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About Strike Out Slavery

Albert and Deidre Pujols created Strike Out Slavery in 2017 after learning that modern-day slavery is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating $150 billion USD annually. The Pujolses knew that if Major League Baseball teams, players and fans joined them, Strike Out Slavery could spread awareness about modern-day slavery and help a global network of nonprofit organizations rally against it.

 

The inaugural Strike Out Slavery event was held at Angel Stadium in September 2017, where more than 40,000 attendees learned about the issue. Two years later, Strike Out Slavery continues to expand as other players take a stand against slavery, enabling the message that ‘enough is enough’ to reach legions of baseball fans across the nation, even the world.

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Deidre Pujols
Founder of Strike Out Slavery

Deidre Pujols is a driven philanthropist and dedicated entrepreneur with a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless and advocating for those in need. The United Nations Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) recognized Albert and Deidre Pujols with the Humanitarian Award in February 2019 for their efforts to combat human trafficking.

Albert Pujols
Player Ambassador, Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols is a professional first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels. An accomplished athlete, he is ranked in the top 10 players in Major League history. Albert and his wife are passionate about giving back and established the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005.

Our goal is to have a Strike Out Slavery game in all 30 stadiums in the country.” -Albert Pujols, Player Ambassador, Los Angeles Angels

Global Partners

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27 Million

27 Million offers support and training to organizations on the frontlines of fighting modern slavery. They create projects and opportunities for everyone to make stand in solidarity with victims.

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A21

A21 reaches victims through identification, seeks justice against captors and equips survivors to live independently with access to housing, medical treatment, counseling, employment and more.

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Agape International Missions

Agape International Missions focuses on fighting child sex trafficking in Cambodia through prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration.

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Exodus Cry

Exodus Cry fights sexual exploitation and the sex industry by shifting culture, advocating for laws that defend those who are exploited and engaging with those who are bound in sexual exploitation.

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F.R.E.E. International

FREE International exists to find, restore, embrace and empower those trapped by human trafficking and equip survivors to rebuild their lives.

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The Global Center for Women and Justice

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice is an academic center committed to providing education and resources on women’s issues globally. Their student mobilization program, Live2Free, supports and trains college students to raise awareness in communities about human trafficking.

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International Justice Mission

IJM fights modern slavery by working with local police to rescue victims and restrain criminals, social workers to restore the survivors to their communities and public prosecution to represent survivors in court.

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International Sanctuary

International Sanctuary empowers those rescued from trafficking by offering medical and dental care, education, counseling, micro-loans, scholarships, employment and more.

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The mission of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is to serve as a resource center for law enforcement, families and the public to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.

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Open Gate International

Open Gate International provides access to vocational training, mentoring and employment for survivors of modern slavery.

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Polaris

Polaris is leading the fight to eradicate modern slavery with a three-part model that systemically disrupts human trafficking. The organization also operates a national and global hotline to connect survivors to critical support.

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U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking

USIAHT finds new and innovative ways to combat the demand for purchased sex, raise awareness to this nationwide epidemic, and provide safe environments for victims, focusing their efforts in the United States.

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Vision Rescue

Vision Rescue focuses on prevention programs that fight against child exploitation in India through awareness, education, healthcare, counseling, and training.

“Most people don’t know that there are actually more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history.” – Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission

Our Player Ambassadors

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Albert Pujols
First Baseman
Los Angeles Angels

“I am proud to be representing the Angels in our third year of this initiative. I have seen Angels fans get behind Strike Out Slavery and I know that as more players and teams support this cause, we’ll be able expand our reach even further as we rally baseball fans to fight against the worldwide issue of modern-day slavery.”

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Brad Keller
Pitcher
Kansas City Royals

“I grew up in the Atlanta area and learned about the realities of human trafficking. It’s a very real and scary issue. Since coming to the Royals, I’ve come to love Kansas City but also know that trafficking goes on here, too. As it does everywhere. I’m so very proud to be a part of an organization that wants to shed a light on this issue and the work of Strike Out Slavery.”

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Robinson Canó
Second Baseman
New York Mets

“When I founded my own foundation, RC24 Foundation, serving disadvantaged youth in my home of the Dominican Republic, I saw firsthand the impact we can make when we gather around a cause. Bringing Strike Out Slavery to Mets fans will undeniably shed light on the issue of modern-day slavery.”

1% of victims are ever rescued.

Source: A21

About Our Survivor Advocates

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Rachel Thomas
Survivor Advocate, Founder of Sowers Education Group

A graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As Director of Sowers Education Group, she has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches, teachers, college students, and law enforcement. Sowers’ intervention curriculum Ending The Game is being used by over 480 facilitators in 23 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation.

Since 2012, Rachel and the Sowers Team have reached over 50,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including New Day Morning Show on CNN, Inside with Chris Cuomo: Anyone’s Daughter on HLN, The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Stacy Jewell
Survivor Advocate

Stacy Jewell was raised in the DC metropolitan area, and at the age of nineteen, she was abducted into the dark world of sex trafficking. Stacy escaped “the life” right before her 21st birthday, through a series of dramatic and awe-inspiring events she has poetically described in her spoken word performance, “10 Years and 1 Day.”

Stacy’s powerful dramatizations have helped organizations such as the Department of Justice, Shared Hope International, The Araminta Freedom Initiative, and The Baltimore FBI Special Task Force to assist in the escape of many more survivors of sex trafficking like herself.

Stacy believes that though the experience of sex slavery can be brutal and disempowering, entertainment and media are powerful tools for creating public awareness. Better known as “Selah” in the spoken word community, Stacy works to achieve heightened community awareness through her bold words and heart-wrenching performances.

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