Bringing together parliamentarians, government officials, researchers, civil society, survivors and survivor organisations from around the Commonwealth and beyond, the conference aimed to increase participants knowledge and understanding on the support and protection needed for survivors of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour, examining existing approaches and inspiring new and well-targeted future work, including new research.
The conference served as an opportunity to join forces and to reflect on the existing systems and policies addressing modern slavery. It provided a platform for participants to reflect upon and discuss current policies and programmes, encourage an embedded approach to survivor involvement in policy development and collate data that can inform innovative and effectual future policies and research.
During the conference, participants had the opportunity to collaborate and build networks with a diverse range of national, regional and global stakeholders.
- Former UK Prime Minister Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
- Rt Hon Frank Field, Chair of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act
- Professor Parosha Chandran, Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law at King’s College, London and human rights barrister at One Pump Court
- Professor Tomoya Obokata, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
- R. Evon Idahosa Esq, Founder and Executive Director at Pathfinders Justice Initiative
- Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz, Vice President of GRETA, Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
- Lord McColl of Dulwich, Member of the House of Lords and promoter of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill