Anti-Slavery Annual Conference 2019

Highlights from our flagship event, this year marking 180 years of fighting slavery

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Anti-Slavery International celebrated 180 years of fighting slavery on Thursday 14th November at its Member and Supporter Conference and AGM in the Great Hall at Goodenough College, London.

After an inspiring welcome message from CEO Jasmine O’Connor, Africa Programme Coordinator Sarah Mathewson outlined Anti-Slavery’s achievements in tackling slavery and delivering freedom to people in Africa and Asia during 2018-19. This was followed by an interactive session on Anti-Slavery’s UK advocacy work from UK & Europe Programme Manager, Kate Roberts, and Project Coordinator & Researcher, ATMG, Anna Sereni, which highlighted how challenging and intimidating the UK system is for survivors.

The full chart is available here, courtesy of the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Later in the afternoon, guests were shown a special video “180 years of Anti-Slavery in 180 seconds” which highlighted the remarkable impact the movement has made over 18 decades.


One of Thomas Clarkson’s descendants, Michael Bouet, then regaled guests with a wonderful historical presentation about Thomas Clarkson, Founder of the Anti-Slavery Society.

Guests were then treated to a powerful and moving musical performance of Freedom Song by Vox Holloway Choir, a musical inspired by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the choir of the first university of freed people in the United States.

Former US TiP Ambassador Luis de Baca then hosted a lively panel discussion about tackling slavery in the digital age. Guests were encouraged and inspired by the amazing insights from Luis and panellists: Francesca Willow, the Ethical Unicorn, Ioannis Kougkoulos, Rights Lab University of Nottingham and Anti-Slavery CEO Jasmine O’Connor. The panel discussion was live-streamed, but if you missed it the first time don’t worry, you can watch it again below or on our Facebook page.

The conference was closed by Jasmine O’Connor where she encouraged guests to help the charity look to the future and make suggestions for Anti-Slavery’s 2020 strategy which is currently being developed.

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