Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Eleanor Lyons begins in role


Today, Eleanor Lyons starts her tenure as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC). The role of the IASC was created by Part 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Commissioner's role is to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences, as well as in the identification of victims.


Eleanor Lyons said:

"It is a privilege to begin today in role as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. My time as Deputy Children’s Commissioner has shown me just how important it is to have an independent voice representing the needs of those who can so often be overlooked. The role of the IASC is particularly critical in representing the needs of the most vulnerable and deserving in society.

"That is why, as IASC, I will put the voices and needs of the victims and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking at the heart of everything my office does. I will also be encouraging good practice on supply chain transparency in the public and private sectors, in line with my statutory duties. By doing this, I believe that we can identify and support more victims, understand more about to how to prevent individuals from being exploited, and go further to hold the criminals who commit these horrific crimes to account.

"I have seen first-hand the amazing work which charities, organisations, first responders, law enforcement, and policymakers are doing every day to support modern slavery victims and advocate for their needs. This is invaluable work that does so much for victims. Now, as I come into role, I will also be reaching out across organisations and partners to listen to their experiences and collaborate with them to fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. I will do this as we rebuild the IASC office and shape a Strategic Plan which reflects what we can do to support all victims and survivors."