Director: Peggy Callahan | Producer: Peggy Callahan
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2005 | Story Teller's Country: United States
Tags: Americas, Crime, Migration, Trafficking, United States, Violence
Synopsis: In our cities and our neighborhoods there are slaves in America today. Around 18,000 people are brought to the U.S.A. every year as victims of human trafficking. "Dreams Die Hard" exposes the slavery that puts food on our tables, cleans middle-class homes, and abuses young men and women in forced prostitution. Through trickery and violence, men and women, boys and girls, are enslaved. Slaves have been found in more that 90 cities across America, and may be in your backyard. "Dreams Die Hard" also introduces the people and groups that are taking the risks and kicking down the doors to set free the salves in the U.S.A.
Free the Slaves currently operates in India, Nepal, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and Brazil. The countries are targeted based on the prevalence of slavery, though the modes of trafficking vary from country to country. India is the organization's "flagship" program, both the oldest and largest in terms of resources.
Free the Slaves has worked with musicians such as Jason Mraz and Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding. Spalding performed a benefit concert for FTS in December 2012, featuring Bobby McFerrin, Gretchen Parlato, and a special guest appearance by Paul Simon. Spalding also raised money for the organization during her summer tour.
Other supporters over the years have included Carla Gugino, Vincent Kartheiser, Camilla Belle, Forest Whittaker, Demi Moore, and Ashton Kutcher. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_the_Slaves