Elite units swoop in to free slaves from farms, mines and factories. Slaveholders are publicly shamed on a national “dirty list.” And major companies are pledging to cleanse their supply chains of slavery-tainted raw materials. Brazil’s innovative anti-slavery program is one of the world’s best, with more than 45,000 people liberated so far. And it’s all thanks to one woman’s inventiveness and leadership: Ruth Vilela, recipient of a Free the Slaves Freedom Award. In this poignant video, Ruth reveals her experiences as Brazil’s anti-slavery leader.

Production Credits: Producer/Editor: Cassie Angeline Butler Timpy; Field Director: Peggy Callahan; Camera/Sound: Robin Romano; Still Photos: Kay Chernush, Robin Romano; Music: Dominic Messinger; Line Producer: Harold Linde; English Voiceover: Roberta Alves; Production Assistant: Cassie Anne Hodges; Executive Producer: Terry FitzPatrick. Funded by Open Square Fund. Excerpts from the film Bound by Promises provided by Comissão Pastoral da Terra and WITNESS.

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