The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2021-2022


Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2021-2022 here.

 

Preventing trafficking risks for Ukrainian refugees - IASC statement


On 24 March 2022 the former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton released a statement on her concerns about the serious risks of human trafficking for individuals fleeing the war in Ukraine and the importance of a preventative approach.

The full statement can be read here.

On April 25 2022 Dame Sara sent a letter to the UK Minister for Safeguarding commending a set of recommendations developed by the OSCE to enhance efforts to identify and mitigate online risks of human trafficking emerging from the war Ukraine.

 

The critical role of the financial sector in eradicating modern slavery


Earlier in 2022 the former Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton addressed financial services and investor audiences about the practical steps that businesses and senior managers should be taking to address modern slavery risks and concern. Two web events are now available to view on demand: The Simmons & Simmons LLP Global Insights: Modern Slavery in financial services and The Investor Forum: The role of investors in eradicating modern slavery.

Ongoing engagement in this area follows the January 2021 launch of Preventing Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: an agenda for action across the financial sector, a report jointly produced with Themis and the Tribe Freedom Foundation, and subsequent IASC review and five recommendations published in September 2021.

In March 2022 Themis launched new digital learning training for the financial sector developed in partnership with the IASC, the UK National Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group, with support from Unseen, RedCompass Labs and AllianceBernstein.  Find out more here.

Joint Statement following the conclusion of the Roundtable on Trafficking in Human Beings and the Financial Sector


The Roundtable on Trafficking in Human Beings and the Financial Sector, jointly organized by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner with the Organization of Co-operation and Security (OSCE) and Finance against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Initiative was hosted in London on 30 November 2021. It brought together financial institutions, financial intelligence units, and anti-trafficking coordinators from twelve countries to discuss the importance of detecting and disrupting illicit financial flows generated from trafficking in human beings within legitimate financial networks.

Read the joint statement from the IASC, OSCE and FAST following the conclusion of the roundtable on the critical role of the financial sector in combating trafficking in human beings and modern-day slavery.

IASC response to the Nationality and Borders Bill


The former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, wrote to the Home Secretary in response to the Nationality and Borders Bill which was introduced on 6 July 2021.

Dame Sara’s letter refers to the Bill as a whole where measures may impact victims of modern slavery with detailed focus on Part 4 (now Part 5) Modern Slavery. The letter highlights the potential for the legislation to make the identification of modern slavery victims harder. It raises concerns that the proposals will increase vulnerability to trafficking but may not  deter migrants from putting themselves in the hands of the smugglers and traffickers. Finally, it warns that the proposal that those sentenced to twelve months or more in prison should not receive support within the National Referral Mechanism could significantly undermine the ability to bring traffickers to justice.

Read the Dame Sara Thornton’s letter to the Home Secretary here.

An op-ed written by Dame Sara Thornton was published in The Times Red Box on 4 November 2021. 

On 29 December 2021 The Telegraph published an op-ed co-written by Dame Sara and Victims' Commissioner Dame Vera Baird outlining their joint concerns about the risks of the Bill on victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Times published IASC commentary about Clause 62 of the Bill in its Law section on 10 February 2022. Read it here

An op-ed written by Dame Sara about her concerns over discretionary leave to remain for victims of modern slavery was published by The Guardian on  17 March 2021. Access it here.

 

The role of independent National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms in enhancing States’ anti-trafficking responses


The Organization for Security and Partnership in Europe (OSCE) in partnership with the former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner issued a brief on the role of independent National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms in enhancing States’ anti-trafficking responses.

In July 2021 experts from across the OSCE area were invited to share their existing experience and discuss the role of independent National Rapporteurs with a view to strengthening States’ responses to human trafficking.

Based on the roundtable findings the brief outlines key improvements that can be delivered by independent National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms, and encourages States to consider several recommendations and proposals for action on issues including resourcing, data collection and analysis, and multi-agency co-operation.

The full issue brief can be read here.

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021


Read the former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021 here.

 

What is modern slavery?


Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation, controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security.

 

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Recent News & Insights

News | 29 April 2022
Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton has today published a report which examines the risks and drivers of labour exploitation in the construction sector.
News | 29 April 2022
IASC publishes a paper on responses from permanent secretaries on goods subject to US Import bans
News | 28 April 2022
A blog by Dame Sara Thornton
News | 27 April 2022
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has published her Annual Report 2021-2022.
News | 26 April 2022
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) has launched a new paper examining programmes available to support survivors of modern slavery to prepare for work.
News | 25 April 2022
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched a new report collating short, policy-focused research briefings which begin to address the IASC modern slavery research priorities which were published last year.

What do I do if I think someone is a victim of modern slavery?


If you think someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. In order to protect the potential victim, do not attempt to inform them of your actions.

If you think someone is a potential victim but there is no immediate threat to life, please call the local police on 101.

You can also call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 24 hours a day.

If you have information you wish to give anonymously and confidentially you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See the ‘Resources’ page for more detailed guidance on how to refer a victim of modern slavery for support.

 

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