Two years ago a powerful book was published about modern-day slavery: A Crime So Monstrous. It’s a harrowing, eye-opening book.

A couple of related stories caught my attention recently. One is about a black family in Mississippi that was enslaved until the 1960’s. That is not a typo; the 1960’s, not the 1860’s. Read about Mae Wall Miller’s story here. A friend of mine sent me a link to this powerful blog post about the Miller family story. You can also watch a brief YouTube video from the documentary film The Untold Story: Slavery in the 20th Century.

Now read about Jose Guitierrez, a young deaf man lured from Mexico by dreams of prosperity in El Norte only to be enslaved in Queens, New York.

Slavery isn’t over; not even close.

Learn more about slavery today, and what you can do to help, here.

The capacity that human’s have to treat each other horribly remains incredibly, and sadly, significant. What will it take for all of us to wake up to this horror, end the reign of greed and exploitation, and offer unconditional love and grace to each other?