Shine a Light on Modern Day Slavery Day is February 13

Are you IN IT to END IT?

Did you know that there are 40 MILLION enslaved men, women, and children around the world? February 13 is Shine a Light on Modern Day Slavery Day. As educators, it is SO important to us that all people experience freedom! We want to inform our students about those trapped in this terrible institution in hopes that they will become future freedom fighters one day! 

Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission CEO said: “Modern slavery is as vast and as brutal as it has ever been, but one thing is new: We now know how to stop it for good." 

It is vital that we teach students about social justice and how to make sure that history does not repeat itself. We want to be age appropriate for students, of course, and want to be sure that we are passing along facts that will help them become productive, thoughtful, and kind citizens in our world. Just like many students may not know where milk comes from, they also may not know how their clothes are made in countries around the world. They may listen when we teach about the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman but never realize that slavery still exists....unless we tell them. 

The END IT Movement defines slavery as "one person completely controlling another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control. Human-trafficking, the modern-day slave trade, refers to the illegal trade of human beings through abduction, the use of threat or force, deception, fraud, or 'sale' for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor." 

We created a kid-friendly booklet about how slavery still exists (this would be an authentic learning activity during an abolition & suffrage unit) and what we can do to stop it. Of course, everything is discussed in an appropriate way for your students. To download your free copy, click here! For more information on this day, you can check out these hashtags on Instagram: #enditmovement #freedomfighters #inittoendit or visit If you use the booklets with your class, be sure to let students add a red X to their hand to show that they are now an informed freedom fighter. We'd love for you to tag us or email us so we can see!

To extend this activity, students could read our Slave Trade differentiated passages. This will lead to some interesting dialogue as students compare and contrast slavery now and in the past, as well as discussion on the impact on the enslaved peoples.