Freedom From Slavery Forum
The Anti-Modern Slavery Thought Leadership Gathering
The Freedom from Slavery Forum brings together thought leaders, survivors, innovators, advocates, researchers, civil society organizations, and policymakers to cast a vision, and develop actionable plans for achieving a world without modern slavery.
Each year Regional Forums convene in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa to focus on aspects of modern slavery specific to each region. The regional forum events provide opportunities to explore regional challenges, learn about promising solutions, and foster the development of collaborative partnerships around their region.
The annual Global Forum convenes stakeholders from around the world to shape strategies for strengthening the anti-slavery movement and increasing its impact. The Global Forum utilizes the learning and collaborative momentum created at the Regional Forums to strengthen the collective resolve of the anti-modern slavery movement, inspire greater commitment and engagement from stakeholders, and catalyze the public will necessary to end modern slavery.
The Caribbean Forum brings together stakeholders from around the region to discuss the most pressing issues of modern slavery and develop effective solutions.
Over three days, the Caribbean forum will focus on the inclusion of survivors and indigenous people, as well as accessibility for people with disabilities in programs and policies targeting the factors that allow modern slavery to flourish in the region.
Participants will also discuss how to increase the number of perpetrators who are prosecuted, best practices for protecting survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, and ensuring trauma-informed survivor engagement practices are used to create meaningful opportunities for survivors to contribute their expertise to the anti-modern slavery movement.
Freedom from Slavery
Trinidad and Tobago
February 6 – 8, 2023
Freedom from Slavery
May 7-10, 2023
The Freedom from Slavery Forum was established in 2013 to facilitate open dialogue, create partnerships, discuss promising practices, and develop a shared agenda among leaders of anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking organizations around the world.
The 2023 Global Forum comes at a time when modern slavery has increased around the world and the contributing factors are exacerbating the scale of the problem. According to global estimates, nearly 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021. Of these people, 22 million were in forced labor.
While these figures do not tell the whole story, they help us get a sense of the scale of the problem and call for us as a movement to respond with urgency.
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