Spearheading the UK’s fight against modern slavery
Kevin Hyland OBE is the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Commissioner’s role was created as one of the key provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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.

45,800,000

people live in slavery today
(Global Slavery Index 2016)
13,000

potential victims of slavery are in the UK
(Home Office 2014)
21,000,000

people are victims of forced labour
(ILO 2012)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:


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Recent News & Insights


News | 28 April 2017
Senior officials, CEOs and third sector leaders were among the featured speakers at the fifth annual Sedona Forum, held 21-23 April 2017 by the McCain Institute for International Leadership.         Discussions focused on today’s challenges for world...
News | 18 April 2017
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News | 06 April 2017
On Monday 3rd April 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to MPs following the two year anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2015. The Commissioner celebrates where progress has been...
News | 05 April 2017
A year on since the transparency in supply chains legislation of the Modern Slavery Act came into force, and, with more and more countries looking into passing similar supply chains legislation, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has written a...
News | 27 March 2017
Yesterday marked two years since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent and last week saw the 210th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act 1807. As the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, appointed by the Prime Minister in her former...
News | 26 March 2017
Marking the two year anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks with Amelia Gentleman about Vietnamese teenagers being trafficked to the UK to work in illegal cannabis farms. Read the full article: UK...
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