The 2021 Freedom From Slavery Forums are funded by generous grants from The Elkes Foundation and The Freedom Fund.
The 8th annual Freedom from Slavery Forum happened in a unique and exceptional environment. Countries have taken measures to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic, but modern-day slavery including sexual slavery, forced labor and human trafficking has grown worse as proven by several research findings and every-day facts. Civil society organizations are at the front of the fight, but are experiencing increased demand for services while facing a decrease in funding, driving an urgent need for innovation in advocacy and other programmatic design and delivery.
It is in this climate of adaptation that the 8th annual Forum adapted to the realities imposed by the global pandemic. This year’s virtual forum was an opportunity to increase participation, interaction, networking, learning and sharing.
How can we define and measure the drivers of modern slavery and the impact of interventions in ways that shape policy decisions, generate funding and inform the design of front-line interventions?
How have the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act and U.N. Palermo Protocol, now 20 years old, shaped the anti-slavery movement? How can we galvanize coordinated global action to more effectively serve enslaved individuals and vulnerable populations? Presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.
How can we achieve stronger survivor engagement and leadership in the anti-slavery movement in advocacy, research, policymaking, awareness-raising and project implementation?
What is the movement’s financial future in the face of challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and what must funders do to keep the movement resourced?
“There is a wealth of information to be had on the sector, and groups are doing outstanding work to end slavery and trafficking worldwide. It takes events like this forum for the sector to grow and strengthen.”
“It is wonderful to see the increasing collaborations, maturity and sophistication of the movement. This forum shows all that.”
“Really great prep work going into it and very solid proceedings at the event. Good meetings don’t happen magically — this was very well guided.”
“The opportunity to meet colleagues working in trafficking and the anti-slavery movement was the most valuable aspect of the forum for me.”
“There’s something to be said for connecting with colleagues and hearing about their work in person versus over email or over the phone.”
“Thank you for making us all part of an amazing family! That’s what it feels like to me!”