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Thu, Sep 27 2018

5th Annual [free-them] Freedom Walk,

Fairmont Royal York, Old Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fairmont Royal York, Old Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7 Sponsors Confirmed
Fairmont Royal York
RBC
City TV
OMNI
The Epoch Times
Jada Pinkett Smith
Eric Balfour

  • About the event

    OUR MISSION 

    We are small group of individuals who have come together to change the world and believe that together slavery-human trafficking can end in our lifetime. We educate students, organizations, faith communities, business professionals and corporate groups on slavery that exists today in Canada and around the world.  We believe that slavery can truly be abolished in our lifetime if we awaken citizens of the world to the dark secrets of human trafficking. We produce campaigns, and provide tools that people can use to combat slavery, and regularly host events to bring people together to become part of the solution. We do what we do for freedom sake. 

    OUR VISION

    Our vision is to see a world where freedom is not seen as a luxury or privilege, but experenced and granted to everyone.  We want to see a world where freedom and gender equality is achieved, and the life of a human being is not seen as a commodity that can be given a price tag. We have a vision to see slavery, exploitation - human trafficking – be truly eradicated in our lifetime, and to have our world unite together as one voice to say that a human being should never be bought or sold.

    Free-Them believe there are four main Freedom Factors that are necessary in order to see human trafficking eradicated:

    #1. Prevention and Education

    #2. Rescue and Law Enforcement

    #3. Rehabilitation and Aftercare

    #4. Policy and Government Affairs

    At Free-Them we believe that you cannot fight that which you do not know exists, which is why we focus on awareness, advocacy, education and strengthening government policies on human trafficking and the exploitation of persons.

    Why should you sponsor?

    Free-Them is a registered Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to ending Human Trafficking in Canada and abroad.   
    Free-Them is comprised of all volunteers who dedicate their own time and resources to carry out the vision and mission of Free-Them. Contributions received go to operate and support Free-Them’s ongoing efforts to stop slavery and exploitation.


    Andrea Bogdanovic

    In 2003, at the age of 18 Shae Invidiata moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to pursue her university education in Advertising.  Little did Invidiata know back then that in 2010 she would found an anti-human trafficking organization called [free-them]. Invidiata attended Hawaii Pacific University in the heart of Honolulu, and 15 minutes out in Waikiki the Ohana Surf Rider hotel was home to hundreds of students.  Half of the hotel operated as the dormitory, and the other half operated as a hotel.  Waikiki, famous amongst the 4.5 million tourists that annually come to the island of Oahu, meaning "the gathering place" in Hawaiian.  With 69 beaches to explore, 23 State parks to visit, incredible history to honour, and a climate that rarely drops below twenty-three degrees  Celsius (seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit), the island of Oahu is truly paradise.  But it didn't take long for Invidiata to discover the dark side of Hawaii, and it all started on her own street which Invidiata learned was also known as "candy lane." 

    At night Kuhio Avenue would turn into a different place, everywhere you looked there were 'prostitutes' and 'hookers', and yet you would see families with their children walking about, and police officers everywhere standing on the sidewalk watching. "Daily I would see these 'girls' on the streets, coming home from night classes, going out to dinner, or coming home late at night or waking up early for a morning surf and still see these girls there....girls, younger than me, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and some older than me, but the majority seemed to be between 16-19 years old, " says Invidiata. At the time Invidiata wanted to understand why a young woman would 'want' to be in this industry, why a girl would 'choose' this lifestyle.

    Leaving any predisposition aside on her viewpoints of prostitution, Invidiata began to reach out and be present with these girls.  What she discovered over a two year period would change her world forever.  Invidiata explains, "What I started to realize is that the word 'prostitute' that we equate so much with "choice" is widely misrepresented and the more accurate word to be using is 'prostituted', and shortly thereafter I learnt the word 'human trafficking' and my world was shattered."

    Through these girls Invidiata began to learn their stories of false promises, fake boyfriends, being coerced, lured, and the fear and realities that prohibited them from being able to leave or escape.  This was slavery, in the modern century.  Invidiata recalls, "I couldn't believe that slavery was happening in today's age, and to learn that human trafficking was the fast growing crime on our planet.  And more so, I couldn't believe that no one was talking about this - where was our world on this injustice?  I then began to see every girl differently, and if it was me, I would be praying that someone would come to my rescue, I would be praying that someone would see me as a victim that needs help to get out."  It was this reality that prompted Invidiata to decide to 'do something', at the time not knowing what, but she knew that she needed to make people aware of the dark secret of human trafficking.

    In 2006 Invidiata moved off the island of Oahu to live in Vancouver, Canada and Sydney, Australia to finish her university education.  During these 3 years, the issue of human trafficking kept following Invidiata, "I began to see situations completely different and I started to question what I was seeing, once you know the signs of human trafficking, you begin to see red flags where you once just thought that was a weird or negative situation."  After meeting with different organizations and doing much research on what was taking please with government and organizations in these cities and countries around Invidiata concluded that there was a gap.  The awareness and education still lacked that made citizens aware that human trafficking was happening in their own country.  "You cannot fight something that you are not aware exisits, and further, a donor will not give money to something that you don't understand or even know what the problem is."

    In January 2010, Invidiata founded [free-them]; an initiative dedicated to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking – slavery today.

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  • 501-1000 attendees expected


    50% Male Attendees


    50% Female Attendees

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