KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Today, on the sixth annual “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a video providing an update on his End Modern Slavery Initiative, which is now operating as the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and encouraging others to join the END IT Movement.

“Knowing that in every country around the world slavery is illegal and yet it goes on – even in our own country – there needed to be an effort where the world community came together and used best practices to try to end it,” said Corker. “It’s very touching to be able to be involved in something like this that people care so much about in our country and affects adversely so many people around the world.”

Today, in 2018, an estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world. That’s more than at any time in history. More than two and a half years ago, with input from leading stakeholders and industry experts, Corker proposed a bold, bipartisan initiative to end modern slavery worldwide. Not unlike the role PEPFAR has played in fighting AIDS worldwide, the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which is now operating as the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to focus resources responsibly where the crime is most prevalent. In September, both the U.S. and the United Kingdom announced matching $25 million contributions to the fund.

END IT is an awareness campaign that launched in 2013. The goal is to “Shine a Light on Slavery” by letting the world know that slavery still exists. “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day is Thursday, February 22, and on this day, the END IT Movement encourages people to draw a red X on their hand, take a selfie and post it on social media using #enditmovement. This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists and that we are working to end it.

Click here to download the video.