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News | 15 March 2017
UN Security Council Debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labour, slavery and other similar practices Remarks of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE As the United Kingdom’s first appointed Independent...
News | 08 March 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, has launched a new research project mapping modern slavery partnerships across the UK. To combat modern slavery in the UK, a number of ‘partnerships’ have...
News | 22 February 2017
The protection of vulnerable children at risk of exploitation in forms of modern slavery is a core priority for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. In a written statement, the Commissioner shares his views on: Safe refuge for...
News | 17 February 2017
Last week I joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, for a forum on modern slavery – ‘Sins Before Our Eyes’. Over two days, in the company of scholars, practitioners...
News | 16 February 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham, would like to map the current evidence base on contemporary slavery (including human trafficking), especially as it has an impact on the United Kingdom. The...
News | 12 February 2017
Thousands of unaccompanied child migrants are arriving in Europe each year - tricked by false promises of a better life. Instead, many find themselves trafficked into prostitution and slavery. Christina Lamb reports, with comments from the Independent...
News | 02 February 2017
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner recently completed an inspection of UK Border Force’s identification and treatment of potential victims of modern slavery. Findings are detailed in a...
News | 02 February 2017
In December 2016 I wrote to the Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill MP, to share my concerns with regards to the guidance on implementation of Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. The eligibility criteria for transfers of children from...
News | 31 January 2017
It is estimated that there are as many as 13,000 people trapped in modern slavery in the United Kingdom, relentlessly suffering at the hands of ruthless slave masters. Many find this difficult to comprehend. Where is this happening? Is it really taking...
News | 26 January 2017
A leading homelessness charity, The Passage, has found that rough sleepers on the streets of the UK are at risk of becoming victims of modern slavery. The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has previously identified that slave masters prey on...
News | 20 January 2017
On 10th January 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to the Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, Sarah Newton MP, regarding the UK's National Referral Mechanism. In the letter...
News | 19 January 2017
The death of a car-wash worker was condemned yesterday as a blatant example of modern slavery on Britain’s high streets. Kevin Hyland, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said the case was “one of the worst examples of modern slavery to be seen on...
News | 19 January 2017
On 19th January 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in response to a call for evidence for extending the GCA's remit in the UK groceries supply chain. You can read the full...
News | 18 January 2017
Millions around the world are trapped in modern slavery in supply chains of big businesses. As world leaders attend the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, urges business leaders to take ownership...
News | 12 January 2017
Child sex slaves from Africa are among victims being trafficked into Scotland by criminal gangs. Kevin Hyland, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said: “The number of victims entering the National Referral Mechanism has continued to...
News | 22 December 2016
I am calling for written submissions on how a central repository for modern slavery statements, required under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, can work to help monitor the impact of the Modern Slavery Act. Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, with...
News | 18 December 2016
People around the world are increasingly on the move and in record numbers. The refugee and migrant crisis has brought this to the forefront of political agendas, charity campaigns and public consciousness. But I see this crisis fast becoming a modern...
News | 10 December 2016
Around the world, millions of people are wrongfully robbed of basic human rights. The crime of modern slavery does not only go against the more obvious right to life and liberty, but in fact seeps its way across the entire spectrum of rights.
News | 18 November 2016
‘Missing’ and ‘child’ are two words that should not go together. And yet, this is a harsh reality for child victims of modern slavery in the UK, who often go missing within 24 hours of arriving in care.
News | 02 November 2016
Last week global leaders in law enforcement and senior Bishops in the Catholic Church came together for the Santa Marta Group, an annual conference focusing on combating modern slavery.
News | 17 October 2016
On the evening of Wednesday 12th October, the UK’s first ever Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner hosted an event at Westminster Abbey to mark the UK’s commitment to combat modern slavery.
News | 12 October 2016
The UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, has today launched his first annual report, which was laid before Parliament, Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly this morning.
News | 21 September 2016
On 19th September 2016 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, regarding prevention and identification of modern slavery in Calais.
News | 19 September 2016
Using a silo approach to counter the crime of modern slavery is foolish. Slavery spans a journey – whether at source, in transit, or at destination, exploitation is extensive.
News | 16 September 2016
Modern slavery is an evil that persists despite twelve international conventions and over three hundred international treaties banning it.
News | 07 September 2016
Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, talks about the impact of the Modern Slavery Act (2015)
News | 19 August 2016
In light of this year’s World Humanitarian Day, it seems fitting to draw attention to what Prime Minister Theresa May refers to as ‘the great human rights issue of our time’: modern slavery.
News | 12 August 2016
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, writes in the Guardian on the urgent need for action in Nigeria, due to the crisis levels of Nigerian women and girls trafficked into Europe to be sexually exploited.
News | 03 August 2016
There are more slaves today than ever before. And on the first anniversary of my appointment as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, I am more determined than ever to combat this evil crime.
News | 01 August 2016
Slavemasters are acting with impunity because many police officers as well as the public do not take their crimes seriously enough, Britain’s anti-slavery tsar has said.
News | 27 July 2016
Earlier this month we welcomed a new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, as the former Home Secretary, Theresa May, is appointed as the UK’s Prime Minister.
News | 21 July 2016
Human traffickers strategically utilise their global networks to maximise profit. If we are to minimise the profitability of modern slavery crime globally and nationally then government and law enforcement must do the same.
News | 11 July 2016
As government suppliers gather to discuss slavery free supply chains, The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, writes in The Huffington Post on the pressing need for ongoing work in this area.
News | 04 July 2016
On 27th April 2016, Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, wrote to Frank Field MP regarding support and protection of European victims of modern slavery.
News | 29 June 2016
As part of Open Democracy’s Roundtable on supply chain transparency, Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, responds to questions regarding the model of global supply chains and their global governance.
News | 22 June 2016
Today I joined business leaders, law enforcement and government at a watershed conference in Armagh to discuss how to work across the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to tackle modern slavery and trafficking for labour exploitation.
News | 09 June 2016
Following the summit of judges and magistrates in the Vatican against human trafficking and organised crime, at which he was a speaker, Kevin Hyland reflects in the Tablet on the role of the judiciary in tackling the horrors of modern.
News | 03 June 2016
This week the Global Slavery Index 2016, published by the Walk Free Foundation, estimates that there are 45.8 million people enslaved across the world.
News | 02 June 2016
As global leaders converge in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit, Kevin Hyland, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner writing in The Independent says it is imperative that a resolution is discussed to tackle the issue of slavery and human trafficking.
News | 24 May 2016
As the Modern Slavery Garden opens at Chelsea Flower Show, Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner highlights the need for action in the Huffington Post.
News | 19 May 2016
On 19th May 2016, Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner wrote to Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions and at the Ministry of Justice.
News | 29 April 2016
On 29th April 2016, Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner wrote to Karen Bradley, Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime.
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