Anti-Slavery Day – 18 October

Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. It was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.

The Human Trafficking Foundation hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards to recognise journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters who have exposed issues of modern slavery, and to celebrate organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.

Do you work with a passionate advocate against modern slavery? Do you know somebody who works tirelessly to improve the lives of their service users? Have you been inspired by a powerful piece of journalism over the last year?

Nominate somebody you feel has been instrumental in the effort to raise awareness and combat human trafficking and modern slavery in the last year for an Anti-Slavery Day Award. The winner from each category receives a £1000 grant from Marsh Charitable Trust.

Nominations for both the Media Categories and Outstanding Contributions to the Fight Against Slavery Categories are still open for 2023, but close on Friday 4th August, 5pm. Anyone professionally connected to modern slavery or anyone who benefits from the services a modern slavery organisation provides can send in a nomination.

Nomination forms can be found below, and should be completed and sent to by the end of Friday 4th August ahead of shortlisting and voting, along with any questions you have about the nomination form.

A shortlist for the awards will be announced on our website once nominations close.

Outstanding Contribution Categories

The Marsh Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Fight Against Slavery recognise the work of individuals and organisations going over and above what is expected. The categories are:

  • Reducing Vulnerabilities (Advocacy Award) 
  • Rebuilding Lives (Frontline Award)
  • Empowering Survivor Voices Award  
  • Statutory Services Award

We are particularly interested in nominations of individuals and organisations doing fantastic work but who are perhaps not getting the recognition they deserve, including public officials.

Download the nomination form for more information on the award categories.

Media Categories

The Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards recognise the work of those journalists and writers who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery and human trafficking and seek to improve understanding.

The media categories are as follows:

  • Best written opinion piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
  • Best news piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
  • Best investigative news article dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
  • Best broadcast piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking

The date of first broadcast or publication for nominations should be between July 2022 – July 2023. Please download the nomination form.