AbolitionistJB and help spread awareness, news and solutions to modern slavery.

There is no pay for articles as I don't make any money off of this blog. But if you are interested in sharing stories, opinions and ideas surrounding modern slavery, my Blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts are open to you as a medium.

If you are interested in making a little bit of money, and I mean a little bit, in addition to spreading awareness, then you can register as an Examiner on in your local area and write articles about modern slavery. The nice thing about is you can repost articles you have written on other sites and blogs. I became an examiner last year and it has been a great medium for me to reach more people and raise awareness.

If you are interested in writing on AbolitionistJB, follow these steps.

1. Email me an article you would like posted to abolitionistjb @ with the headline: WRITE FOR ABOLITIONISTJB

2. Attach any pictures you would like added to the article.

3. Include the html for any embedded videos you would like.

4. I reserve the right to edit the articles for grammar, language, etc... Please keep the content clean and free from swearing and anything vulgar. After the article is posted I will also tweet and Facebook post about the article to help reach more people.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank You,
John Burger

Inside a human trafficking crisis center

Victims of trafficking are often isolated: They're told that contact with police with trigger their own arrest and they're afraid of beatings or reprisals by the traffickers themselves.
The Polaris Project's National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a 24-hour government-funded national trafficking hotline, has become a lifeline for some.
• National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline: 1-888-3737-888
• Hotlines all over the world
In the video, actress Mira Sorvino, in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, helps build awareness of the human trafficking issue and takes CNN on a behind-the-scenes tour of the crisis center.