Bouncing from the L.A. Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds and now to the Cleveland Indians, all in the span of seven months, MLB right fielder Yasiel Puig is still managing to make time for his off-the-field priorities, namely his philanthropic work. Despite relocating across country, Puig has stayed committed to giving back to the place he called home for seven years…Read More
Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle is seeking out an independent bookshop on every road city stop the team make this year, in an effort to support local businesses and literacy as well as to feed his voracious reading habit...Read More
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd is using his new foundation to rescue dozens of girls from sex trafficking and combat the growing sex slavery industry around the globe. Boyd and his wife, Ashley, recently formed Kingdom Home, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of sexual abuse and modern day slavery in Uganda…Read More
Aaron Judge burst onto the Major League Baseball scene in 2017 as the American League Rookie of the Year, hitting the most home runs of any rookie player in major league history. He became so popular so quickly that Yankee Stadium wasted no time erecting a fan seating section known as the “Judge’s Chambers”…Read More
On February 5, the MLB and MLB Players Association announced a coordinated effort to fight against global human trafficking. The organizations are pledging a combined $500,000 through 2021 to global nonprofit partners that utilize education and programming to prevent labor exploitation, sexual slavery and other forms of human trafficking.
The MLB and MLBPA will direct a portion of its funds to Strike Out Slavery, an organization established in 2017 by three-time National League MVP and 10-time All-Star Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre. The organization promotes awareness about modern-day slavery and the dangers of global human trafficking by raising funds for survivors and hosting events at baseball stadiums around the U.S.
"Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world with millions of people affected by it, even young children," stated Albert and Deidre Pujols. "United by our love for baseball, we can come together to create awareness in our communities about the dangers of this insidious crime."
Reports from Global Slavery Index found that in 2016, more than 40 million people from 167 countries — including men, women and children — were forced into labor or commercial sexual exploitation, with females representing 71 percent of victims.
Albert and Deidre Pujols will join other MLB players, human trafficking experts and MLB and MLBPA representatives over the next three years as members of a special council that will determine recipients of the funds.
"Human trafficking is a devastating reality for far too many individuals and families around the world," Commissioner Rob Manfred stated. "Major League Baseball is proud to join players, many of whom have already demonstrated their commitment to this cause, to use our sport's global platform to raise critical awareness of this worldwide issue."
Other MLB players lending their support to end human trafficking through this initiative and their own campaigns include retired San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
On March 1, the UN Women for Peace Association, Inc. will honor Albert and Deidre Pujols for their humanitarian work during the association’s 2019 Annual Awards Luncheon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
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