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A Modern-Day Abolitionist

Sarah Durfey is creating an Underground Railroad for the 21st century.

This article is from Issue 59: Sep/Oct 2012

The word “abolitionist” conjures images of the Underground Railroad of a bygone era. But slavery is still an issue in the here and now, and Sarah Durfey is a modern-day Harriet Tubman. Following in the footsteps of her Quaker ancestors, who helped with the Underground Railroad, Durfey started the Abolitionist Network in 2011 to help bring freedom to the estimated 30 million people bought and sold around the world still today. Here, we talk to Durfey about the network, the complexity of the slavery issue and why relationships are so vital in this work.