Anti-Slavery Partnership Newsletter September 2020

Hello & Welcome

This newsletter is designed to update you on the latest resources available via the anti-slavery partnership toolkit.  Every month we will highlight new documents, and also call for examples from our readers, which could help to fill an existing gap in knowledge. Sharing learning is essential to building evidence about effective action against modern slavery, and we are keen to develop the impact of both the toolkit, and anti-slavery partnership work more broadly.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

New Documents

Partnerships for freedom: Improving multi-agency collaboration on modern slavery This research report presents a highly valuable understanding of the essential, diverse, and multi-layered work of multi-agency partnerships in responding to modern slavery, with specific reference to the changing landscapes of partnerships across the UK. Recommendations are made for greater attention to leadership, engagement, accountability, and funding, which remain essential to building an effective multi-agency response to modern slavery. This report is of specific interest and relevance to all actors involved in anti-slavery partnership work, and the report is highly recommended. The report is published by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, and provides an update to the earlier publication of 'Collaborating for Freedom: Anti-slavery partnerships in the UK', which mapped partnership activity for the first time. The report can be accessed here.

Upcoming Events

Launch of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2019-20 17 September 2020, 16.00 - 17.00 (online)

At this event, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner will outline her work to achieve her objectives so far, and discuss her current priorities in the areas of: improving victim care and support; supporting law enforcement and prosecutions; focusing on prevention; and getting value from research and innovation.

For more information, and to register your interest in attending, go to the event page here.

Anti-Racism in the Modern Anti-Slavery Movement: A Survivor Alliance Webinar 17 September 2020, 18.00 (online)

This is a unique online event in which Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Co-Founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, will talk about the linkages between historical and contemporary forms of forced labour. The great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington will share his insights about the need for anti-racism in the modern anti-slavery


For more information, and to reserve your ticket, go to the event page here.

Investigating Modern Slavery at Ports - Powers, Remits and Child Protection 30 September - 2 October 2020, (online)

The Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Unit will host four webinars (with the same content) across two days. The sessions aim to: increase knowledge and understanding of each organisation's powers/roles/responsibilities when potential victims are encountered at the border; strengthen knowledge of Modern Slavery legislation; improve investigative ownership issues; and encourage relevant stakeholders to strengthen case ownership.

For more information, email