“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
Human rights abuses remain a significant challenge worldwide. As Ernie Allen, founder and former CEO of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children said at Ethisphere’s recent Global Ethics Summit, “Most people think that slavery ended a century ago and it didn’t. Slavery is alive and well in the world today.”
By its nature, exact data and metrics around forced labor and other abuses are hard to come by, but reports by the U.S. Department of State and Human Rights-focused NGOs estimate that more than 20 million people worldwide are forced to work against their will and without compensation. Beyond forced labor, other Human Rights abuses regularly occur around the world and in various forms, even within countries that recognize the rule of law. This comes in the form of trafficking, racial and other demographic discrimination, intentionally disparate health care coverage, abuses towards refugees/immigrants and more.