This year’s Global Freedom from Slavery Forum took place from March 27-30, 2022 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The Freedom from Slavery Forum, now in its 9th year, has recently gone through an evaluative process to solidify its utility to the anti-slavery movement and embed its commitment to inclusivity and diversity throughout all facets of the Forum. The Freedom from Slavery Forum was designed to provide a place for leaders of the global anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery movement to come together, share and discuss best practices and lessons learned, identify gaps in the field, brainstorm new ideas, build relationships, and strengthen the cohesion of the movement. It is upon this foundation that the newest iteration of the Forum is built. To best honor grassroots voices, champion inclusivity, and strengthen ownership in the movement, the annual Freedom from Slavery Forum has expanded to 5 regional Forums (1. Africa, 2. South and Southeast Asia, 3. Latin America, 4. Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and 5. North America, the Caribbean, and Europe) and a global convening.
The Forum is a living embodiment of the anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery movement, bringing together individuals and groups whose work may not otherwise intersect. The Forum recognizes that the movement itself is only as strong as its members, and one of the essential pillars of the Forum is to convene voices from a plethora of different backgrounds. The Forum has taken great care to increase access and infuse democratization at its very core and, by extension, the movement itself. These notions are the foundation of the reinvention of the 2021 Forum format.
It is during the Global Convening in Marrakesh, Morocco from March 27-30, 2022 that the regional priorities were examined by movement leaders and survivors of modern slavery from all regions of the world. The goal of the Marrakesh convening was to reinvigorate the movement by developing relevant, practical, and strategic efforts to effectively counteract modern slavery.