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In 2015-2016 we worked with over 40 organisations in more than 20 countries, directly supporting over 115,200 people through our projects and partnerships and indirectly supporting thousands more through awareness raising.

This year we achieved great strides in fighting slavery, with a particular focus on descent base slavery and the risks of slavery and labour exploitation for migrant workers. Here are just a few examples.


  • 37 people brought out of slavery this year in Mauritania. Our project there continues to provide them with subsistence support, including engaging in advocacy on their behalf and assisting with their social and economic integration.
  • Mauritania has one of the highest concentrations of slavery per capita globally. Following our advocacy at the International Labour Conference, the conclusions of the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS) closely reflected the key recommendations in our briefing on Mauritania. Of particular importance, Mauritania was made the subject of a ‘special paragraph’, which is an expression of severity, CAS’s highest rebuke, and means that slavery in Mauritania will be listed in the General Report of the 2015 ILC as a situation of specific concern.


  • In Niger, Anti-Slavery International continued to assist 452 children of slave descent to access education this year and supported their families (3,287 people in total) to understand, assert and claim their rights through awareness-raising workshops, training on advocacy, socioeconomic activities and the facilitation of meetings with State representatives.


  • Our brick kiln project in India has continued to raise the awareness of workers on labour rights and decent work both in Chhattisgarh before they migrate and once they arrive in the kilns in Punjab, reaching 53,683 workers this year. As part of this project workers whose rights have been abused are provided with legal support, assisting 1,484 brick kiln workers to be released from bondage this year. 21,000 workers were given information on their entitlements, as Anti-Slavery International and its partners assisted workers to access existing social security schemes and benefits, making them less dependent on loans.
  • Our Migrant Domestic Work project in India has been particularly successful in terms of activities related to safe migration awareness with 37,668 domestic workers provided with information on labour rights and women’s rights. Domestic workers are sensitized to the issues and provided with information on the risks associated with the migration process and with emergency contact details in case of abuse. Domestic workers are also made aware of their rights through the project and supported to negotiate better working conditions. For example, this year has seen wage increases secured for 1,102 workers and 308 workers have signed formal employment contracts. 
  • Recognising the heightened risk which migration from India to the Gulf poses to the lives of men in north-eastern Uttar Pradesh, 200 migrants received safe migration awareness training and information. Anti-Slavery International and its partners finalised and printed a comprehensive worker ‘passbook’ for each worker to carry with them, which contains all the necessary information and key contacts and conducted six worker trainings.


  • Our bonded labour project in Nepal came to an end in 2015/16. The aim of this project was to help break the cycle of discrimination and bondage in Nepal by improving access to education (and consequently livelihood opportunities outside exploitation) for children of ex and current bonded agricultural labourers. Achievements in the final year included supporting 1,477 children with preparatory classes and assisting them to pursue formal education and an additional 102 children with vocational training. Based on our experience in this project, Anti-Slavery International is in the process of developing a new project that will address the marginalisation of these communities by improving their participation in governance and their socioeconomic vulnerability.
  • In Nepal, our Migrant Domestic Work project focuses on raising the awareness of workers before they migrate to the Lebanon. 1,405 people were involved in community meetings and events this year in Nepal, through which they are made aware of the risks involved in working in Lebanon and of their rights and ensuring that they know where they can go for assistance if they face problems once there.


  • Meanwhile, NARI, a Nepalese Migrant Domestic Work group which was set up in Lebanon as part of our project, continues to grow and now has 81 members providing information and outreach support to Nepalese domestic workers in Lebanon. In the past year, the project has processed almost 300 migrant domestic work cases in Lebanon, providing legal support in the 37 worst cases of abuse and exploitation and referring cases of non-payment of wages or repatriation requests on to the relevant providers.


  • In our project in Peru, 612 Child Domestic Workers have demonstrated increased self-esteem and 1,047 children have shown that recognise and understand the risks associated with Domestic Work. The project has also established 46 libraries in primary schools in Lima, helping 753 chid domestic workers access recreational reading and hence supporting their emotional, psychological and academic development. As part of the project a radio programme on Child Domestic Work ‘No somos invisibles’ (We are not invisible) helps to raise awareness among listeners, with the last audience measurement indicating a total of 13,000 listeners.


  • In July 2015, we organised the first meeting of the EU Cotton Campaign network in Berlin with NGOs and other stakeholders from 10 EU countries, who are now linked to the Cotton Crimes work. Anti-Slavery produced a two minute awareness raising video about the conditions in the Uzbek cotton industry which was launched at the beginning of September 2015. The short doodle animation explaining the system of forced labour in the Uzbekistan’s cotton industry achievd more than 10,000 views on Youtube and was featured on the Thompson Reuters and CNN websites, adopted and translated into Korean by Cotton Campaign partner APIL and translated into Russian and Uzbek and featured on the Radio Liberty site.


  • Under our ‘Staff Wanted’ project which aims to combat forced labour, trafficking, and exploitation in the UK hospitality industry, awareness raising posters in 10 languages aimed at hotel staff were produced and distributed in March 2016 to all large and medium hotels in the M25 area, raising the awareness of thousands of migrant hospitality workers in the UK of their rights and of how to protect themselves from exploitation.
  • Finally, Anti-Slavery International continues to engage with the UK Government’s Modern Slavery Unit and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner. In March 2016, Anti-Slavery International was accepted to be a core member of the newly formed ministerial stakeholder engagement group and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner agreed to meet with the ATMG on a quarterly basis going forward, to consult about the situation of slavery in the UK, where there is an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery.


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