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Project information

Human Rights for Victims of Slavery

The human rights of 20.9 million people are violated through slavery, including human trafficking, forced labour and child labour. Men, women and children are abused across the world in countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America. We seek to end this abuse.


Charity information: Anti-Slavery International

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  • Need


    Millions of men, women and children around the world are forced to lead lives as slaves. Although this exploitation is often not called slavery, the conditions are the same. People are sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay and are at the mercy of their 'employers'.

    Slavery exists today despite the fact that it is banned in most of the countries where it is practiced. Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, sex and race.


    Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world. Our international programmes involve working closely with groups in local communities, learning from their experience and empowering them to combat slavery through awareness raising at the local level, education and community building. We also raise awareness through public campaigning, education and outreach, and lobbying of national and international governments

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Eradicate all forms of contemporary slavery around the world.


    » Through campaigning, advocacy and projects at the regional, national and international level we seek to eliminate all forms of contemporary slavery.

    What success will look like

    This will be achieved if human rights standards are upheld throughout the world and people are protected and freed from slavery.

    Aim 2

    Expose current cases of abuse through slavery


    » We conduct research and report on slavery today
    » We also identify and challenge oppressive regimes and systems which hold people in slavery

    What success will look like

    Successful if governments are held accountable for slavery abuses and failings which allow these to persist. In turn governments hold employers and other abusers to account

    Aim 3

    Campaign to end slavery


    » Through our national and international campaigns we raise public awareness about the continued existence of slavery

    What success will look like

    We aim for public understanding of contemporary slavery to be increased and for individuals to take action to end slavery

    Aim 4

    Support local communities to free victims and address the causes of slavery


    » We work closely with those whose rights we seek to defend, working in partnership with community organisations to deliver sustainable projects

    What success will look like

    This will be realised once victims and communities affected by slavery are removed from situations of poverty, exploitation and discrimination.

    Aim 5

    Ensure laws against slavery are strengthened and enforced


    » At the national and international level we conduct advocacy and work with key players to ensure the law is used to its full effect to combat slavery

    What success will look like

    Through effective laws and mechanisms to ensure perpetrators of slavery are prosecuted, victims receive protection and compensation and future abuses are prevented

  • Impact


    Anti-Slavery is the world's oldest international human rights organisation. Our work has produced real change through successful campaigns, new laws and inspiring projects. Currently we work with communities affected by slavery in India, Nepal, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, Tanzania, Lebanon, Philippines, Peru, Costa Rica and many more.


    Forced labor is a serious violation of human rights that may be present business supply chains. Despite companies’ commitment against its use, at least 12.3 million people are in forced labor globally, of which 80% are exploited by private agents.

    Business has a unique ability to address these issues and ensure that human rights are respected. Our Supply Chain programme works with businesses to identify, prevent and end the use of slavery through forced labor in the supply chain.


    Funders will receive a brief report after six months which updates the donor on our ongoing activities, campaigns and successes. We also encourage funders to join our campaigns network for more regular updates: www.antislavery.org/english/campaigns/sign_up_for_updates

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 Core costs To support core costs of running the organisation and supporting continuing development of our work.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Baring Foundation £33,066 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our projects currently focus on different types of contemporary slavery: Bonded Labor in South East Asia, in Nepal and India, Descent-based slavery in West Africa, including Niger, Mali and Mauritania, Child Labor in Senegal, Domestic Work; across 8 different countries, Trafficking, mostly in Europe, and Forced Labor in the international Supply Chain


    Common characteristics distinguish slavery from other human rights violations. A slave is:
    * forced to work -- through mental or physical threat;
    * owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or threatened abuse;
    * dehumanized, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as 'property';
    * physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement.
    An estimated 12.3 million people are victims of slavery today.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Anti-Slavery has continued to contribute to lasting change and progress towards the eradication of contemporary slavery:

    Through our West Africa programme we are supporting victims of slavery from Mali, Mauritania and Niger and seeking redress in the international courts.

    Following a successful campaign by Anti-Slavery International and Liberty to criminalize forced labor and servitude the UK Government agreed to amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Aidan McQuade

    Dr Aidan McQuade is the Director of Anti-Slavery International, overseeing all current work with support from an independent board of Trustees.