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Students join CNN in the fight against modern-day slavery


This year’s #MyFreedomDay will be held on Wednesday March 11 with schools and communities around the world coming together to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Now in its fourth year, thousands of students in more than 100 countries across six continents have pledged to take part in the day of action to shine a light on the 40-million people currently trapped in slavery.

CNN is asking the question ‘What does freedom mean to you?’ and encouraging students to share their responses on social media using the #MyFreedomDay hashtag.

On March 11, that content will be showcased on and CNN’s social platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, CNN international correspondents will report live from around the world from schools in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

There will also be special programming on CNN International highlighting student activities and events, as well as celebrity #MyFreedomDay pledges and messages. The special programming will begin at 12.30pm ET on March 11 and replay at 3.30am ET on March 12 and then continue across the weekend.

#MyFreedomDay is part of The CNN Freedom Project which is committed to bringing global attention to human trafficking and putting a stop to the $150 billion a year industry.

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About The CNN Freedom Project

The CNN Freedom Project produces original reports, articles and documentaries on human trafficking in all of its forms – from debt bondage in India to sex trafficking rings in Southern California and African slaves in the Sinai desert. Since its launch in 2011, the multi-award winning CNN Freedom Project is among the most successful and highly visible programming initiatives on CNN International. It has generated more than 1,000 investigative stories of modern-day slavery from across five continents. Various NGOs report that these CNN Freedom Project stories have contributed to changing laws and corporate policies, led to more than 1,000 survivors receiving assistance and sparked more than $24 million in donations to anti-trafficking organizations.

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