For Freedom is a campaign against modern day slavery. Our work is focused on four important areas: prevention, partnerships with government agencies and other NGOs, fundraising, and most importantly aftercare for survivors of slavery.
We believe that information and awareness efforts are essential to fight modern slavery, and to prevent that more people fall victim to slavery. Our prevention work consist of teaching in schools and at different events, publishing articles about different aspects of slavery in For Freedom Magazine, awareness campaigns in social media, influencing politics and hosting public events.
We have many skilled speakers who give both short and long lectures on modern slavery and how to fight it on different levels, from kindergarten to universities. You can invite a speaker to your school, youth group og workplace. Send us an invitasjon to speak at firstname.lastname@example.org (Norway only).
In For Freedom Magazine you can find articles about different aspects of modern slavery and new trends.
Every spring we host the For Freedom Campaign which is a public awareness campaign in the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Trondheim. The goal is to reach as many people as possible with information about slavery, and to raise fund for anti-slavery efforts.
Every fall we host Symposium on modern slavery with our friends in NGO Hope for Justice Norway and Norwegian think tank Skaperkraft. The symposium attracts academics, professionals in government agencies and NGOs, and volunteers who seek to increase their knowledge in the field.
For Freedom offers after care for survivors of modern slavery in Norway. In partnership with other NGOs and government agencies, we assist people who have survived slavery in Norway find their way back to normal every day life.
Many of the survivors who have been helped out of slavery in Norway only own the clothes on their back, and they need essentials like toiletries, clothes and other basics. To meet this need, we have established a fund, Freedom Aid, to help them. Some survivors need just the basics, some need a bus card, others need a new bed when they move from the shelter to their own apartment. This fund is need based, which means that we count in what other help they receive, like government financial assistance. We make an effort to let the survivors pick out new clothes, or other things they need, as an exercise in agency and because we want to give them the respect and autonomy of choosing.
Victims of modern slavery often live isolated and outside communities. For many traffickers isolation is a way to control their victims, and contain the situation. In addition, many victims are terrified of the threats and violence towards themselves and their families. This prevents victims from seeking connection with people outside the slavery situation.
When they are helped out of slavery many still have deep mistrust and fear of connection with others. This leads to further isolation and loneliness. To prevent loneliness, poor mental health, voluntary return to prostitution and addiction, we offer survivors a connection with 1 to 2 people who take bring them on outings, to have coffee, see a movie, go for a walk or just make dinner. We call this Freedom Friend, and the focus of this connection is to give survivors a chance to makes friends, learn language and culture, and to just take a break from an otherwise stressful life.
“To be apart of Freedom Friend have been very nice and wonderful. I loved it, we really enjoyed time together. Knowing them give me comfortable feeling to know more Norwegian girls, and what they are doing in their normal days. I also realized that we are one nation where ever we came from. I didn’t feel different between them. The important thing I learned from this program is that we love each other. We care about each other, regardless of where we came from or our colors or which languages we spoke.”
- “Stephanie” (survivor)
Most survivors of modern slavery have been exposed to physical, psychological and sexual violence, threats towards their families and extensive social control. Some also experience lack of food and water, and do not receive medical attention for illness or injuries. This result in a high prevalence of PTSD and other post-traumatic stress reactions, depression, dissociation, self harm and addiction (Banovic, 2012).
Many survivors however do not receive professional help for trauma reactions and consequences. To meet this need we offer free trauma therapy with licensed clinical psychologists with knowledge of trauma therapy and modern slavery. For Freedom also have published a free trauma informed self-help manual for the survivors who for different reasons are not able to receive therapy. The manual is written by For Freedoms clinical psychologists and you can find this manual under “self-help” on this page.
Banović, B., Bjelajac, Z. (2012). Traumatic experiences, psychophysical consequences and needs of human trafficking victims. Vojnosanitetski Pregled, 69(1), 94-97. doi:10.2298/VSP1201094B