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.
Tatiana has extensive experience working in the anti-trafficking field for over 10 years. She is the Director of Strategy, overseeing implementation of the Commissioner's 5 strategic priorities. She also advises on victim support and partnerships, 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).
Briony Balsom joined the Commissioner’s team from Oxfam, where she was Humanitarian Policy Adviser, focusing on Africa, Peacekeeping and Protection. Prior to that she served as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps for just shy of 10 years, spending time in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa focusing on Somalia. During this time Briony’s diverse roles included Aide de Camp to the Chief of Defence Staff, the now Lord Houghton of Richmond (Dec 2013 to May 2015), Adjutant at the Joint Intelligence Training Group’s Training Delivery Division, Threats Officer at the Ministry of Defence and various operational intelligence positions.
Before joining the Army Briony studied English at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in 2005. Following university she worked as Public Information Officer at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in Jerusalem.
In any spare time Briony enjoys photography, theatre, eating and seeking out green spaces in London.
Christopher Ansell is the Office Manager for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Christopher also utilises his trafficking expertise as Training Lead, assisting the Commissioner in driving the UK’s modern slavery training for frontline professionals.
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 betweet 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.
Vicky leads on victim protection and partnerships in the office, focusing on identifying good practice in victim support and encouraging and developing effective partnership-working across the UK.
Previously, Vicky worked at Anti-Slavery International for 5 years, the majority of which was spent coordinating the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group – a UK-wide coalition of anti-trafficking NGOs. In this role she led on the group’s research and advocacy work; monitoring the UK’s anti-slavery response and lobbying for improvements.
Prior to this role at Anti-Slavery International she worked on the ‘RACE in Europe’ project, a multi-country European project focusing on trafficking for forced criminal exploitation and forced begging. Vicky also has previous experience working within a victim support organisation in Northern Thailand.
She has a background in health research and holds an MA in Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, where her research focused on the UK’s criminal justice response to human trafficking. During her studies, Vicky volunteered with ECPAT UK supporting the running of the weekly youth group for young people who had been trafficked.
Caroline leads on international engagement, focusing on progressing a strategic and coordinated international response to modern slavery through bilateral relationships and multilateral cooperation.
Prior to joining the office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Caroline worked at the National Audit Office on the Home Affairs and Justice team, assessing value for money of government spending. She specialised on vulnerable persons and migration programmes. Her studies include reports on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme and on the implementation of the Home Office’s modern slavery strategy.
Previously, Caroline worked at the French Embassy in the UK as a Policy Analyst specialising on trade, investment and economic diplomacy. Prior to that, she did a one-year placement at the French Embassy in India.
Caroline studied Political and Social Science at Sciences Po Paris. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester.
Article 4: Freedom from slavery - #UDHRarticles #standup4humanrights @UNHumanRights https://commit.standup4humanrights.org/en/article_4.php …
Here’s a brilliant resource from @HumanTraffFdn, supported by @UKAntiSlavery, mapping support services for #humantrafficking survivors in the UK - https://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/support-services …
Wonderful to finally see this research on survivors’ definitions of slavery out. Many thanks to our brilliant co-authors https://academic.oup.com/hrlr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/hrlr/ngy032/5195670 … @minhspeakstruth @zoetrodd @rightsbeacon @empwrsurvivors
This afternoon, we hold the next oral evidence session for our inquiry into Modern Slavery, hearing from organisations which provide help and support to victims https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2017/modern-slavery-evidence-17-191/ …