2016 Events

Anti-Slavery Day has grown so much that there are now events taking place throughout the month of October. 

If you are organising an event in October and would like us to promote it here and via social media, please send details to euan@humantraffickingfoundation.org. 

anti-slavery-day_imageSnowdrop Project

Jump for Freedom, Saturday 8th October, Langar Airfield, Nottinghamshire – As part of events surrounding Anti-Slavery Day the Snowdrop Project are running a sponsored skydive called ‘Jump for Freedom’. The skydive is a tandem jump from Langar airfield in Nottinghamshire on Saturday 8th October. We ask that people raise a minimum of £500 which then enables them to jump for free.

For full details e-mail fundraising@snowdropproject.co.uk or call 07881 997983

New Manchester Walks

Manchester and Slavery Walk, Sunday 9th October, 2pm, meeting at Victoria Station wallmap, no booking required, £8 per person.

More information can be found here

International Organization for Migration and British Red Cross

Trafficking and Exploitation on the Mediterranean Migrant Routes, 11th October, 6-8pm, British Red Cross (44 Moorfields, London) – Alarming reports of human trafficking and exploitation along the Eastern and Central Mediterranean migrant routes are the object of further analysis and study by the British Red Cross (BRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to be presented in a joint seminar.

IOM and BRC will provide the wider counter-trafficking and modern slavery community with up to date and relevant information on trafficking concerns in Europe, as found in IOM’s Flow Monitoring Surveys capturing trafficking indicators along migration routes to and through Europe, and BRC’s recent study looking at the risks and dangers to people of the migration route from East and West Africa to Italy.

International guest speaker, Simona Moscarelli from IOM Italy, will provide a first-hand account of efforts to identify and assist victims of trafficking in southern Europe, particularly along Italy’s maritime border. BRC will also present ongoing research with victims of trafficking in the UK and Europe through the TRACKS project.

To confirm attendance, please RSVP via eventbrite


Walk For Freedom, Saturday 15th October, 10am, Old Palace Yard, Westminster –We invite you to join us in London for our 3rd annual Walk For Freedom! On October 15th 2016 we will fight together as part of a global community to illuminate the darkness of human trafficking, and raise funds to rescue and restore more lives than ever before!

In over 250 locations around the world, thousands of people will hand out flyers whilst walking in a single-file line with their mouths taped shut, symbolising the millions of slaves worldwide deprived of a voice, basic human rights, and freedom. The leaflets given out highlight the issue of human trafficking today and the work of A21.

You can register for our London walk here

Walk For Freedom, Saturday 15th October, 10.30am, Mutley Baptist Church, Plymouth – Join us as we walk for the 27 million enslaved across the globe. Unity fuels the fight for freedom across the world. This is your chance to be a part of that fight! Join us as we take a public stand against Human Trafficking.

Register at A21.org/plymouth

Humber Modern Slavery Partnership 

Monday 17th October, 2pm at Wilberforce House 23-25 High St, Hull HU1 1NQ – To mark Anti-Slavery Day this year, Wilberforce House Museum, the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation are collaborating to bring you an afternoon of free events:

– A guided tour of Wilberforce House
– Talks from PhD students studying slavery
– Discussions on modern slavery
– An insight into the work being done on modern slavery in Humberside

For more information please contact Alicia Kidd at a.kidd@2015.hull.ac.uk

Migrant Help UK

Back to Life Exhibition, 17th-21st October, various locations – Migrant Help UK tours an exhibition on modern slavery and human trafficking at five major UK railway stations from 17-21 October, 2016. It raises awareness about the estimated 13,000 victims in the UK, and that the charity helps on average 100 rescued victims every week to recover from their traumatic experiences. It features harrowing, real-life stories of victims who have been supported by Migrant Help UK and others. The exhibition is officially launched at London’s Victoria Station on Monday, 17 October. It then visits Bristol Temple Meads (18th), Birmingham New Street (19th), Liverpool Lime Street (20th) and Edinburgh Waverley (21st) on consecutive days. The charity’s website provides schools’ lesson plans that can be downloaded and features more information on how to help charities and other organisations that support victims.

For more information visit migranthelpuk.org

Just Enough UK

Just Enough Fest, 18th October, Electrowerkz (Islington, London)  – Just Enough UK are hosting a gig to celebrate that they have educated over 25,000 children across the UK about human trafficking and modern slavery.

Free entry, find out more here


UK Modern slavery helpline launch, BT Tower, 18th October – The UK’s enhanced modern slavery helpline and resource centre, run by award winning charity Unseen and supported by our founding partners BT, will be launched on 18 October.  The launch will be part of a wider event being held at the iconic BT Tower in London which looks at the role of technology in tackling modern slavery.  The event also highlights the importance of developing and maintaining strong partnerships across all agencies and organisations.  The 24/7 helpline will be fully operational from 18 October, taking calls from potential victims, statutory agencies, the public and businesses.

Places are strictly limited, however if you would like to attend, please contact modernslaveryhelpline@unseenuk.org

 Human Trafficking Foundation, Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, Garden Court Chambers and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Anti-Slavery Day Conference 2016: Examining the UK’s response to modern slavery, 18th October, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – This full-day conference will examine the UK’s response to modern slavery. We have brought together leading policy-makers, lawyers, campaigners and academics to assess the effectiveness of current legal remedies, and examine how sustainable support for victims of trafficking can best be achieved.

Attendance by invitation only, find out more here

 Shiva Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation

Roundtable discussion of the role hotels can play in tackling modern slavery, 2nd November, 9.30-11am – In partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation, and ahead of their flagship conference, Trust Women, in November, Shiva Foundation is bringing key hoteliers together to work to create an industry-wide model to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. For this roundtable, we are focusing on hotel owners or other executive level decision-makers, or in the alternative, heads of CSR / sustainability / anti-trafficking initiatives.

There are an estimated 11,700 individuals living in modern slavery within the UK, with the NCA stating that a significant proportion of trafficking happens within the hotel industry.

As a growing London-based group, Shiva Hotels founded Shiva Foundation in 2012 with the mission to help protect every individual’s right to liberty, including their right to be free from slavery and forced labour. As part of this work, the Foundation works closely with Shiva Hotels to look at how it can tackle and prevent trafficking across their hotels and supply chains. Shiva Hotels will share more on their experience and learnings from this work at the event.

The closed roundtable will be facilitated by an independent moderator with the intention of building an action-based model and making a commitment that works for hotels across the industry. The plan is to present the outcome of this roundtable at the Trust Women conference on 30 November – 1 December in London, an excellent opportunity to announce a shared commitment to tackling Modern Slavery across leading hotels.

To ensure lively discussion at the roundtable with an actionable outcome, those attending are asked to bring questions, and key observations they wish to explore.

If you would like you to join us on 2 November from 9.30-11.00 to be a part of this compelling and meaningful work, please contact Sian Lea, Senior Programme Manager at sian@shivafoundation.org.uk.