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.

Upcoming Forums

Freedom from Slavery

Global Forum



Dominican Republic

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

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