Founder and CEO of Made In a Free World
Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He is the founder and CEO of Slavery Footprint, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy.
In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film, “CALL+RESPONSE," which revealed the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The “rockumentary” was one of the top documentaries of the year and combined commentary by social luminaries, such as Cornell West and Nicholas Kristoff with musical performances by artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matisyahu. The film has been seen by over 400,000 people in public venues and has raised over $250,000 for front-line groups helping to free slaves and rehabilitate victims.
In 2011, Justin founded the non-profit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched, a multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?”. The website, and associated mobile app, allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity to have a conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase.
In December 2011, Slavery Footprint was the recipient of a first-of-its-kind grant by Google.org, which funded the creation of a $1.8 million unified initiative to implement aggressive, metrics-oriented programs to fight modern-day slavery in the United States and abroad.
Justin has recently returned to film making, producing the CNN documentary “Common Dreams”. In the film, Justin and Grammy award winning hip-hop artist Common travel to Haiti to experience for themselves the plight of the estimated 300,000 children working as domestic servants. The documentary was shown in nearly 200 countries and has raised thousands of dollars for the Restavek Freedom Foundation.