Richard Leger is the Executive Director of the Abolish Slavery Coalition, providing security and tactical oversight for Abolish Slavery operations. He began his professional career holding key executive positions in real estate investment firms and has since acted upon his longtime passion and desire to help end modern-day slavery. He began playing an active role in humanitarian efforts with his church and with organizations such as the ROCK of Africa Mission, where he served as Chairman on the Advisory Board providing medicine, medical supplies, food and fresh water to poverty-stricken regions of Africa. Richard also promotes funding for the research and development of finding and securing sustainable solutions for severe medical issues that remain prevalent in underdeveloped nations. He works with the Abolish Slavery team to eliminate and prevent the spread of modern-day slavery by developing steps toward solutions, such as establishing and mentoring human trafficking task forces on domestic and global fronts, and finding, rescuing and protecting victims of human trafficking. Richard and the Abolish Slavery team share the goal of establishing an infrastructure to assist survivors on their road to recovery. As Executive Director, Richard provides logistical, financial and strategic support for victims and survivors, facilitating tactical oversight in identifying and rescuing victims of human trafficking.
As one of the principle founders of the Abolish Slavery Coalition, Sandy Leger has set the standard for consistency in helping to provide resources for victims of human trafficking worldwide. She has been a key participant in numerous humanitarian efforts domestically and overseas, including in Cambodia, where she has taken a special interest in helping survivors for the last several years. Her acts of devotion include personally funding and sustaining efforts to give education, medical support and vocational training to survivors who AbolishSlavery.org has helped rescue. Additionally, Sandy provides food supplies, water, medicine and care resources for groups of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) among the Ban Mai refugees of Burma. She has also assisted with efforts to support IDPs of Laos and Thailand, providing life saving support for survivors.
Michael Perlman is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist, writer, attorney and founder of two not for profit organizations. He has traveled to over 60 countries where he has spoken to thousands of people on issues related to politics, human rights, the law, media, abolishing slavery and promoting freedom. Perlman works with human rights organizations in the U.S., Burma, China and Sudan. He has funded and participated in missions to supply computers, food and medicine to Burmese democratic groups through his own efforts and as a board member of Abolish Slavery. Perlman was honored that Amnesty International selected him as an official Artist for Amnesty. He helped found and served on the board of Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS), one of the largest volunteer organizations in the United States. He is also the founder and director of Rock to Save Darfur, for which he produced concert benefits that helped save thousands of lives and free hundreds of slaves in Sudan, with partners such as Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders. In addition to making many other human rights films an documentaries, Perlman produced, wrote and directed the New York Times Critics’ Choice film, Eyes of the World, which documents human rights atrocities and peoples’ struggle from dictatorship to freedom in former Yugoslavia. Perlman is the founder and lead vocalist in the socially conscious band Rejectionist Front.