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The Freedom Cafe

The Freedom Café’s mission is to end human trafficking. We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish our mission: 

1. Engaging the Community: The Freedom Café is a starting point for life-long conversations empowering participation in the development of an exploitation-free world. A safe and intentional space for conversation; it cultivates activist leaders who are developing vision, values and goals for how they live, connect with community, and develop their future careers.

Our innovative volunteer training model enhances our mission by providing opportunities to deeply educate young people, help them acquire on-the-job training, build leadership skills, and enhance public speaking. We recruit and train 50+ long-term volunteers annually.   

We advise a team of outreach volunteers to research, develop and conduct presentations focusing on how individuals, companies, and community organizations can purchase fairly compensated products. We host 5-10 student internships and over 60 educational presentations each year and 

We host weekly ‘Perform for Freedom’ Open-Mic events, offering windows on how individuals can end trafficking, monthly educational seminars, and the New England installation of the UN.GIFT - GIFT Box awareness project.  Our cafe and events reach over 5000 guests each year. 

2. Conscious Consumers: Our Café builds awareness of supply chains, how buying habits effect producers and help guests learn to spot and support products that are traffic-free.

3. Funding the Movement: Our café counter provides a simple entry point for individuals to support the creation of a traffic-free world beginning one ethically sourced mug at a time. All items are served based on a suggested donation similar to costs of a typical coffee shop with 100% of proceeds supporting programming to end human trafficking. 

In February 2019 we hosted an engaging panel discussion on Forced Labor and Global Supply Chains. The event drew close to 600 guests, inspiring conscious consumers and conscious capitalists. 

We were honored to co-host the event with the UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and were thankful to be joined by panelists from Hannaford Supermarkets, Equal Exchange, Timberland and Nixon Peabody LLP who shared the important positive action steps they're taking to help eradicate this unethical practice. 

View the Full Program at: https://youtu.be/pHk2Mac2dZA
View Concluding Thoughts and Action Steps at: https://youtu.be/XofFLzlkPJA

Learn More at: www.thefreedomcafe.org

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2019

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