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.
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 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
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.
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.
Agape International Missions focuses on fighting child sex trafficking in Cambodia through prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration.
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.
FREE International exists to find, restore, embrace and empower those trapped by human trafficking and equip survivors to rebuild their lives.
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.
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.
International Sanctuary empowers those rescued from trafficking by offering medical and dental care, education, counseling, micro-loans, scholarships, employment and more.
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.
Open Gate International provides access to vocational training, mentoring and employment for survivors of modern slavery.
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.
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.
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
1% of victims are ever rescued.
About Our Survivor Advocates
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.
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.