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February 03, 2012-Genocide Prevention, Grantee News, Modern-Day Slavery

Cast your vote: HU grantees nominated for TED’s Ads Worth Spreading

Three Humanity United grantees—Invisible Children, Resolve, and the producers of Call+Response—are currently under consideration by TED judges for two new products aimed at informing everyday activists. Their tools, the LRA Crisis Tracker and Slavery Footprint, are both being considered for TED’s annual Ads Worth Spreading Challenge.

Learn more about these cool new tools below, and click on the images to cast your vote!

Slavery Footprint

Created by the U.S. State Department and the producers of Call+Response, an award-winning documentary on modern-day slavery, the Slavery Footprint Web site helps consumers visualize how their consumption of common products and services are connected to modern-day slavery. Slavery Footprint’s “Free World” mobile app and online action center gives consumers an outlet to voice their demand for slave-free products.

Says Justin Dillon, Call+Response director and Slavery Footprint founder: “TED likes exposing complex problems by providing unique solutions. Freedom is an innate propensity with a complex reality. Slavery Footprint is a simple solution. Understand how your story is connected to slavery, and then leverage that story. Freedom is a contagion. Once released, it breaks down the complex host of oppression. Maybe the solution is simply understanding that we are all part of it.”


LRA Crisis Tracker

Azy Groth, Invisible Children: "The idea for the LRA Crisis Tracker was born after the news broke about the Makombo massacre. More than 300 people were massacred in December 2009, but the media didn’t hear about it until March 2010. There was so much wrong with that scenario—first, that it happened and second, that it took three months for the rest of the world to hear about it.

From the start, Invisible Children and Resolve wanted the LRA Crisis Tracker to be publicly accessible to whoever wanted to see it and digestible for everyday activists. That is one reason we supplement the data points with videos and why we made it available as an iPhone app and Twitter feed. We want this information to be conveniently accessed and easily understood by everyone who wants to know.

Right now we are really pumped about Phase II. That’s going to include expanding the historical dataset and improving the analysis capabilities."

Michael Poffenberger, co-founder and executive director, Resolve: "The LRA Crisis Tracker is shining a spotlight on atrocities being committed in one of the remotest parts of our world—atrocities that would otherwise often go totally unreported. But it also enables us to ground our advocacy work in a much more granular understanding of the LRA's behavior and movements from day to day. This should result in policies that are better at protecting people and meeting the needs of communities being affected by the violence."