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Slavery's Last


Join the Abolition Institute in Ending

Slavery in Mauritania

The Abolition Institute was inspired by a groundbreaking CNN report “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” documenting the horrors of race and descent based slavery in the West African nation of Mauritania. Mauritania did not criminalize slavery until 2007 and laws against the practice have seldom been enforced.  However, journalists, human rights advocates, United Nations officials and academic leaders have long documented the inhuman practice of slavery in Mauritania.

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Media coverage of slavery in Mauritania and efforts to abolish it.

Read State Department Reports on Maurita
Human Rights Report

Read the 2020 U.S. State Department Report on human rights abuses in Mauritania.

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Aichana Awards

Every year, the Abolition Institute honors those fighting modern day slavery.

Please donate to support the work of the Abolition Institute

Your donation will help bring freedom, dignity and hope to those who have suffered the horrors of slavery.

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​Conditions for slaves in Mauritania are brutal, with women and children facing the worst abuse.  As in the United States before the abolition of slavery, women are frequently raped by their masters and their children can be taken from them at any time.  


Children born to slave women become slaves for their entire lives.  Families are separated as a way of isolating slaves, reducing the likelihood of escape, and keeping them dependent on their masters. Brave advocates fighting against slavery in Mauritania have suffered repression and violence for decades.

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Slavery in Mauritania
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The Abolition Institute concurs with Anti-Slavery International’s policy recommendations below for the eradication slavery in Mauritania. 


These recommendations are also supported by the Society for Threatened Peoples and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

About the

Abolition Institute

In the spirit of the abolitionists from around the world who have fought slavery since ancient times, the Abolition Institute was formed to end the practice in Mauritania forever. 


It has successfully won over $5 million in funding to fight slavery in Mauritania and its region, generated worldwide media attention to the abuses of the country’s slavery system, and worked in close partnership with courageous grassroots activists in Mauritania.

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Your Donation's Impact

A donation of just $50 will cover the legal fees for filing four anti-slavery cases to help free those held in bondage. Learn more here.

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