Slavery and Trafficking

Slavery is not history. It calls to mind images of the Israelites in Egypt or the trans-Atlantic trade. But it is here and it is now – in the UK today there are as many as 13,000 victims of slavery or trafficking

Modern slavery exists in many forms – including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking. Although it is illegal in most countries where it is practised, and prohibited by a multitude of international laws and conventions, there are more enslaved people in the world today than at any point in history. And it is not only a scourge of the developing world – around 13,000 people here in the UK are victims of slavery or trafficking.

Slavery and trafficking are unavoidably connected to Jewish experience

Particularly during the festival of Pesach, Jewish people remember the pain of slavery. As we celebrate our freedom, we should remember the countless people around the world, including here in the UK, who do not share our good fortune.

Making slavery history – René Cassin’s work in the UK

We work to raise awareness of the problem of modern slavery in the Jewish community.

Campaign Updates:

Modern Slavery Victims and Legal Aid

Ben Cartwright discusses the importance of legal aid for victims of modern slavery.

Modern slavery numbers are increasing – is that to be welcomed?

Aidan Shipman on the latest National Crime Agency figures

Let’s Vote for Human Rights

Don’t forget to vote at the local elections – Thursday 3 May

Rights, Recovery and Reform – The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill

Lord McColl’s Bill will both help victims and ensure more offenders are prosecuted

2018 – Time for a real modern slavery strategy?

Victims of modern slavery deserve a strategy that is more than just a slogan

Diplomats and the Abuse of Domestic Workers

Modern slaves – made to work exploitative hours, but totally dependent on employers

‘Why We Must All Fight Slavery’ – Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

‘It is likely that every one of us has unwittingly encountered and perhaps even benefited from modern-day slavery.’ – Chief Rabbi Mirvis On the 10th December 1948, 69 years ago, our namesake Monsieur René Cassin helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every year we mark the closest Shabbat to that day with Human […]

Human Rights Shabbat 5778 Resources

On International Human Rights Day – René Cassin shines a light on modern slavery

The Fight Against Modern Slavery…

Domestic progress is being undermined by international failures

“I cried from joy” – RSY-Netzer raises £350 to support survivors of human trafficking

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Modern slavery and the media: What we don’t know can hurt us

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Sign up for Human Rights Shabbat 5778!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

We need your help to tackle ‘the great human rights issue of our time’

Please support René Cassin’s anti-slavery campaign

Europol and Eurojust – two vital EU agencies in the fight against modern slavery

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Expect more stories of slavery – and demand more victim support

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

More must be done to combat human trafficking in hotels

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Freedom – or Freefall?

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

What a human rights hero!

Ruby is generously raising money and awareness on the issue of modern day slavery

Let’s Remake the Case for Human Rights Together

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What do the Manifestos say about Human Rights?

The key questions to ask your candidates

Five key questions to ask your local candidates

Human Rights and the General Election

‘Inexcusable’ failures in UK’s response to modern slavery

System puts survivors at risk and plays into the hands of abusers

Who is at the centre of Britain’s Modern Slavery Act?

Read our latest blog on modern day slavery

Modern Slavery – ‘Human Writes’ essay competition winners

Read the winning entries and what our judge, Joshua Rozenberg, says about them

Anti-Slavery Laws – and why they do not work

Why don’t anti-slavery laws prevent slavery?

Our Biggest Human Rights Shabbat to Date!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

Human Rights Shabbat 5777 Resource Pack

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

“I hate injustice” – Ruby

Ruby is generously raising money and awareness on the issue of modern day slavery

Today (18th October) is UK Anti-Slavery Day

‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude’ – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

How will your community mark Human Rights Shabbat on 10th December?

René Cassin have run the ‘Human Rights Shabbat’ programme for the past eight years. Human Rights Shabbat falls on the nearest Shabbat to World Human Rights Day. This year that is on the 10th December. It’s an opportunity for every Jewish community in the UK to engage with the issue of human rights. You can have a […]

Slavery Chief Warns of Modern Day Slavery Exploitation of Asylum Seekers

Kevin Hyland, the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner has written a letter to Theresa May highlighting that delayed efforts to provide asylum to unaccompanied child refugees in Calais exposes these children to the risk of modern slavery and exploitation. The letter comes shortly after Theresa May pledged millions of pounds to tackle the issue of modern day slavery. Kevin Hyland […]

Latest statistics out on global modern day slavery

How many slaves are there in the UK? Is the UK better or worse than other countries at dealing with trafficking? What type of slavery is most prevalent in the UK? Recent statistics published by the Global Slavery Index paint an interesting picture. Read Zoe Paskett’s report for more detail. You can download Zoe’s thoughts here

‘Concrete forward progress’ for Overseas Domestic Workers

On March 7, the Government released its response to James Ewins’ December 2015 Independent Review of Overseas Domestic Workers’ Visas. René Cassin submitted written evidence to this review in May 2015. In his review, Ewins argued that visas which tie employees to a single employer create an environment in which abuse is more likely to […]

Independent Review of Overseas Domestic Workers Visas

In May 2015 René Cassin submitted evidence to a review of Overseas Domestic Workers visas. This is an area of concern that the Modern Slavery Act fails to tackle. Our worries, outlined in our submission, are echoed in James Ewins’ independent report, the system as it stands is open to abuse and sets out ideal […]

Tackling Modern Slavery – How overseas domestic workers are still being ignored

The last year has has seen a marked improvement in the framework of legislation to tackle modern slavery in the UK. However, this improvement has not been extended to one of the most vulnerable groups, overseas domestic workers. In fact, legislation currently in place renders them more prone to exploitation. Aidan Shipman explains more in his […]

Is Britain Fairer?’ – not for some, new report reveals

In the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain, The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) today reveals ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ over the past five years. Jewish human rights charity René Cassin, which campaigns on issues that resonate with Jewish historical experience – such as […]

Launch of Trafficking Survivor Care Standards

Although it is difficult to establish the exact scale of human trafficking, due to the hidden nature of this crime, available data suggest that there could be millions of trafficked people across the world. The Human Trafficking Foundation has formed an Expert Working Group which brings together practitioners from the anti-trafficking field to discuss ways […]

Submission made to independent review of ODW visas

René Cassin Submission to ODW Review Overseas domestic workers in the UK are especially vulnerable to abuse, as they may not speak English, may not have knowledge of their rights, and have limited access to justice. Tying workers to their employers fosters labour and criminal abuse and must be opposed. René Cassin advocates reform of […]

Expert panel: How to break the chains of modern slavery?

Breaking the Chains On the 22nd of April, René Cassin was pleased to hear from renowned experts Parosha Chandran and Dr Aidan McQuade to discuss the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the future direction of anti-slavery advocacy. Chaired by Dr Rosa Freedman of Birmingham University and hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner, the event was a great […]

Modern Slavery – breaking the chains

A René Cassin free public event on Wednesday 22 April at Berwin Leighton Paisner, London EC4R 9HA.

Slavery is not history. In the UK today there are as many as 13,000 victims. Two leading experts examine this modern scourge and what can be done to combat it.