PEGGY CALLAHAN’S sense of fairness has propelled her work as a television journalist and anti-slavery activist. She co-founded Free the Slaves, one of the leading anti-slavery organizations on the planet, and set about using her television skills to build a movement in a world where people believed Abraham Lincoln had already ended slavery. Free the Slaves works in 600 communities, across seven continents, and has been instrumental in getting four acts of congress passed to fight slavery.
Peggy lives with her family in Los Angeles but has spent much of the last 11 years on the road documenting slavery on five continents. As one part of her work, she created the world’s largest film library on modern-day slavery that is shared with media, free of charge to help spread the word, and executive produced 28 films on modern-day slavery. Three major television networks are engaged in campaigns to help end slavery. Free the Slaves is involved with all of them.
Hundreds of millions of viewers have seen Peggy’s work around the globe. Her documentaries on slavery have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, Greek and Spanish. Peggy oversaw spreading the word of Free the Slaves’ strategic, holistic approach to ending slavery through an award-winning website, celebrity outreach, message products and served as writer and editor for the book, Slavery.
In 2008, Peggy created and produced the first Freedom Awards. The awards are part of a bigger, international strategy to end slavery and celebrate modern day heroes of the anti-slavery movement. The awards have been covered by 150 media outlets, broadcast to 85 million people in the United States and west Africa, and leveraged $2.1 million for the winners.
As a television reporter, documentarian and show producer, Peggy specialized in social justice issues. She did projects on homelessness, racism, foster care and the death penalty. Her work has been recognized with more than a dozen major awards.
Peggy’s work is the subject of an hour-long documentary that is expected to be broadcast in 2013.
BRYN FREEDMAN began her anti-slavery work more than 11 years ago when she hosted the first gathering of anti-slavery activists for the newly formed organization, Free the Slaves. Bryn went on to co-chair Free the Slaves’ annual Freedom Awards, and served as a member of the board of Free the Slaves. Bryn has been a frequent public speaker on the issue of slavery, a subject she has learned about firsthand. She has travelled through India, Ghana and Nepal seeing both the faces of those in slavery, as well as the results of programs that have brought entire villages to sustainable freedom. In addition to her anti-slavery work, Bryn helped found, and was later co-chair of a nonprofit organization for battered women, and was the co-founder and executive producer for an organization devoted to disadvantaged children for which she won Hollywood’s Humanitarian Award.
Bryn is also an award winning executive producer, journalist and author and has dedicated her career to social justice issues. She won accolades as the original Executive Producer of the Emmy and PRISM Award-winning documentary series “Intervention,” and also launched an award winning series on homelessness, “Second Look.” In addition to her work as an executive producer, Bryn has received awards for journalism including an Emmy Award, an Associated Press Award, an award from the Society of Professional Journalists and was named Best News Reporter by Philadelphia Magazine for her work as an investigative reporter. Bryn served as Acting Bureau Chief for ABC News in Los Angeles, where she oversaw news coverage for Nightline, World News Tonight and Good Morning America. Bryn spent seven years as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction book In Eddie’s Name. Bryn lives in Los Angeles and is the mother of three children: Matt, Colin and Halle.