COLLABORATION FOR FREEDOM: THE ROAD TO 2030

2024 European Regional Freedom from Slavery Forum

Join us at the first Freedom from Slavery European Regional Forum, an essential platform where key stakeholders gather to coordinate responses to modern slavery. Recent years have seen increasing progress at policy and program levels, with several countries stepping forward to become Pathfinder Countries under the Alliance 8.7 initiative and the EU enacting crucial legislation like the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) and the Forced Labor Regulation. Additionally, many non-EU countries are making strides in addressing forced labor, human trafficking, child labor, and modern slavery in general in their own countries.

However, the challenge remains in mobilizing and engaging diverse actors—including survivors, government bodies, civil society organizations, businesses, labor unions, and academia—to realize the full potential of these policies and create a sustainable impact. The Europe Forum will specifically delve into two major themes: 

 

  • What approaches are countries taking to achieve SDG 8.7, including the actions of pathfinder countries?
  • What are we observing from the introduction of regulatory measures globally, such as the EU’s CSDDD and forced labor trade import bans?

Why Attend?

This pivotal event is crucial for stakeholders across various sectors, including government agencies, civil societies, businesses, and academia. As modern slavery intensifies in complexity, the forum aims to harness the collective expertise and political will demonstrated through recent legislative advances. Attendees will engage in deep discussions on the effective implementation of SDG 8.7 and the impact of new legislation on forced labor, setting the stage for future actions and policies.

The Europe Regional Forum offers an unparalleled opportunity for coordination, collaboration and networking with over 100 experts from Europe and beyond, including pathfinder and non-pathfinder countries. Structured with keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive roundtables, the forum facilitates a comprehensive exchange of ideas and best practices. Participants will leave equipped with enhanced understanding and new partnerships, ready to influence and enact change. Join us at Le Louise Hotel, Brussels, to contribute to a global movement towards a future free from slavery.

THEME: COLLABORATION FOR FREEDOM: THE ROAD TO 2030

June 10-12, 2024
Brussels, Belgium

Le Louise Hotel (Hotel Sofitel)

No 40, Avenue de la Toison d’Or

The general registration fee for the 2024 European Regional Freedom from Slavery Forum is €250.

 

Survivors are exempted from registration fees.

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2024 European Forum Planning Committee

Lois Bosatta

Lois Bosatta

Rights Lab Head of Business Development and Partnerships

Rights Lab, University of Nottingham

Lois Bosatta's Bio

Lois Bosatta leads the Rights Lab’s business engagement and research impact. She works with all four of our research programmes on the design and delivery of research in collaboration with businesses and other business-engaged organisations. Her role includes the impact of research for the business community, and the application of Rights Lab research in business interventions; and co-developing research projects with external partners including Sainsbury’s, Government of Canada, and Moody’s Analytics. Lois is also a Trustee for the Adavu Project, a survivor support organisation based in the West Midlands. Before joining the Rights Lab, she completed the University of Nottingham MA in Slavery and Liberation.

Martin Niblett

Martin Niblett

Head of the Modern Slavery Team

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Martin Neblitts's Bio

Martin is currently Head of the Modern Slavery and Business and Human Rights Team in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) which delivers FCDO’s policy and programme commitments to reduce modern slavery and business-related human rights abuses. He was previously Deputy Head of the Protecting Children Hub and Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for FCDO’s strategic relationship with UNICEF and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Prior to joining FCDO, Martin worked in international sports development working on major sporting events including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Earlier in his career he was Private Secretary to the Minister for Sport and Tourism.

Itohan Okundaye

Itohan Okundaye

CEO and Founder

Shinning Hope Foundation Against Human Trafficking

Itohan Okundaye's Bio

Itohan Okundaye is a human trafficking activist, advocate, public speaker, and consultant in Finland. She is a two-time member of the International Survivor’s advisory council and the CEO and founder of Shinning Hope Foundation Against Human Trafficking in Nigeria. 

Malaika Oringo

Malaika Oringo

Founder and CEO

Footprint to Freedom

Malaika Oringo's Bio

My name is Malaika Oringo, and I am an expert in Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy and Survivor-Led Initiatives. I have been working in the anti-human trafficking field for more than 10 years.

I am the founder of Footprint to Freedom, a survivor-led organization committed to emancipating victims and empowering survivors. I have also founded and co-founded various other initiatives aimed at amplifying survivor voices and fostering inclusion, such as Beyond Survivor and The African Survivor Coalition, which is currently scaling to 54 countries across Africa.

In addition to my organizational work, I have worked with and consulted for different large organizations such as the UN, UNODC, The Salvation Army, OSCE, and Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST), providing strategic guidance in the fight against human trafficking on a global scale.

Bukeni Waruzi

Bukeni Waruzi

Executive director

Free the Slaves

Bukeni Waruzi's Bio
Bukeni Waruzi has helped put a Congolese warlord behind bars at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has helped women trafficked into domestic servitude in the Middle East, and has served as a human rights champion with American, European and African organizations for more than 20 years.

As Executive Director of Free the Slaves, he works closely with the board, the global team and headquarters to provide strategic leadership and set a vision for one of the world’s most widely-known and respected anti-modern slavery organizations.

Waruzi has documented human rights abuses, designed and implemented advocacy campaigns, made public presentations around the world, and trained hundreds of human rights advocates and activists in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.

Natasha Jung

Natasha Jung

| Policy & Programme Officer | Modern Slavery and Business and Human Rights |

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Natasha Jung's Bio

Natasha is a Policy & Programme Officer at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and leads on work to help deliver the UK’s commitment to eradicating modern slavery and tackling business-related human right abuses.

Natasha has held other policy advisory roles, including at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC), carrying experience of working directly with key stakeholders and Ministers to help implement programmes and policy priorities. Prior to working in His Majesty’s Government, Natasha was in the Strategy & Research team at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s economic development body. She was involved in work to help influence business, investment, and consumer incentives to choose London. Natasha also holds research experience from her time working with Bite The Ballot and ClearView Research, supporting campaign driven research projects on youth electoral participation.

Vlad Bauer

Vlad Bauer

Financial Director

eLiberare

Vlad Bauer's Bio (Coming Soon)
Olessya Glasson

Olessya Glasson

Olessya Glasson's Bio (Coming Soon)