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8th Annual Freedom from Slavery Forum

Opportunities in an Age of Adaptation


Monday, October 26: The Use of Research to Fight Modern Slavery

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?

  • Moderator: Davina Durgana | Minderoo Foundation/Walk Free
  • Keynote Address: Kevin Bales | University of Nottingham Rights Lab
  • Panelists:
    • David Okech | Univ. of Georgia African Programming & Research Initiative to End Slavery
    • Michaëlle De Cock | International Labor Organization
    • Alice Eckstein | United Nations University Center for Policy Research, Delta 8.7
    • Mara Vanderslice Kelly | United Way Worldwide

Tuesday, October 27: Strengthening Advocacy from Grassroots to Global

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.

  • Moderator: Luis C.deBaca | Yale University
  • Keynote Addresses:
    • Hillary Rodham Clinton | Former U.S. Secretary of State (pre-recorded)
    • Anousheh Karvar | Alliance 8.7
  • Panelists:
    • David Blight: Yale University
    • Cheryl Pereira | OneChild Canada
    • Deepika Mittal | Global March Against Child Labor
    • Joha Braimah | Free the Slaves

Wednesday, October 28: Empowering & Learning from Survivors

How can we achieve stronger survivor engagement and leadership in the anti-slavery movement in advocacy, research, policymaking, awareness-raising and project implementation?

  • Moderator: Tina Frundt | Courtney’s House
  • Keynote Address: Deborah Pembrook | Monterey County California Rape Crisis Center
  • Panelists:
    • Sophie Otiende | Protection Practitioner
    • Ima Matul | National Survivor Network at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
    • Sarah Bessell: Human Trafficking Legal Center

Thursday, October 29: Fundraising & Resource Mobilization

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?

  • Moderator: Cheryl Pereira | OneChild Canada
  • Keynote Addresses:
    • Geannina Dinarte Romero | Costa Rica Minister of Labor & Social Security (pre-recorded)
    • John Cotton Richmond | U.S. State Dept. Office to Monitor/Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • Panelists:
    • Nick Grono | Freedom Fund
    • Dominique Chauvet-Staco | Pathy Family Foundation
    • Vijay Simhan | Humanity United
    • Kevin Wilcutts | U.S. Labor Department International Labor Affairs Bureau


The 2020 Forum is free to attend and is open to everyone in the anti-slavery movement.



The Freedom from Slavery Forum is made possible by generous funding from trhe Elkes Foundation.