Anti-Slavery Day 2014 – What’s On

Dear Friends, 

If you are planning an event for this October, please, do get it touch with us, so we could help you promote it, and you could help us boost the effect of the Anti-Slavery Day this year!

3 – 20 October

Croydon Community Against Trafficking -“Freedom – Drawing a Moral Line” Art Exhibition, 3 – 20 October, Matthews Yard, Café Croydon. The exhibition by local artists and emerging artists will, through various mediums, fill your heart and soul; bringing forth the deep emotions which create our sense of freedom. The works range from water colours, to acrylics, from video works to painting on silk. The catalogue will provide information and perspective on the de-humanising impact of modern slavery in Croydon and what is being done about it. CCAT charity is organising this event in partnership with Croydon Schools, Colleges and a variety of community groups.

8 October

 UNCHOSEN and ECAT - Make Kensington and Chelsea a Traffick-Free Zone, 8 October, 6.30 – 8.45 pm, Kensington Town Hall, London. Raising Awareness through Film: A night of Film and Q&A with a local panel of experts. Organised in partnership with ECAT and Stop the Traffik.

Contact: Meghan Field at

9 October

 UNCHOSEN‘Films Against Slavery: A Short Film Showcase’, 9 October, Royal College of Music, London. By invitation only. An evening to view the winning films from Unchosen’s Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition 2014.  Now in its second year, Unchosen’s 2014 short film competition focuses on the much hidden but highly prevalent form of slavery that is forced labour.  Based on real case studies, these films will highlight how supply chains in the UK and globally conceal the dark reality of modern slavery in the production of goods and services which are consumed much closer to home than we might like to think.


11 October

Stop The Traffik, UNCHOSEN and Human Trafficking Foundation – ‘Together Against Trafficking’ Film Festival, 11 October,  Slovakian Embassy in London, The event aims to raise awareness of human trafficking among the Slovakian/Czech community both in Slovakia and the UK. We invite key Slovak Community Leaders, local NGOs and frontline professionals working with the Slovak communities, Slovak students and human rights activists, Members of Parliament, EU Embassies, and other interested parties.The event will include film screening of short film on various types of modern day slavery produced for Unchosen Film Competition 2013. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. A similar event will be held in a cinema in Bratislava on Saturday, 18th October.

To register :


13 October

Soroptimist International of Poole,  Finale of the 12 Miles Water-skiing Fundraising campaign,13 October, Hotel du Vin, Poole.81 year old Juanita Byrne-Quinn, waterski-ing 12 miles over 8 weeks to raise money to support victims of human trafficking during September – October at Ellingham Lake Disabled Water Ski Centre. Fundraising target is £1,000 to support victims of human trafficking through BCHA Miles for Hope Campaign

If you wish to donate, click here

UNCHOSEN and PROTECT – Make Guernsey a Traffick-Free Zone, 13 October, 6.30 – 8.45 pm, Location to be announced. Raising Awareness through Film: A night of Film and Q&A with a local panel of experts. Organised by PROTECT Local Awareness of Human Trafficking 

Contact: Retha Jenkins

13-18 October

Sport for Freedom – Cycle for Freedom,  13-18 October – 5 cities, 5 days, 5 events. A core team of 16 will cycle from Liverpool to London, riding the Olympic cycling route for the grand finale on Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October. Cycle for Freedom will raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking in the UK.

13 October - Launching event in Liverpool (time and venue to be confirmed)

14 October - Cycling from Liverpool to Birmingham

15 October - Educational Event in a high school in Birmingham (time and venue to be confirmed) in partnership with Stop the Traffik. Cycling from Birmingham to Bristol.

16 October - Raising awareness event in Bristol in partnership with Unseen and Mayor of Bristol. Core team including Sky Sports News presenter will ride from Bristol to Oxford.

17 October - Student Mass Mob at Oxford Broad Street followed by a Q&A session. Organised in partnership with Oxcat, Just Love, Viva, Katherine Bearder MMP. Core team sets off to London.

18 October - Grand Finale with 300-500 cyclists to Westminster Olympic Route. Core team to come out of Parliament with Frank Field MP and Fiona MacTaggart MP.

Sport for Freedom invite you to join us to ride the Olympic cycling route for the grand finale on Anti Slavery Day, 18th October.

Contact: Jane Overnell at

15 October

ECAT and London Metropolitan Police“Developing the Police Response to Tackling Human Trafficking” Conference, 15 October, 9.30am – 1.30pm, Empress State Building, Lillie Road, Fulham, London SW6 1TR. The conference is hosted by the Metropolitan Police SC07 (1) Trafficking & Kidnap Unit. Speakers include: Dr Ruth Van Dyke, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Sciences at London South Bank University, Phil Rashidi and Karen Antiss, MET police, Kalayaan, Rahaab and others.


Human Trafficking Foundation – Anti-Slavery Media Awards Reception at the Speaker’s House, 15 October, 6 – 8pm. By invitation only. - To mark Anti-Slavery Day and to acknowledge the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature of human trafficking, the HUman Trafficking Foundation is holding its fourth annual Media Awards Reception in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Day Slavery/Human Trafficking, Marsh Christian Trust, AwardCo Group.

Contact: Tatiana Jardan at or 01923810100

Ten Ten Theatre and The Medaille Trust – “This Is My Body” theatre play, 15 October, The St James Theatre, Piccadilly, London. A major new play by award-winning theatre company Ten Ten. Set in a safe house during the 45-day period of “reflection and recovery”, This Is My Body tells the story of young woman coming to terms with the experienced of being trafficked.Ticket only. Email

Contact: Ten Ten Theatre – Clare O’Brien or the Medaille Trust – Charlotte Kirkwood

16 October

Arcadia Reign Ltd – ASENA Stage drama against sex trafficking, 16 October, 7.30 pm at Memorial Community Church, Plaistow, E13 8AL. ASENA – Arcadia Reign’s Anti-Slavery Day award nominated powerful one woman drama against sex trafficking in the UK. Performance followed by Q&A panel discussion. To book your ticket, click here

Arcadia Reign Ltd – Art exhibition against modern day slavery, 16 October, 6 pm, Tower Gallery, Memorial Community Church, Plaistow, E13 8AL. Art exhibition on the theme of modern day slavery supported by local community & notable artists in partnership with Rosetta Arts Centre. Thereafter the exhibition open from 2-5 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 18 October till 6 November.

Contact: Genevieve and Steven at 

Croydon Community Against Trafficking – Anti-Slavery Day Gig, 16 October, Matthews Yard, Café Croydon. Local Croydon musical talent performing. Different styles of music to be enjoyed by local people who will be asked to donate £5 for a full evening of entertainment.  CCAT Charity thanks its many volunteers and various community groups for their help in organising this event.

Contact: Peter Cox or Astrid Ingram at

Finance Against Trafficking Conference, 16 October, St Sepulchre without Newgate church, Holborn, London. Conference will discuss areas of business that are at high risk of exposure to human trafficking, enable you to find tools to mitigate this risk and provide an opportunity to understand what your colleagues and peers are doing to prevent their business from unknowingly supporting human trafficking. Organised in partnership with Crimestoppers.


International Organisation for Migration in UK – Fashioned For Freedom 2014, 16 October, 7.30 pm St Mary’s Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London. By invitation only. Awareness raising fashion show and contemporary dance performance to increase awareness of modern day slavery within the labour sector. The event is being organised in partnership with Migrant Help, Stronger Together, The Met Police, The Red Light Campaign. Twitter tag #fashionedforfreedom

Contact: Chris Gaul

17 October

Act for Justice“Hope for Herts” Charity Gala 17 October, 7pm till late, Broadway Hotel, Letchworth. An evening of fun and entertainment, including live band, auction, dinner, dance and much more. Organised by Act for For Justice Group, Letchworth Garden City Church. All proceed go towards Hope for Justice’s work in standing up against modern day slavery. Limited number of tickets available – and going fast!

Contact: or 01462 480126

Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group – Wales Anti-Slavery Conference 9.30am-4.30pm  17 October at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, LL30 1BB. By invitation only. All-Wales Conference will be dedicated to on-going work against human trafficking in Wales, exchange of best practice and up-date on recent trends. Workshops and guest speakers to be announced.

Contact: Jim Coy, North Wales Anti-Human Trafficking Project 07881 0087010 or

18 October

A21 Campaign – 27for27 WALK FOR FREEDOM, 18 October, 10am meeting time at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, and then on to a designated borough.The 27FOR27-WALK FOR FREEDOM will aim to see the people of London made AWARE of the reality of human trafficking today.  In each borough of London, volunteers will hand out flyers while their mouths are taped shut, symbolizing the millions of slaves worldwide deprived of a voice, rights and freedom.

Contact if you want to join:

City HeartsKey to Freedom, 18 October, 10am – 4 pm, Museum of Liverpool. The public will be asked to design there own KEY TO FREEDOM. Design and draw on a key template what freedom means to you and hang it around the atrium spiral stairs. So that by the end of the day we have hundreds of freedom keys hanging around the museum. This event is organised in partnership with the Mayor of Liverpool and the North West Stop the Traffick ACT group.

Contact: Phil Clayton at

Junction Church – Music event and fundraising auction, 18 October, 7:30pm – 10pm, Boughton Monchelsea Village Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4HN.   A showcase of musical talent from the local area with a focus on anti-slavery and freedom, along with an auction of donations from local businesses and individuals to raise money for anti-slavery charities.

Contact: Lydia Edwards & Elaine Kemp
New Manchester Walks – “Manchester & Slavery” Guided Walk 11am, 18 October. Meet Victoria Station Wallmap, Manchester. Walking tour to outline Manchester’s crucial role in the abolition of slavery. We hear how Manchester families such as the Heywoods and Gregs who benefited from slavery became its biggest opponents, the key turning point being the meeting at the Manchester Collegiate Church in 1787 led by the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson. We explain how the “Slavery Triangle” kept the system going, relate the stories of the escaped slaves that visited Manchester, and discuss how leading 19th century local Liberals kept the anti-slavery campaign flourishing, finishing the tour at the Abraham Lincoln statue.

Contact: Ed Glinert at or 07769 29 8068

Soroptimist International Nottinghama Vigil and Freedom Wall event, 18 October,  from 9.30 to 12.00,  outside Arnold Methodist Church in the Market Place in Arnold Nottinghamshire with the support Vernon Coker MP and the Mayor of Gedling. The event aims to raise public awareness about modern day slavery and the Anti-Slavery Day.

Contact: Wendy Nicolle

Sport for Freedom - Cycle for Freedom, 18 October, Grand Finale with 300-500 cyclists to Westminster Olympic Route. Core team to come out of Parliament with Frank Field MP and Fiona MacTaggart MP. Cycle for Freedom - 5 cities, 5 days, 5 events. A core team of 16 will cycle from Liverpool to London, riding the Olympic cycling route for the grand finale on Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October. Cycle for Freedom will raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking in the UK.Sport for Freedom invite you to join us to ride the Olympic cycling route for the grand finale on Anti Slavery Day, 18th October.

Contact: Jane Overnell at

19 October

Stop The Traffik and Churches Together in England – Freedom Sunday, 19 October is a Global day of worship, prayer and action on Human Trafficking (*Saturday 18 October for Seventh Day Adventist church). Churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited around the world. Freedom Sunday was started in the USA by Not for Sale, later in Australia Not for Sale partnered with Stop the Traffik. In UK it is brought together by Stop the Traffik, Churches Together in England, the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, Anglican Church and others.

Twitter tag #freedomsunday. For more information click here.

20 October

ECAT and The New Shoes Theatre – “Hurried Steps” theatre performance, 20 October, 12.30 pm and 7.30 pm, Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Horton St, London, W8 7NX. Based on real stories, including a case of child trafficking, the play will be followed by a post-show discussion with a panel of experts who work both locally, supporting women who have been trafficked, and internationally to prevent sex trafficking. The production suitable for ages 15+. Tickets: £10 for Adults and £7 for Concessions from Discounts available for community and school groups.


21 October

 UNCHOSEN - Stop Human Trafficking Around Bath and North East Somerset, 21 October, 6.30 – 9 pm, St Michael’s Without Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ. Raising Awareness through Film: A night of Film and Q&A with a local panel of experts. Please register at Eventbrite at

Contact: Ozzie ffield 01225 314 345, Clifton RC Diocese and Clive Bennett 01225 335 287, The Enrich Youth Project