Opposing Slavery

Students Opposing Slavery (SOS) is an award-winning youth education program for students dedicated to continuing Lincoln’s fight for freedom by raising awareness about modern slavery within a high-risk population – teenagers. Learn more about Students Opposing Slavery.

About the Initiative

In October 2016, SOS received the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons at the meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the White House. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the medal to SOS students and Cottage staff members. For more on the award, please read our press release.

Our Goals
  • Raise awareness of human trafficking
  • Empower youth leaders of the anti-trafficking movement at the annual Summit
  • Create a wave of education and action
  • Encourage others to join the fight
  • Continue Abraham Lincoln’s fight for freedom

Check out the Grateful American Foundation’s video about the 2017 International SOS Summit.


Started in

Over 150

students have attend the Summit

23 countries

Participation from

SOS International Summit

A cornerstone of the SOS program is the week-long Students Opposing Slavery International Summit, which President Lincoln’s Cottage first launched in 2013. At the Summit, dozens of teenagers from around the world come together to gain resources and training to take action against human trafficking in their own communities. Started in 2012 by four teenagers who believed that they had a responsibility to do what they could to end slavery in their time, SOS has flourished under the auspices of President Lincoln’s Cottage.

Today, SOS is a growing network of young abolitionists from around Washington, D.C., the nation, and the world who are working together to end slavery.

The 2023 SOS Summit took place from June 25 – July 1. Stay tuned for information about next year’s program!

Dalai Lama with Group


Interested in learning more about SOS? Contact the Education Department at President Lincoln’s Cottage at or call 202-829-0436 x223.


To donate to the SOS program, go to our “Donate” page and write “Students Opposing Slavery” in the Special Instructions box. Thank you for your generous support of this program, as we continue Lincoln’s fight for freedom.