The mangled hands of Jebada Mint Maouloud, a discarded Mauritanian slave woman whose angry master hung her for days by her hands at the age of 7 for allowing a goat under her supervision to be eaten, photographed in 1996 by journalist Sam Cotton on his fact-finding mission to Mauritania. (Sam Cotton / Harlem River Press)


The American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG), founded in 1993, is an independent organization working to abolish modern-day slavery around the world, focusing primarily on systems of black chattel slavery in North Africa.

Since 1994, the AASG has worked with survivors of modern-day slavery in advocating for the abolition of slavery and freedom for the estimated 40.3 million slaves around the world. Our tightly-knit staff of employees and interns is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, but our reach is far wider thanks to thousands of members around the world.

Our efforts center on the following components:

AWARENESS  The first step in eradicating modern slavery is educating the public that it still exists. The AASG builds awareness through our publications, school curricula, conferences, and Speakers’ Bureau consisting mainly of survivors of slavery.

ADVOCACY  We advocate for the freedom of those degraded by slavery through government lobbying and online campaigns, which locate effective pressure points in corporations benefitting from slavery, governments which tolerate human bondage, and leaders who remain silent.

ACTIVISM  Through our website we have established a network of activists around the world who are passionate about freedom. Through rallies, freedom marches, petitions, letter-writing campaigns, and partnership with organizations which actually free slaves on the ground, the AASG has worked to abolish slavery for more than two decades.

See the American Anti-Slavery Group in action.