February 24, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Six years on from the Modern Slavery Act: How does our justice system treat victims of modern slavery and human trafficking?

5.30 pm Wednesday 24 February 2021

Online event

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The Modern Slavery Act became law on 26 March 2015. Since then, research, policy, and guidance has strengthened our understanding of the vulnerabilities and trauma that often attach to experiences of trafficking and modern slavery.

In this event, the Human Rights Lawyers Association invite an expert panel on areas of criminal justice, civil compensation (including under the Human Rights Act), immigration and asylum, and housing and social care to explore how – and whether – this has translated into practice.

Do the key actors in our justice system, in particular judges and government decision-makers, approach issues of modern slavery and trafficking in the way they ought to be treated?

To consider this, we are excited to host:

Maya Sikand QC (Doughty Street Chambers) on civil compensation and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998;

Professor Parosha Chandran (King’s College London/One Pump Court) on the principle of ‘non-punishment’ of victims of trafficking within the criminal justice;

Carita Thomas (Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit/ATLEU) on treatment within the immigration and asylum system; and

• A further panellist TBC.

The event is chaired by Rabah Kherbane (Doughty Street Chambers), organised together with Markus Findlay, both on the Executive Committee of the HRLA.

The event will include a chance for a Q&A from attendees; we look forward to seeing you there!



This is an online event, once you are registered a link will be sent to you in the days running up to the event itself.

Our thanks to Doughty Street Chambers for hosting this online event.