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Harvard Kennedy School Hosts First Intercollegiate Convention Against Modern Slavery

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.

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How do we build capacity in the field of anti-slavery?

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.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

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.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: The Other Migrant Crisis

We have been watching, with great concern the situation unfolding in Kuwait of the abhorrent abuse of human rights that has occurred against an Ethiopian domestic worker.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Business Council of Australia supports changes to modern slavery legislation

The Walk Free Foundation today welcomed the Business Council of Australia’s statement of support for the adoption of Australian legislation to combat modern slavery.

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Thinking globally, acting locally: is local public policy anti-slavery’s missing link?

By Dr. Alison Gardner

In July 2016, UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised to ‘flex the muscle of all parts of the UK Government’ in eradicating modern slavery. Yet whilst her government seeks to ‘get a real grip’ on policy at a national level, there has been minimal focus in the UK on the potential contribution of local public services, places and communities.

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The Case for an Australian Modern Slavery Act

By Shaeron Yapp

In 2017 the Australian Government will be considering whether we need to introduce a “Modern Slavery Act”. The recently announced Federal Inquiry provides an invaluable opportunity for consultation between the Government, businesses and civil society to determine what reform is needed here in Australia.

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MEDIA RELASE: ILO and Walk Free Foundation to collaborate on Global Estimate of Modern Slavery

Joint research by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation will provide critical data for measuring progress on achieving Target 8.7 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Wapres: Jenis Perbudakan Modern Lebih Beragam

KOMPAS – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla mengatakan, sejumlah kebijakan yang dikeluarkan pemerintah belum berhasil mereduksi praktik perbudakan di masyarakat. LINK

Maudy Ayunda Terima Tantangan Jadi Duta Melawan Perbudakan Modern

WARTA KOTA – Artis sekaligus penyanyi muda Maudy Ayunda menerima tantangan mengisi hari-harinya untuk beraktivitas menjadi duta untuk membawa pesan kepada generasi muda melawan perbudakan modern. LINK

Wapres JK dan Sejumlah Tokoh Agama Sepakat Hapuskan Perbudakan Modern

TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla sepakat dengan gerakan tokoh agama yang menginginkan penghapusan perbudakan modern. LINK

JK Beberkan Bentuk Perbudakan Modern yang Harus Diberantas

CNN – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla turut hadir dalam acara penandatanganan deklarasi memberantas perbudakan modern yang digagas oleh Global Freedom Network dan Universitas Paramadina. Dalam acara tersebut JK membeberkan bentuk-bentuk perbudakan modern di zaman sekarang. LINK

Para pemuka agama deklarasikan pemberantasan perbudaan modern

Tabloid Jubi – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla menyaksikan secara langsung penandatanganan deklarasi pemberantasan perbudakan modern oleh para pemuka agama di Indonesia. LINK

VP Kalla supports religious leaders committed to eradicating modern-day slavery

Antaranews – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla has lauded and expressed support to the measures adopted by religious leaders who are committed to eradicating modern-day slavery by signing an agreement at the Vice Presidential offices in Jakarta, Tuesday. LINK

Religious Leaders Issue Joint Call for Eradication of Modern Slavery

JAKARTA GLOBE – Indonesian religious leaders call for an end to slavery in a declaration signed in Jakarta on Tuesday. The gesture is part of a global movement against the human trafficking and forced labor. LINK

MEDIA RELEASE: Indonesian religious leaders unite against modern slavery

This morning, seven religious leaders who represent all religions constitutionally admitted in Indonesia; Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism gathered and expressed their commitment to stand united against modern slavery in an event hosted by the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, at the Vice Presidential Palace, Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta.

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We can be the generation that ends slavery

By Shaeron Yapp

I want to make a difference to end child slavery all around the world – Emily, Age 12” was just one of inspiring pledges written by Year 7 students at the Thrive Event on 8 March 2017.

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#BeBoldForChange: Promising practices to tackle early marriage

By Katharine Bryant

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. And the need to be bold could not be more timely.

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Select Committee on Human Trafficking Inquiry (NSW)

In this submission presented to the NSW Select Committee Inquiry into Human Trafficking, the Walk Free Foundation presents the case as to why Australia needs as a priority a “Modern Slavery Act”

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MEDIA RELEASE: Welcome action on modern slavery legislation inquiry

The Walk Free Foundation is delighted with today’s Australian Government announcement of an inquiry into the adoption of national legislation to combat modern slavery.

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Innovation – Evolution – PARTNERSHIP!

By Professor Kevin Bales CMG

Every great change begins with an idea and a start-up, whether it is the transformation of the world through computer technology, or the beginning of the end of slavery. All start-ups evolve in a challenging environment, and in time those that survive and prosper tend to join together – maximising skills, human and financial resources, and reach. Today, 25 years into the fourth great anti-slavery movement in human history, consolidation and partnership is the theme of the hour.

read more to start new chapter as Freedom United! was launched in 2012 as a global community with a shared vision of a world free from modern slavery. Andrew and Nicola Forrest founded with their daughter Grace, after her volunteer work exposed them to the reality of modern slavery. The Movement as it is fondly known to us, was the first initiative to be launched under the Minderoo-backed Walk Free Foundation.

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Death, taxes, conflict and migration

Migration was a key political challenge for Europe in 2016, and has risen to become the current issue on the global agenda, following President Trump’s Executive Order, banning entry to the US for nationals of 7 countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians take steps to tackle modern slavery

By Katharine Bryant

Last Thursday, I had the honour of participating in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

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Andrew Forrest driven to an end modern slavery throughout the world

This article originally appeared in Herald Sun.

HIS Order of Australia citation recognises his “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the development of employment and business opportunities, as a supporter of sustainable foreign investment, and to philanthropy”.

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Australia Day: Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s philanthropy recognised

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review.

Mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest says every Australian can help stop insidious global slavery by doing something as simple as stopping to ask the check out operator about your produce before you buy it.

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Modern slavery – an issue for Australia?

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

On this Australia Day, anti-slavery campaigner Andrew Forrest is one of seven incredible candidates for the prestigious honour of Australian of the Year. While Mr. Forrest’s personal efforts to root out slavery in his own company’s supply chains have drawn much needed attention to the issue, the perception of most Australians remains that slavery is either a relic of the past or someone else’s problem.

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New weapon in the fight against modern slavery


A powerful new partnership to super-charge global research on modern slavery and human trafficking has been announced by the University of Nottingham and the Walk Free Foundation.

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UN Security Council acts on modern slavery in conflict

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.
By Fiona David and Dr Eleanor Tighe

The failures of the UN Security Council remain a very real challenge for us today. In a world gone mad – children buried under rubble in Aleppo, war crimes being undertaken on all sides in the battle for Mosul – it is easy to lose hope, and particularly to lose faith in the key institution that was intended to ensure peace to the world, the UN Security Council. Is it any surprise that in Europe, one philanthropist has offered a $5 million prize to anyone who can come up with a new improved, system of global governance – a redesigned “UN 2.0”?

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Has the Qatari government ‘abolished’ the Kafala system?

By Katharine Bryant

In recent news, the Qatari government has made the announcement that it has abolished Kafala, the exploitative labour system used throughout the Middle East. It effectively ties employees to their employers without the opportunity to change jobs or leave the country without their employer’s permission. Those who do not seek permission can face deportation or arrest. Reports suggest that construction workers have died because of appalling working conditions in the construction of the World Cup stadiums, while domestic workers working in private homes are particularly vulnerable to horrendous physical, psychological and sexual abuse.

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It’s everyone’s business to end slavery

This article originally appeared in Huffington Post.
By Andrew Forrest

This is the challenge of fighting modern slavery in Australia, where it is not common, and where our daily lives don’t intersect with the horrors that fellow human beings are experiencing in other countries.

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Collaboration between Walk Free Foundation and the International Organization for Migration


In January 2015, the Chairman of the Walk Free Foundation, Andrew Forrest and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing, signed an Memorandum of Understanding committing the two organisations to working together against modern slavery.

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UNODC and Walk Free Foundation sign MoU to estimate the extent of trafficking in persons


As today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is timely that UNODC and Walk Free Foundation announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the organizations to work together to estimate the number of victims of human trafficking in an initial four countries.

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More than 45 million people trapped in modern slavery with two-thirds in Asia-Pacific region, report finds

This article originally appeared on ABC News.

More than 45 million people are living as modern slaves around the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, with two-thirds reported in the Asia-Pacific region.

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With Over 18 Million People, India Tops Global Slavery Index

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people in the world trapped in modern slavery with 18.35 million victims of forced labour, ranging from prostitution and begging, according to a new report, which estimated that nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally.

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Nearly 46 Million People Trapped in Modern Slavery, Report Finds

This article originally appeared on Bloomberg.

Nearly 46 million people across the globe are living in modern slavery, a system of exploitation that governments and businesses must do more to end, according to the Walk Free Foundation.

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Qatar ranks 5th globally for modern day slavery

This article originally appeared on Gulf News.

A report by the Walk Free Foundation placed the country behind only North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia and India for slavery prevalence.

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Almost 46 million people trapped in slavery with North Korea, India key offenders: global index

This article originally appeared on Reuters.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index launched on Tuesday with Australian actor Russell Crowe.

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Study faults Japan for inaction on modern-day slavery

This article originally appeared in Japan Times.

Almost 46 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, two-thirds of them in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a study released Tuesday.

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3.39 million Chinese trapped in modern day slavery

This article originally appeared on Hong Kong Free Press.

More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific region, a study showed Tuesday.

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Report: Mauritania is no longer the world’s slavery capital

This article originally appeared on CNN.

Mauritania, the West African country long thought to be home to the world’s highest percentage of enslaved people, no longer holds that lamentable title, according to a report released late Monday.

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Global index: Risk of modern slavery in 115 countries

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera.

Sixty percent of countries at high risk of using slaves, with 46 million people worldwide engaged in forced labour.

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46 Millionen Sklaven gibt es auf der Welt – heute!

This article originally appeared on Jetzt.

Der “Global Slavery Index 2016” berichtet über moderne Formen der Sklaverei. Finanziert wird er vom australischen Milliardär Andrew Forrest, der einen Großteil seines Vermögens mit Bergbauunternehmen verdient hat. Ein Gespräch.

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Nearly 46 Million People Are Subject To Some Form Of Modern Slavery

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Across the globe an estimated 45.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery.
Nearly 46 million men, women and children across 167 countries are subject to some form of modern-day slavery, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index (GSI).

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45.8 million people are enslaved across the world


An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery – 28% more than previously estimated. They are enslaved through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation. This is revealed in the 2016 Global Slavery Index, the flagship research report published today by the Walk Free Foundation.