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What’s Happening at UNGA 74?
10 September 2019
The 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) will take place in New York from 17 September to 30 September 2019. In addition to the general debate, UNGA 74 features six other high level events. Several official and unofficial side events will take place simultaneously, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn and participate […]
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Global Call for Evidence on Children’s Institutions and Human Trafficking
Measurement and Statistical Methods 11 September 2019
The international children’s organisation Lumos has launched a global call for evidence on the links between children’s institutions and trafficking. Lumos, which was founded by the author J.K. Rowling to help ensure all children can grow up in the care of a family, is reaching out to individuals and organisations from around the world to […]
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Canada Launches New National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking
Law Enforcement 9 September 2019
Canada has launched the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking 2019-2024 with a federal financial commitment of  CAD 57.22 million over five years and then CAD 10.28 million per year. According to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, “the National Strategy will help protect individuals from all forms of human trafficking and introduce a more […]
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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Failure to End Labour Exploitation
Economics, Business Regulation and Supply Chains 3 September 2019
There is growing evidence that after 20 years of voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, companies are failing to meet their long-standing goals of ending labour exploitation and achieving decent work in global supply chains. Our new study of the global garment supply chain, funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and […]
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Labour Exploitation in the UK’s Hand Car Wash Sector
Economics, Business Regulation and Supply Chains 14 August 2019
Hand car washes (HCWs) are a relatively new phenomenon in the United Kingdom. Prior to 2004, their presence in the UK was virtually non-existent. However, evidence suggests that up to 20,000 HCW operations currently exist in the UK, making up 70 per cent of the share of the car wash market and inhibiting the growth […]
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2021 to Be International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
26 July 2019
The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted an Argentine-sponsored resolution to make 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. The General Assembly has invited all Member States, regional organizations and civil society to raise awareness of the issue of child labour and share best practices.
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New Report on Connection Between Migration and Modern Slavery
Migration and Displacement 26 July 2019
The Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative and the International Organization for Migration released a new report, Migrants and Their Vulnerability to Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Forced Labour, that looks at which migrants are most vulnerable when and where. Prepared for the Alliance 8.7 Migration Action Group, the report offers recommendations for actions governments can take to […]
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Measurement, Action, Freedom: Assessing Government Action to Achieve Target 8.7
Measurement and Statistical Methods 17 July 2019
The Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative's "Measurement, Action, Freedom" provides an independent assessment of 183 governments and their responses to modern slavery. Without clear indicators to measure progress towards the 2030 goal, governments are not able to report consistently, nor can they be held to account.
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UK Launches New Modern Slavery Research Centre
11 July 2019
The UK government announced it is creating a new Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights that will bring together academics, businesses and civil society to strengthen collaboration and conduct new research. The centre will be funded with 10 million GBP from the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund.
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UK Withdraws 45-Day Support Limit for Slavery Victims
Survivor and Victim Support 2 July 2019
Following a court case brought on by two survivors arguing that the policy imposing a 45-day limit on support to individuals identified as survivors of modern slavery through the National Referral Mechanism left them vulnerable to re-exploitation, the UK Home Office has withdrawn the policy. The Home Office says it will introduce a system that […]
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