The Abolitionist Anti-Slavery Society of New England (AASSONE) was the first anti-slavery
abolitionist society in the country to advocate immediate emancipation. The AASSONE publicly condemned slavery,
called for the immediate emancipation of slaves, and formulated plans for incorporating the freedmen into American
The AASSONE is the predecessor to the American Anti-Slavery Society, which was founded in 1833.
These societies sent out lecturers to preach the antislavery message in the North. They also sponsored meetings,
sent antislavery petitions to Congress as well as publishing journals and other propaganda. Members of these
societies were mainly from religious circles as well as members of the free Black community. The group split in
1839 over the radical direction it was beginning to take. The less radical faction evolved into the American and
Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, which evolved into the Liberty Party in 1840. The American Anti-Slavery Society
officially dissolved in 1870 with the end of the Civil War but was refounded in 2017 by concerned Libertarians and
Republicans who saw the plight of people from Arabia, Latin America and Asia who are being sold.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit
human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Every year, millions of men, women, and children
worldwide—including in the United States—are victims of human trafficking. Victims are often lured with false
promises of well-paying jobs or are manipulated by people they trust, but instead are forced or coerced into
prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor, or other types of forced labor.
The AASSONE investigates human trafficking and raises awareness in protecting
victims. AASSONE also raises awareness and sees contributions to help victims.