Google donates $11.5 million to the fight against modern slavery

Google donates $11.5 million to the fight against modern slavery

Summary: Google's getting into the holiday spirit with $40 million in grants to charity - including the largest single grant ever given to the fight against modern slavery.

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Google is getting into the holiday spirit with today's announcement of $40 million in philanthropic grants to causes including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and girls' education, technology, and the fight against modern day slavery.

But it's that last one I want to focus in on - Google's $11.5 million contribution is very likely the "largest-ever corporate grant devoted to the advocacy, intervention and rescue of people being held, forced to work or provide sex against their will," according to the Associated Press.

That $11.5 million is being spread to various organizations that combat slavery worldwide, according to Google's official blog entry:

Modern day slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry that ruins the lives of around 27 million people. So we're funding a number of groups that are working to tackle the problem. For instance, in India, International Justice Mission (IJM), along with The BBC World Service Trust, Action Aid and Aide et Action, are forming a new coalition. It will work on the ground with governments to stop slave labor by identifying the ring masters, documenting abuse, freeing individuals and providing them with therapy as well as job training. Our support will also help expand the reach of tools like the powerful Slavery Footprint calculator and Polaris Project’s National Trafficking Hotline.

According to that AP report, $3.5 million in that coalition's funding will go towards an intervention project in India to combat forced labor, $4.5 million will go towards an advocacy and awareness campaign also in India, and $1.8 million will go towards mobilizing Americans to action. That remaining $1.7 million will be split amongst the smaller projects mentioned.

"Each year we focus some of our annual giving on meeting direct human need," Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google, told the Associated Press. "Google chose to spotlight the issue of slavery this year because there is nothing more fundamental than freedom."

The rest of that $40 million went to other charities, like:

  • Boston-based Citizen Schools and Generating Genius in the UK, which aim to provide educational resources for disadvantaged youth.
  • African Leadership Academy, which provides merit-based scholarships to young women across the country.
  • The Afghan Institute of Learning, which offers literacy classes to women and girls in rural Afghanistan.
  • Vittana, which connects would-be lenders with students in the developing world - and with a 99 percent repayment rate, both parties stand to benefit greatly.
  • Code for America, which enables web developers to develop projects that benefit the public sphere.
  • Switchboard, which helps African healthcare workers create networks and communicate for free.

You can see a little more about Google's charitable drives at its newly-updated Google Gives Back 2011 site. All in all, Google says it gave away $100 million in grants this year, including this $40 million. Well, 'tis the season, after all.

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  • RE: Google donates $11.5 million to the fight against modern slavery

    Kudos to Google.
    daikon
    • Huh?

      @daikon : Errrrr. "Kudos"? That amount is peanuts.
      Gisabun
  • RE: Google donates $11.5 million to the fight against modern slavery

    Damn, there goes Apple's work force! =D
    slickjim
    • And every other corporation's outsourced serfs

      Since homegrown peons cost too much, outside of upper management!

      "Built proudly in America" ... once upon a time. Pffft
      klumper
  • Why doesn't Google help sex worker rights groups too?

    It would be nice if Google donated to the sex worker rights groups (of which there are many nationally and internationally with 501 (c) 3 status) which are also fighting against human trafficking in ALL its forms, and also fighting against the conflation of sex work and sex trafficking which so harms those whom society views as 'victims.' <br><br>From our perspective, Google's support of JUST those prohibitionists posing as anti-human trafficking organizations is as though it was supporting the anti- gay/lesbian/transgendered groups of yesteryear when those groups were promoting the bigotry and ignorance which claimed all gays were pedophiles, all lesbians were made that way by child sexual abuse and transgendered persons and gays could be 'cured' by a good dose of heterosexual love. <br><br>Clearly there is another side to the issue of prostitution vs. sex trafficking, but unfortunately we are out financed by those whose disdain for consenting adult commercial sex have confused the issue of true trafficking and consenting adult sexual activity. <br><br>No one wants to abolish all human trafficking more than sex worker activists. It will no more happen by abolishing all sex work than it would by abolishing all domestic servitude, agriculture, garment manufacturing or any of the other areas of labor into which millions of people are trafficked every year. <br><br>Because we know how to spot true victims of sex slavery and we are willing to turn in those who use force or abuse us, we are the ones who ought to be funded so that we can in fact fight for our rights and the rights of those who are victims. <br><br>A government that cannot tell the difference between a consenting adult who chooses to engage in commercial sex and someone who is a victim of ANY form of human trafficking is not a government that can really solve the problem of human trafficking, anymore than it could help victims of rape or pedophilia if it was unable to distinguish between victims of rape, child sexual abuse and those who engaged in NON commercial consenting adult sex.
    Normajeana
  • Anyone with a search engine can find sex worker rights groups

    Even Google could find the numerous sex worker rights organizations out here- if they wanted to. We realize that we are politically incorrect on both the left and the right- as radical feminists AND religious conservatives have influenced the legislators and the laws which seek to 'abolish' all consenting adult commercial sex, which is a job for so many of us. We wonder if Google and the others who have jumped on the prohibitionist bandwagon would also oppose abortion and homosexuality if those two groups had joined forces on those issues as well?
    Among the many groups out here are ISWFACE, SWOP-USA, NSWP, Desiree Alliance, Bayswan, APNSW, SWAAY, SWAN and so many others. We challenge Google and any other 'concerned' group or individual to donate to us and help us fight against bad laws which allow for horrendous abuse of sex workers in the name of protecting us for our own good.
    Normajeana
  • RE: Google donates $11.5 million to the fight against modern slavery

    Drop in the bucket. You are never going to get rid of slavery (we have more of a problem with wage slavery than actual forced slavery today) until you realize that everyone has a right to a certain basic standard of living on this planet.
    Lerianis10
  • Oh wow....

    $15 million to modern slavery and $40 millions overall. Now how much profit did Google make this past year?
    In comparison other companies and current and former executives dish out in the hundreds of millions.
    Gisabun
  • Commendable, but ...

    Pocket change in proportion to their resources and, while the publicity raises visibility of the issues and provides incentive to other companies to ante-up, it's arguably, more for PR value than out of humanitarian concern. Afterall, just how many causes are worthy of this kind of support compared to what support is provided by a quarterly profits, shareholder value driven economic model?
    jonbill
  • Message to the darlings at Google

    [i]$1.8 million will go towards mobilizing Americans to action[/i]<br><br>What the hell does this mean? Why don't you spoiled kids start thinking about mobilizing the working stiffs who could use JOBS in your own country!<br><br>You could start by rethinking your egalitarian approaches toward improving the one-world order, all of which is coming at this country's expense, the very nation that provided you a playground and opportunity to begin with. [Ditto for every other American-turned-multinational institution]<br><br>Or consider relocating your Fortune 500 butts to Africa or Asia, with whom you seem so starry-eyed enamored.
    klumper
    • Get a grip!

      Any major corporation needs to involve themselves with projects which are mostly public relations, even if they don't really get anything of significance done. The pittance of money given by Google won't really do anything, but the public relations and good will they build, is significant, for the company and those who will look at the company with a bit more respect. Those things can actually end up creating more jobs and a better bottom line for Google, and a better bottom line can actually end up creating a lot more jobs than the 11 million dollars.
      adornoe
      • Adoring adornoe

        @adornoe@...<br> [i]The pittance of money given by Google won't really do anything, but the public relations and good will they build, is significant, for the company and those who will look at the company with a bit more respect.[/i] <br><br>Oh you have no idea how much respect I have for our corporate movers and shakers. I'm as much a lush and lemming as you when it comes to my petulant infatuation with the multinational, champagne toasting cadre. Really, I just ooze lickspittle joy at their every measured move.<br><br>Hell, I'm a regular clapping seal in a sea of fools, waiting for their next tactical throw with bated breath -- gripping hook, line and [s]stinker[/s] sinker. See how much alike we are adoring one?
        klumper
      • klumper: What a bunch of tripe!

        Is everything that corporations do, just for the pure joy of being evil? Are you a part of this universe? Are you communicating from an alternate universe, where the bizarre is the normal?<br><br>We live in the real world out here. You can keep your fantasy world or continue living in a cave. <br><br>Most people are dependent, no matter how ugly or evil that may sound to you. Most people are followers, and would just sit on their behinds if they could just get fed with no hassles in their daily lives.<br><br>You may not have too much respect for the movers and shakers in the corporate world, and perhaps not in the area of governance, but, people are tribal, and work in groups. Those groups are led by leaders, and there are leaders in the corporate world and in government. People do look up to them, and become dependent on what those leaders can do for them. <br><br>Your asinine classifications of corporate governance, are so far from the realities of the world, that you likely should seek some help. <br><br>Myself, I'm a rebel on many aspects of life, and I don't necessarily like to follow, but I also realize that, there is an order to our daily lives in civilized societies. <br><br>When it comes to Google, I could do without them, and I could do without Apple, and perhaps without Microsoft. But, if I want to remain an informed and current member of how society works, I need to understand those companies and work with them or around them if I have to. I cannot shut off myself from the world. <br><br>And so, I would still say the same things I said in my previous comments. Google is taking care of business, and business might sometimes require that they present themselves as concerned "citizens" with their public relations, even if they are insignificant in scope. <br><br>Now, get out of that basement or that cave, and join the rest of society. You don't have to be a follower, but, you also don't have to be so anti-social.
        adornoe
      • Crawling out of my cave just to add this

        @adornoe@<br>[i]Now, get out of that basement or that cave, and join the rest of society.[/i]<br><br>Ok chief, will do. [Now what was it the Scarecrow said to Dorothy back in the days of yore? Oh yea: *If I could only grow a brain*]<br><br>[i]Google is taking care of business...[/i] You forgot to add, and workin' overtime. Watch out!<br><br>[b]Taking Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive[/b]<br><br>[i]You get up every morning<br>From your alarm clock's warning<br>Take the 8:15 into the city<br>There's a whistle up above<br>And people pushin', people shovin'<br>And the girls who try to look pretty<br><br>And if your train's on time<br>You can get to work by nine<br>And start your slaving job to get your pay<br>If you ever get annoyed<br>Look at me I'm self-employed<br>I love to work at nothing all day<br>And I'll be...<br><br>Taking care of business, every day<br>Taking care of business, every way<br>I've been taking care of business, it's all mine<br>Taking care of business, and working overtime<br>WORK OUT[/i]<br><br>Check it out on YouTube - fitting tune for drones and cave dwellers alike ;)
        klumper
      • klumper: Trying to be cute doesn't make you right....

        "Ok chief, will do."

        Good!

        Living in a cave is not conducive to understanding society or being a good member of it

        "[Now what was it the Scarecrow said to Dorothy back in the days of yore? Oh yea: *If I could only grow a brain*]"

        Well, sounds like you have bigger problems than just living in a cave. But, being brainless is not something that can be taken care of by any doctor or any society. My advice for someone that is brainless, like you admitted, is to stay in your cave and perhaps nobody will notice.

        "Google is taking care of business... You forgot to add, and workin' overtime. Watch out!"

        Those who work hard are often rewarded, by themselves or by others that appreciate the effort.

        ;)
        adornoe
    • I know

      @adornoe
      [i]Those who work hard are often rewarded, by themselves or by others that appreciate the effort.[/i]

      It's a dog's life, but it's mine.
      klumper
      • Some dogs are pests, and need to be kenneled.

        ;)
        adornoe