The Role of Faith-Based Organisations in Tackling Modern Slavery

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Faith-based organisations (along with NGOs and civil society), play a significant role in the response to and prevention of modern slavery, both in the UK and internationally. However, their contribution often goes unacknowledged, and the benefits of their experience in the field are not always shared with other relevant players or fed into policymaking decisions. 

At this conference, experts and representatives from faith-based organisations, law enforcement agencies, as well as members of the academic, policymaking and Parliamentary communities will come together to discuss the role of faith-based organisations in combatting modern slavery. This event will involve a panel discussion and a Q&A session. This conference is hosted by RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC), St Mary’s University and the Santa Marta Group. 

Introductions: Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director-General of RUSI

Moderator: Sir Tom Phillips, Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University.


The panellists will be:

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict; Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Sister Lynda Dearlove: Founder and CEO of Women@theWell

Kevin Hyland, Santa Marta Group and member of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Chair of the Clewer Initiative (the Church of England's response to modern slavery) and of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Advisory Panel

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Devon and Cornwall Police, National Police Chiefs Lead for Modern Slavery


A drinks reception will be held after the event from 18:00 – 19:00.

Please note that this event is by invitation only. To register your interest, please RSVP to Please note that spaces for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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