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Bricks: the building blocks for construction (but also for the Rights Lab’s flagship project: Slavery from Space)

Modern slavery is one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. As such, target 8.7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges the international community to, by 2030, ‘Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking…’. It is therefore vital that today’s anti-slavery …

New Research: Compliance up but quality down – the concerning lack of engagement in modern slavery reporting from the UK agricultural sector

  A recent report from the Rights Lab at Nottingham has found that less than 50% of agricultural businesses in the UK are compliant with the terms of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, and that the quality of the reporting is low. This is a cause for concern for a sector with the fourth highest …

From fast-fashion to ultra-fast fashion: it is time to reveal the true costs

By Sacha McGowan-Crewe, Rights Lab Intern The fashion industry is worth £32 billion to the UK economy, yet is the second highest at-risk sector for modern slavery. The International Labour Organisation defines modern slavery as a ‘situation of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, and abuse of power’. It …

The Rights Lab Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU)- research in the service of ending slavery  

  By Sarah Kerr, Rights Lab Deputy Director and Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU) Director, Tuesday 29th January 2019 The Rights Lab Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU) is the interface between the Lab’s research base and modern slavery change agents in government, business and civil society in the UK and internationally. Domain specialists from each of the Rights Lab’s four research …

Working together to tackle modern slavery

Victim and survivor care is an area which needs urgent improvement in the fight against modern slavery, say frontline staff working with perpetrators and survivors. This is just one of the findings from a series of workshops which brought together local agencies to help them better understand how they can fight modern slavery in their communities. Multi-agency …

Rights Lab research used in parliamentary report on hand car washes

By Dr Akilah Jardine Dr Akilah Jardine, a Research Associate in the Rights Lab has been carrying out research into labour exploitation in hand car washes (HCWs). This type of set-up has attracted a lot of attention in the UK over recent months as investigations by law enforcement bodies have unearthed numerous labour, employment, health …

The Nottingham Reading Programme 2018/19

By Zoe Trodd and Andrew Winter Launched in 2015 and initially supported by Impact: the Nottingham Campaign, the Nottingham Reading Programme was designed as another way outside of the traditional welcome activities to provide students with a conversational ice-breaker as they settled into their accommodation. Through the shared experience of recreational reading, supported by reading …

Picturing Slavery: Learning from Antislavery Murals

By Hannah Jeffery As of 2017, every habitable continent in the world houses murals or public art installations dedicated to raising awareness of contemporary slavery. Texturing the streets of Bluefields in Nicaragua, Miami in the United States, New Delhi in India, Freetown in Sierra Leone, and Buenos Aires in Argentina, for example, are contemporary antislavery …

Sound Evidence to End Slavery

By Professor Todd Landman There are 40.3 million people enslaved around the world today, a shocking figure that, in recent times, has given birth to a renewed global commitment to end modern slavery. Ending slavery by 2030 is now a key Sustainable Development Goal target and slavery is a focus for the UK government. There can’t be many people …

Survivors’ Solutions: The Value of Survivors’ Voices in the Antislavery Movement

By Andrea Nicholson Slave narratives have long been a valuable tool in abolitionism; the pamphlets, papers, art, lectures and writings by abolitionists, slaves and amanuenses during the 19th century were central to galvanising the abolitionist movement and effecting change. These collections continue to inform our perspectives of slavery today, with historic narratives providing a basis …