Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2019-2020

Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2019-2020 here.


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

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


Need for coordinated action by G7 leaders on Forced Labour - Open Letter

The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner co-signed an open letter calling on G7 Heads of State and Government to elevate and act on this issue of forced labour in global supply chains.

A copy of the letter can be read here.

Following the Summit, the Commissioner welcomes the commitment from G7 leaders to continue to work collaboratively on the issue of forced labour, as set out in the Free and Fair Trade section of the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique.

Coronavirus Response

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has expressed concern about the impact of Coronavirus on the provision of support to victims and survivors of modern slavery. The Commissioner is working closely with NGOs, statutory bodies and government to encourage dialogue and share information:

  • The Commissioner has written to the Home Office to raise her concerns. 
  • The Commissioner has written to the sector to clarify information on support rates for victims and survivors.
  • The Commissioner’s office has created a list of Q&As in response to queries raised at an NGO forum.
  • Actions from a meeting held between the Commissioner, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and NGOs on labour exploitation can be found here.
  • A note from a second meeting held between the Commissioner, GLAA and NGOs can be found here.

We are collating a list of resources for the sector. Please check back regularly and contact the office should you have concerns or further resources.


Home Office mailing list and resources - EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has created a community bulletin for stakeholder updates on the EU Settlement Scheme. You can sign up to this here. Further resources include a toolkit for community groups to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK and communications material


Report by the Bakhita Centre at St Mary's University - What Looks Promising for Tackling Modern Slavery: A review of practice-based research

A new report by Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse examines the role that practice-based research can play in policy development and survivor support. This report is intended to help inform policy and practice using materials not published in academic journals. It is intended to identify strengths that can be shared and built upon.

Read the report here


Report - Preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in the financial sector: A call to action

A study commissioned by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner led by Themis and TRIBE Freedom Foundation explores ways the financial sector can identify and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. The work examines the risks and links faced by different types of organisations and sectors within the financial services industry. A forthcoming report will highlight practical steps that financial services firms can take. 

To find out more, please visit the Themis website.

Read the report 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.


Statutory Agencies

Recent News & Insights

News | 16 June 2021
Support organisations and leading bodies on anti-trafficking and modern slavery recognise the need for a more standardised, professional and consistent approach to care for survivors. The British Red Cross, Hope for Justice and the Snowdrop Project today announce a new partnership aimed at helping survivors of modern slavery to rebuild and regain control of their lives.
News | 15 June 2021
Dame Sara Thornton, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, welcomes the commitment from G7 leaders to continue working together to protect individuals from forced labour and to ensure that global supply chains are free from the use of forced labour, as set out in the Free and Fair Trade section of the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique.
News | 08 June 2021
Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Alex Thier, CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, write in today’s Red Box section of The Times that G7 leaders must take a coordinated approach to tackling the global issue of forced labour in supply chains.
News | 08 June 2021
Dame Sara Thornton, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has called on G7 countries to ban state-controlled forced labour and use the debate over China to focus G7 efforts to tackle the global issue of modern slavery.
News | 02 June 2021
New research published today examines the case for a public health approach to modern slavery and identifies the key components that are considered important in enabling the anti-slavery sector to address modern slavery through a public health lens.
News | 26 May 2021
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, and the Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, have responded to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the College of Policing and the Independent Office for Police Conduct in response to a super-complaint submitted by Hestia about the police response to victims of modern slavery.

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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