Kevin Bales

President,
Free the Slaves

Kevin Bales is President of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, and Professor of Sociology at Roehampton University London. His book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and published in ten languages. Desmond Tutu called it “a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery.” In 2006 his work was named one of the top “100 World-Changing Discoveries” by the association of British universities. In 2000 he won the Premio Viareggio for services to humanity. The film based on his book, which he co-wrote, won a Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards. He was awarded the Laura Smith Davenport Human Rights Award in 2005; the Judith Sargeant Murray Award for Human Rights in 2004; and the Human Rights Award of the University of Alberta in 2003. Mr. Bales was a consultant to the UN Global Program on Human Trafficking and has advised the U.S., British, Irish, Norwegian and Nepali governments, as well as the ECOWAS Community, on slavery and human trafficking policy. In 2005 he published Understanding Global Slavery. His book, Ending Slavery, a roadmap for the global eradication of slavery, was published in September, 2007. He is currently editing a collection of modern slave narratives, and, with Ron Soodalter, is co-writing a book on slavery in the United States today. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics.