The Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner includes staff members with a background in law enforcement, policy, victim support, research, human rights and those with years of general experience in the UK’s anti-slavery sector.
Rebecca has worked in the Home Office for many years and has an interest in promoting good practice in the treatment of vulnerable people. She has led asylum teams and sought to put in place processes for interacting with asylum seekers with mental health issues and to raise awareness of the impacts of trauma. Rebecca was part of the team who conducted the 2014 review of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) making recommendations, some of which are now being implemented through NRM Reform.
For two years Rebecca worked in the Diversity Team of the Home Office embedding diversity across the HO People Strategy. Prior to joining the Commissioner’s Office Rebecca worked in the Modern Slavery Unit where she covered a range of roles from Prevent policy, programme management, and beginning the procurement of a new victim care contract.
Rebecca is the Chief of Staff for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, setting up the team to support her and ensuring that her strategy is developed and programme managing its delivery.
Tatiana has extensive experience working in the anti-trafficking field for over 15 years. Having led the previous Commissioner's strategic priorities, she is currently Victims and Partnerships Lead, providing advice and leading on senior engagement with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory stakeholders.
Previously, Tatiana worked at the Human Trafficking Foundation leading the Foundation's development work and partnership with the civil society sector for over three years. She was appointed the Foundation's Director in April 2015.
Tatiana started her career at the International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova, and was responsible for carrying out national awareness raising campaigns, visibility of all IOM Moldova projects, as well as relations with national and international counterparts, including mass media. Tatiana is also an experienced trainer in the modern slavery and human trafficking field.
In 2009, Tatiana won an Open Society Institute/ Chevening Scholarship to undertake a Master’s degree in Politics, Security and Integration at University College London. She is also an alumna of the US Department of State Future Leaders Exchange Programme (FLEX).
Jenny is a Detective Chief Inspector from Devon and Cornwall Police. She is currently Law Enforcement Lead at the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
She specializes in transforming the national policing response to Modern Slavery and has a background leading large scale complex Modern Slavery investigations since 2013. As the senior investigating officer on Operation Endeavour, she ran a multi-agency investigation into the exploitation of migrant workers in rural Cambridgeshire by a number of Eastern European organised crime groups, eventually securing convictions with 23+ years imprisonment for gangmaster, money laundering and sham marriage offences.
Following promotion to Detective Chief Inspector in 2016 she was then seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as an associate inspector. There Jenny participated in PEEL inspection activity and later went on to design and deliver the Modern Slavery thematic inspection in early 2017, whilst also graduating from Warwick Business School achieving a Msc (merit) in Police Leadership and Management. In April 2017 Jenny then moved to Devon to commencing her role as Head of Operations and Development with the transformation programme.
Reena Campbell Statton is the Private Sector Lead at the Office of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She is on secondment from the Home Office for six months and prior to joining the team, worked in the secretariat supporting the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. In this role, she supported the review of the legal application of the Act. Reena has a personal interest in the area and has been a passionate supporter of charities working to eradicate modern slavery for many years.
She previously worked at the Ministry of Defence for five years, undertaking a variety of different roles including intelligence analysis, private office and project management. Her day job is working in Extremism Analysis Unit, where she built subject matter expertise on right-wing extremism and leads on stakeholder management and academic engagement.
Katherine Lawson is the Communications Officer at the Office of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She joined the team in early 2018 originally as a Policy Officer, supporting the delivery of the Commissioner’s work to ensure improved victim identification and care, and to drive better partnership working across the modern slavery sector in the UK.
She previously worked at the research institute Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, for five years focused on UK-Africa relations. In this capacity she researched and wrote reports on the illegal wildlife trade and on landmine clearance in Africa. Whilst at Chatham House she co-ordinated two All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Nigeria and Angola. The Nigeria APPG conducted a research visit to Nigeria in 2018 which examined shared approaches to tackling human trafficking from Nigeria to the UK.
Christopher Ansell is the Office Manager for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Christopher was a police officer for over 37 years and retired as a detective in 2013. He investigated a number of cases of human trafficking, both in the UK and around the world. Following his retirement from the police and before joining the Commissioner’s team, Christopher was employed on the European Communities Against Trafficking Project as Project Support Coordinator.
This was an EU funded project coordinated between the Borough of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking and Kidnap Unit. The project also partnered with a specialist anti-trafficking charity, RAHAB, whom Christopher worked closely with. As part of this role, Christopher led on modern slavery training for frontline professionals.
The victims of the terrible trade in human beings are all around us, Dame Sara tells @Sunday_Post. More here & below - https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/i-was-sold-as-a-slave-for-3500-in-scotland-victim-of-barbaric-human-traffickers-reveals-ordeal/ … https://twitter.com/Sunday_Post/status/1183457528581107713 …
Today marks the beginning of #AntiSlaveryWeek2019 - a week to consider the millions affected by #modernslavery throughout the world, including the UK, and how each of us can play our role in combating it. See details of events happening across the UK here https://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/anti-slaverydayeventscalendar2019 …
Homeless people are at risk of modern slavery - #LetsTalk to spread the word and say #WeSeeYou to victims of modern slavery in the church's homeless projects. https://theclewerinitiative.org/news/2019/10/13/homeless-people-at-risk-of-modern-slavery … pic.twitter.com/qlPqLMSIMg
Whether you want to hear a talk about contemporary collections and artists' responses to modern slavery, or want to take a closer look at some of the objects in our collection that relate to human rights - there is something for everyone on 18-19 October. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/events/anti-slavery-day-listings.aspx … pic.twitter.com/ZGpeJOezvM
Four members of a multi-national criminal gang who forced women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages in Glasgow have today been found guilty of #humantrafficking and slavery offences. Dame Sara comments - https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/criminal-gang-found-guilty-of-human-trafficking-and-slavery-offences-in-glasgow/ …