News page

Welcome to our News page. Here, we keep records of  our featured news, items, and studies directly relevant to our ongoing work to end slavery. You can also view an archive of our previous email newsletters. 

Featured News and Media


Julia Ormond speaks at the Skoll World Forum in a conference about Aha! Moments. Ms. Ormond discusses what led to her to grasp human trafficking's challenge and begin working on systemic solutions to end it (begins at 53:09)

Bill Clinton praises ASSET's effort's to end slavery in corporate supply chains.

Watch the highlights of Julia Ormond speaking at the USC Price Athenian Society's panel on human trafficking.

Click the image above to watch Ambassador Louis deBaca introduce Julia Ormond and present her with the Global Ambassador Award for her work to end human trafficking and slavery at the Nomi Network's 7th Annual Gala. 

You can watch Ms. Ormond's acceptance speech by clicking the image below.

Watch Julia Ormond deliver her acceptance speech at the Nomi Network's 7th Annual Gala for receiving the Global Ambassador Award for her work to end human trafficking and slavery. You can also watch Ambassador Louis deBaca introduce Ms. Ormond here.

iPoint and Development International released a comprehensive benchmark report on California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (CA-TISC), with the Forward written by Julia Ormond.

Overall, the study found improvements on all fronts: greater levels of anti-slavery compliance, greater disclosure rates, and a greater number of more in-depth disclosures overall. The increased compliance not only demonstrates how laws like CA-TISC can be effective, but also that slave labor is getting increased scrutiny around the world.

You can request a scorecard on individual brands here and read a brief summary of the report here

Julie Ormond participates in the 2016 Benchmark Study webinar 

This webinar delves further into iPoint's and Development International's study which evaluates companies' anti-slavery disclosure compliance under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. You will need to fill out the registration form on the page to view the webinar. 

You can also download a pdf copy of the presentation here.

Companies' Anti-Slavery Performance Improves, iPoint-funded Study Reveals

The Corporate Social Responsibility Network has published an article on iPoint's and Development International's study on California's Transparancy in Supply Chains Act.

Oscar 2017: Purpose on the Red Carpet with Julia Ormond and PwC

Julia Ormond gives an interview with Triple Pundit about how ASSET is continuing to work in a changing political environment and about the experiences that motivated her to work to end slavery.

Julia Ormond in "How Movies Teach Us About Purpose" (video)

Julia Ormond speaks in the video "How Movies Teach Us about Purpose." She speaks about seeing how widespread it is first hand and how that drove her desire to change the system and eliminate slavery. She also speaks about how ASSET, average citizens, businesses, and legislatures all have a role in reducing slavery. Ms. Ormond begins speaking right after 12:00.

How the Power of Partnership Can Stop Modern Slavery

Julia Ormond and ASSET contributed to this Deloitte report, published in October 2015, on how global citizens, private enterprises, and NGOs can work together to end slavery.

Archived News and Media


July 23, 2017: Watch The Economist's mini-documentary on how lawmakers, NGOs and companies are working together to end slave labor. The documentary showcases ASSET's work on CA-TISC, focus on promoting greater transparency in supply chains, and bringing companies in support of the legislation.

March 31, 2017: Read NPR's story on labor trafficking in the United States and how it contributes to modern slavery. 

March 15, 2017: Read the U.N. Secretary-General remarks at the Ministerial Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations

March 12, 2017: Machine Learning: A New Weapon in the War Against Forced Labor and Human Trafficking -- Researchers are beginning to use machine learning and other statistical tools to track the risk of forced labor in supply chains. In the future, businesses and consumers will be able to use these tools to produce and shop responsibly. 

March 8, 2017: Sold into China for Marriage -- Myanmarese women from states bordering China and other neighboring countries are being coerced into forced marriages

March 7, 2017: Companies' Anti-Slavery Performance Improves, iPoint-funded Study Reveals

The Corporate Social Responsibility Network has published an article on iPoint's and Development International's study on California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

March 3, 2017: Apple Cracks Down Further on Cobalt Supplier in Congo as Child Labor Persists -- Washington Post

November 17, 2016 [Video]: Julia Ormond speaks at Social Innovation Summit 2016 about how slave labor remains prominent and what companies and consumers can do to reduce it.

October 28, 2016: Julia Ormond Speaks with Maria Suarez, Human Trafficking Survivor and founder of the Maria Suarez Foundation, about Human Trafficking and How to Be a Social Change Agent

April 11, 2016: Modern Slavery - Closer Than You Think?

January 29, 2016 [Video]: Julia Ormond 30 Second Spot Against Human Trafficking and Slavery



July 30, 2015: UK Anti-Slavery Disclosure Law Will Apply to Thousands of Companies

July 26, 2015: Julia Ormond speaks with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Top Corporate Leaders to Discuss Human Trafficking

April 28, 2015 [Featuring Video: Julia Ormond Speaks at the Milken Institute's Transforming Global Supply Chains to Be Humane and Ethical

January 12, 2015: Fighting Modern Slavery Through Data and Information Sharing

September 25, 2014 [Video]: Julia Ormond asks Bill Clinton, Queen Rania, and John Chambers what NGOs can do better to end slavery in supply chains

September 10, 2013: Guardian Interview -- Julia Ormond Calls on Businesses to Do More to Stamp out Human Trafficking



May 23, 2012 [Video]: Julia Ormond Speaks about Supply Chain Slavery at the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum

December 9, 2011: California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012

May 25, 2011: Slavery and Supply Chains

May 23, 2011: U.S. Representative Chris Smith (NJ-4)Chairs Hearing on Human Trafficking in a Troubled Economy

November 3, 2010 [Video]: Julia Ormond Spoke at the BSR Conference 2010 about the Urgency to Stop Human Trafficking and Slavery in Supply Chains

October 21, 2010: Transparency in Supply Chains Act Is Now Law 

October 19, 2010 [Features Video]: Larry King Takes on Modern Slavery

October 18, 2010 [Video]: Governor Schwarzenegger Thanks Julia Ormond for Her Work on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

October 18, 2010 [Video]: Julia Ormond and California State Senate President Pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg, Speak at the Signing of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act