More than 45 million people are held in some form of slavery throughout the world. Modern slavery is a complex and often hidden crime that crosses borders, sectors and jurisdictions. It impacts on all of us, from the food we consume and the goods we purchase. And it is our responsibility to tackle this crime.
The Walk Free Foundation works to provide an integrated strategy to respond to this scourge against humanity. We believe that a strong multi-faceted approach through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs and governments around the world, is needed to end modern slavery. This includes building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
The Foundation was launched by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2012 and encompasses their vision to end modern slavery globally. Seed funded by the Forrests’ Minderoo Foundation, it provides the information and capabilities required for countries to defeat slavery in their jurisdictions.
By Davina P. Durgana, PhD and Diana Sheedy
The Intercollegiate Coalition Against Modern Slavery (ICAMS) convened a powerful event at Harvard Kennedy School that brought together leaders in the anti-slavery field and engaged student leaders committing to working on this issue, including survivors, students, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds.
By Professor Kevin Bales, CMG
We all want to end slavery, but how? We all want to support freed slaves, but how?
Sooner or later everyone in the world of human rights, anti-trafficking, and anti-slavery asks these questions. These questions spring up whenever we wrestle with the tough challenges of liberation and reintegration. Around the world people and professionals can be baffled trying to understand the nuances of the ever-changing yet ever-constant ugly facts of slavery. Definitions vary, laws vary, the many types of enslavement vary, even anti-slavery strategies and goals vary – how can we make sense of them all? This confusion, this hunger for understanding, is not surprising given that there has been no organized, in-depth, professional training and education program available to anti-slavery and anti-trafficking activists and workers… until now.
The filing deadline for the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry on Modern Slavery is less than 3 weeks away with submissions to be filed by 28 April (international organisations have until 19 May). With Easter around the corner, there is not much time left.