Symposium: Local Approaches to Modern Slavery

26 March 2019
Research Innovation

Maria Savel  | Editor - Delta 8.7

The Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham has been exploring what makes local anti-slavery approaches effective through the Slavery-Free Communities Programme. Dr Alison Gardner, head of the Rights Lab’s Governance Programme, has been leading much of this work, which includes mapping anti-slavery partnerships in the United Kingdom together with the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and developing an Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit to help existing partnerships as well as people planning multi-agency anti-slavery activities.

Delta 8.7 asked Gardner to discuss her and the Slavery-Free Communities Programme’s work, highlighting promising practices in the context of Nottingham and the UK. We also invited Nathaniel Erb of Erb & Associates, Megan Tackney of Humanity United, and Amanda Finger and Annie Miller of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking to respond to Gardner’s work and discuss their own experiences fighting modern slavery and human trafficking on the local level in the United States. Gardner was given the opportunity to respond to the other interventions.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found below, or download a PDF of the complete symposium from UNU Collections here:

An Introduction to Local Approaches to Tackling Modern Slavery

Alison Gardner, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
27 March 2019

Importance of a Citywide Approach to Prevent Human Trafficking

Megan Tackney, Humanity United
28 March 2019

Taking Ownership of Local Approaches

Nate Erb, Erb & Associates
29 March 2019

From the Grassroots Up: Comprehensive Efforts to End Human Trafficking

Annie Miller, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT)
Amanda Finger, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT)
30 March 2019

Local Approaches to Modern Slavery | A Response

Alison Gardner, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
31 March 2019

Delta 8.7 symposia offer experts the opportunity to discuss technical details of their research and receive commentary from the wider research and anti-slavery community. Researchers are then able to give a response to the previous commentaries received. We hope these symposia will spark further conversations and build the dialogue around research and data in the fight to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. Read the previous Delta 8.7 symposium on modelling modern slavery risk.

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