Freedom From Slavery Forum

The Anti-Modern Slavery Thought Leadership Gathering

The Freedom from Slavery Forum is the hub of the anti-modern slavery movement, galvanizing innovation, collective learning, and collaborative action through strategic partnerships.

The Forum is a neutral, democratic space. As such, the Forum’s leadership, agenda, and priorities emerge from the collective voice of anti-modern slavery actors around the world. Each regional and global Forum curates a neutral space void of agendas and competition that convenes stakeholders from all regions, disciplines, and sectors to collectively strengthen the anti-modern slavery movement.

The Forum is the only anti-modern slavery space that is inclusive of the full diversity of stakeholders such as government leaders and agencies, survivors, businesses and corporations, unions, CSOs, United Nations agencies, regional and local coalitions, researchers, and funders. Survivors and survivor-led organizations are significant contributors to the leadership of the Forums. At the 2023 Global Forum, survivors participated in leading 67% of the events on the Forum agenda. Regional and Global Forums provide participants with opportunities to learn new approaches, strategies, and methods for eradicating modern slavery and to develop significant relationships with other actors in the anti-modern slavery movement.

Notable Organic Outcomes of the 2022-2023 Freedom from Slavery Forum Series

  • The emergence of a survivor-founded and led survivor network from the 2022 Freedom from Slavery Africa Regional Forum.
    • This Survivor network initiated and co-founded a Survivor Academy to equip survivor leaders and accelerate their growth as professional leaders in the movement.
  • The development of a new coalition of CSOs representing Latin America as a result of the 2022 Latin America Regional Forum
  • As a result of the overwhelming enthusiasm and engagement generated by the Caribbean Regional Forum, the Jamaican government offered to host the 2024   Caribbean   Regional   Forum, initiating a  new level of collaboration between the Forum and governments.
  • After attending the 2023 Global Forum in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Ohio State University’s College of Social Work was inspired to update their curriculum based on their experiences and learnings at the Forum.
  • At  the  Global  Forum,  survivors participated in leading 67% of the events on the forum agenda.

Announcing the 2024 Freedom from Slavery Regional Forum Calendar

 

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North America

Regional Forum

 

Miami, Florida

March 11 – 13, 2024

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Latin America

Regional  Forum

 

Online

April 16-17, 2024

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Caribbean 

Regional Forum

 

Jamaica

May, 2024

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Europe

Regional  Forum

 

Brussels, Belgium

June, 2024

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Africa

Regional Forum

 

Online

July, 2024

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Asia

Regional  Forum

 

Online

August, 2024

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Middle East and

North Africa

Regional Forum

 

Lebanon (Pending Confirmation)

October, 2024

The Freedom from Slavery Forums are a communal space wherein open and honest dialogue helps to backstop individual efforts through collective thinking and problem-solving.

Bukeni Waruzi, Executive Director – Free the Slaves

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