The Abolition Institute, located in Chicago, Illinois in the United States, was inspired by the groundbreaking CNN expose "Slavery’s Last Stronghold" by John Sutter and the efforts of Mauritanians, both inside and outside their country, to end slavery. The co-founders of the Abolition Institute are:
They are joined by dedicated Members of our Board of Directors which includes lawyers, non-profit and foundation professionals, faith leaders, Islamic scholars, women’s rights advocates and refugees from Mauritania who know the horrors of slavery firsthand.
Special thanks to Abdul Suleiman, John Ferrin and Dave DeMumbrum, all longtime friends of Co-Founder Sean Tenner from their childhoods in Naperville, Illinois, for their outreach work to Muslim leaders, historical research and innovative online advocacy. Special thanks as well to Quratulain Ambareen for her work on our Faith Against Slavery materials and to Board Member and civil rights leader Reverend Mitchell Johnson for his unwavering commitment to educating Illinois residents about modern day slavery.
We are honored to work with SOS Slaves, one of our partner organizations in Mauritania, which has been fighting against slavery – under constant threat of imprisonment and violence from pro-slavery forces – since 1995. SOS Slaves was founded by Boubacar Messaoud, whose family was enslaved, and Abdel Nasser Ould Othman Yessa, the son of a prominent Mauritanian minister and himself a former slave master who recognized the evils of the system. Read more about SOS Slaves and the work of their leaders here: http://www.antislavery.org/english/what_we_do/antislavery_international_today/award/2009_award_winner/default.aspx
In addition, the Abolition Institute strongly supports allowing the Initiative de Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste en Mauritanie to legally register as an NGO. They have been fearless advocates in the fight against slavery in Mauritania.
The Abolition Institute is an officially registered non-profit organization in the state of Illinois.