Modern Slavery

CPA UK Modern Slavery Project

The CPA UK Modern Slavery Project is a four year multilateral project funded by the UK Government providing practical advice and support to Commonwealth legislatures in the pursuit of combatting modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour. The project aims to encourage and facilitate a greater understanding of the national and international benefits of introducing modern slavery-related legislation and exchange learning.

Modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour are a global phenomenon. Research in 2017 from The Walk Free Foundation and the International Labour Organization estimates that there are over 40 million victims of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking worldwide. 

From 2016-2020, CPA UK delivered a four year multilateral project, funded by the UK Government, providing practical advice and support to Commonwealth legislatures in the pursuit of combatting modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour. We will build on this project through continued work with Commonwealth parliamentarians and officials, exchanging learning and sharing good practice to develop and strengthen modern slavery-related legislation across their jurisdictions.

To get in touch with the Modern Slavery Project team email modernslaveryproject@parliament.uk 

Recent Activities

Virtual Caribbean Regional Workshop on Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and other Contemporary Forms of Exploitation, 2-3 February 2021

CPA UK brought together parliamentarians and officials from across the UK and Caribbean to increase awareness and build networks in response to the global challenge of human trafficking and forced labour. Read the report here.

Virtual International Conference: Assisting and Protecting Survivors of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced Labour, 15-16 September 2020

From 15 – 16 September 2020, CPA UK – in partnership with the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC) – organised a two-day virtual conference on Assisting and Protecting Survivors of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced Labour. Read more here.

Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop: The Role of Parliamentary Committees on Combatting Human Trafficking & Forced Labour, Perth, Australia, 16-18 December 2019

The workshop brought together APAC parliamentarians and clerks to explore “The Role of Parliamentary Committees in Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labour”. In particular, the workshop focused on the role of committees in gathering targeted data, scrutinising anti-trafficking policy and legislation and overseeing governmental implementation of existing policy and legislation related to these issues. Read the report here.

Expert Regional Workshop: The Role of Parliamentary Committees on Combatting Human Trafficking & Forced Labour, Accra, Ghana, 11-13 June 2019

The Expert Regional Workshop built on previous technical programmes where Commonwealth parliamentary champions shared knowledge on modern slavery-related issues particularly related to the role and remit of committees in providing scrutiny and oversight. Read the report here.