Modern slavery in a local and global context

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Gain an understanding of modern slavery & consider how to improve recognition of signs, reporting mechanisms and victim support structures.

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As part of the Intercultural Learning Series delivered by the International Network of Universities, a global consortium of 10 universities, this session will look at Modern Slavery in a Local and Global Context.

De Montfort University (DMU) is the global hub for Sustainable Development Goal 16: to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. Participants will hear how SDG 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels and how DMU acts as a hub for research, information and good practice, and increases awareness of the goal to students, staff and the local community.

In this workshop, the focus within SDG16 will be modern slavery. It is estimated that 40.3 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – and it is also an increasing problem with a reported estimate 25% year-on-year increase in the number of potential victims identified. Through a series of interactive tasks and presentations from a leading academic and an international charity based in Vietnam, students will: gain an understanding of the many forms of modern slavery and the scale of the issue globally; develop a global perspective by comparing the problem in different countries; and consider how to improve recognition of signs, reporting mechanisms and victim support structures.

Finally, the session will conclude with participants reflecting on their own competencies and how the fundamental attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to further intercultural understanding, overlap with those needed to respond to the UN SDG’s. By being interculturally competent, we can begin to understand and interpret global issues to actively respond to them.


Dr. Laura Pajon Moreno - Programme Leader LLB Law and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University & Coordinator for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Modern Slavery Action Group (LLRMSAG)

Michael Brosowski - Founder & co-CEO of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Owen Sheridan - Deputy Head of Global Mobility, De Montfort University

Mark Charlton - Associate Director of Public Engagement, De Montfort University


For any questions, please contact the International Network of Universities Coordinator on:

This session will be attended by students from the 10 member universities of the International Network of Universities:

- De Montfort University, UK

- European University Viadrina, Germany

- Hiroshima University, Japan

- James Madison University, USA

- Kingston University, UK

- Malmö University, Sweden

- Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia

- Rovira i Virgili University, Spain

- Stellenbosch University, South Africa

- Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina

The link to join the session will be sent out to registrants a week prior to the event.

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