Symposium: Tomorrow’s Slavery, Today

21 October 2019
Research Innovation

Nesrien Hamid  | Progamme Officer - Delta 8.7

On 9 September 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur for Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Ms Urmila Bhoola, presented her report, Current and emerging forms of slavery, to the UN Human Rights Council. In the report, the Special Rapporteur outlines the present drivers of contemporary forms of slavery and how they are expected to change in the future. She also assesses the state of current anti-slavery efforts and provides an evidence-based framework for how they can improve and accelerate.

In this Symposium, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of her report and reiterates its most important takeaways. Delta 8.7 invited Ms Nat Paul from the National Survivor Network, Dr Laura Gauer Bermudez and Sindhu Sagar from the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) and Dr Katarina Schwarz from the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham to reflect on and respond to the Special Rapporteur’s report and introduction. The Special Rapporteur, in turn, responded to their contributions.

An Introduction to Tomorrow’s Slavery Today

Urmila Bhoola, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
21 October 2019

Addressing Modern Slavery’s Root Causes

Nat Paul and Jess Torres, National Survivor Network
22 October 2019

Contending with the Legal Status Quo: Why Evidence is Central to Anti-Slavery Action

Katarina Schwarz, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
23 October 2019

Building an Effective Movement to Reduce Modern Slavery: Evidence, Innovation and Coordination

Laura Gauer Bermudez and Sindhu Sagar, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
24 October 2019

Tomorrow’s Slavery, Today | A Response

Urmila Bhoola, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
25 October 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.

Previous symposia can be found below:


Symposium: Modelling Modern Slavery Risk

Symposium: Local Approaches to Modern Slavery


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