Official Launch of Alliance Against Modern Slavery

Official Launch of Alliance Against Modern Slavery

The Harriet Tubman Institute is pleased to announce to its associates and friends the official launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery (AAMS) on January 28-29, 2011.

AAMS ( is a new NGO that is incorporated in Canada on a not-for -profit basis as "Canadians Against Slavery/Canadiens Contre l'Esclavage" and is dedicated to raising awareness about and combating modern slavery, a practice which affects 27 million lives worldwide.

Although AAMS is a distinct legal entity for all purposes and operates independently from the Tubman Institute, Tubman’s own Paul Lovejoy and Associate Martin Klein are board members of AAMS, and many of the executive members of AAMS are Tubman affiliated historians and educators with Master's or PhD level expertise on slavery in all of its forms. 

The mission of AAMS is to combat modern slavery by collecting resources, creating programs, and building projects among a network of local and global partners so that every person has the opportunity for sustainable freedom. 

Get your tickets now for an inspiring, uplifting benefit concert for freedom on January 28 (7pm-10 pm) in the beautiful Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre! The freedom concert will feature TED Speaker and AAMS board member Kevin Bales, Motivational Speaker Roger Cram as MC, Survivor Natasha Falle, Glendene Grant, Actress Singer Song Writer Kate Todd, Guitar Player Jeff Gunn and Janelle Belgrave of Peace Concept, Samba Elegua Drummers, an Anti-slavery Art Auction, and much more. 

Following the Party for Freedom on January 28, AAMS has planned a jam packed conference on January 29 (9am-5:30pm) held in Founders Assembly Hall featuring representatives of NGOs freeing slaves, front line activists, fair trade advocates, film makers, survivors, government and law enforcement officials. Speakers include Adam Churchman (Canada Fights Human Trafficking), Julia Smith-Brake (Chab Dai Canada), Lisa J. Cheong (Ratanak International), Jamie McIntosh (International Justice Mission), Marty Van Doren (RCMP Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator for Ontario),  Heather Richardson (Peel Police), MP Joy Smith (Conservative - Kildonan - St. Paul, Manitoba), MP Glen Pearson (Liberal - London North Centre, Ontario – Video Message), Peggy Nash (NDP Federal President), Benjamin Perrin (Author of Invisible Chains and Founder of The Future Group – Video Message), Deepa Mattoo (South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario), Brittany Luby (Indigenous Student Life), Glendene Grant (Mother of Missing Human Trafficking Victim Jessie Foster), Azra Rashid (Film Maker), Michael Sacco (ChocoSol), and Christina Cudahy (Grassroots Advocate, Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program). 

Moderators include Paul Lovejoy (Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute), Martin Klein (Harriet Tubman Institute Associate), Kevin Bales (President of Free the Slaves) and Karlee Sapoznik (President of AAMS and Tubman Executive Committee Member).  To register for the conference, visit

We hope you can join us for these two wonderful events to mark the launch of AAMS!

For more information about the Alliance Against Modern Slavery or how to get involved, please visit or email us at

Freedom Concert

When: January 28, 7:00-10:00pm
Where: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University
Cost: $19 or $14 for students
Tickets can be picked up at the York University Box Office
Box Office Information:
Box Office Phone Number: 416-736-5888
Online Ticket Purchase:

Slavery in the 21st Century Conference

When: January 29, 9:00am-5:30pm
Where: Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, York University

For the conference program, please see attached.

Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University
Jan 28, 2011 - 07:00pm - Jan 29, 2011 - 05:30pm
AAMS Party for Freedom Concert - Speaker and Performer Bios and Pics.pdf461.67 KB
AAMS - Slavery in the 21st Conference - Program and Speaker Bios.pdf1.05 MB