The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the United Nations and the world community to remember and honor the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on August 23, 2016. This is a day in observance by the United Nations to recognize and remember the historic trauma of the slave trade over the centuries, and to remember the abolition of slavery. It is a day to serve as a reminder of the fact that human bondage is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity the world has ever known.

As we honor and remember this day, we must also remember that many people around the world are still suffering in human bondage. Human Trafficking or “modern day slavery” is a multi-billion dollar global crime against humanity operating in every corner of the world. Today there are as many as 20.9 million people enslaved worldwide.

“Slavery was and is a violation of our core human values, our basic consciousness, and a violation of human rights and human dignity,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Though slavery has been legally abolished around the world, many people from vulnerable populations are living in bondage, living with the threat or fear of bondage and exploitation, or have died trying to escape it,” added Mr. Hamad.

AHRC encourages all people worldwide to observe this important day of remembrance and to learn more about human trafficking to get involved in eliminating human bondage permanently.

To learn more about the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, please visit

To learn more about human trafficking and how to get involved, please visit End Slavery at

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