The London Evening Standard published a report last week on modern slavery as a part of its Slaves on Our Streets campaign. GFEMS is pleased to have contributed to the report, and encourages anti-slavery leaders to read and share the research. Dr. Jean Baderschneider, GFEMS' CEO, sits on the Evening Standard's anti-slavery think tank team, along with John Studzinski, (Arise), Monique Villa (Thompson Reuters Foundation), and Paul Polman (Unilever).
Jean Baderschneider, CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, spoke today at the Santa Marta Group's fifth conference at the Vatican. The Santa Marta Group is a unique global partnership between law enforcement and the Catholic Church focused on eradicating modern slavery. Dr. Baderschneider participated in the third session of the day, where she discussed the importance of effective rule of law, sustaining freedom, and private sector engagement.
The session was chaired by Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Other participants included Sr. Gabriella Bottani (Talitha Kum), Fr. Bruno Ciceri (Apostleship of the Sea), Dr. Federico Soda (International Organization for Migration), and Mr. Wil van Gemert (Europol).
Read more about the conference here.
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Marriott International. This joint initiative will be focused on preparing survivors of modern slavery for employment, particularly in the hospitality industry. In the coming months, we will convene stakeholders to discuss the details of this initiative. We are grateful for Marriott's leadership role in supporting survivors towards self-sufficiency through dignified work, and welcome the partnership of other companies interested in supporting survivor employment.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced this week at the UN General Assembly that the UK will contribute £20M to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The Prime Minister made this announcement at a roundtable she hosted for 36 other member states in which she issued a Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel announced yesterday that the United Kingdom will contribute £20 million of funding to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. The announcement came during an event at the United Nations General Assembly, during which PM May also announced several other measures the UK will undertake to fight modern slavery.
Read PM May's full remarks here.
Read Secretary Patel's full remarks here.
We are pleased to announce that funding under the Program to End Modern Slavery has been awarded to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). Our sincere thanks goes to the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) for their leadership and commitment to combat the horrific crime of modern day slavery, as well as to all of the non-governmental organizations, members of congress, and other champions around the world who have partnered with us in this new and innovative approach. We are particularly grateful to Senator Bob Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who pursued this issue in a bipartisan manner and worked tirelessly to make it a reality.
We are convinced that a concerted, global effort focused on measurable outcomes, and involving both public and private investment, will be a game-changer in the fight to end modern day slavery. In the coming months, we look forward to working in close cooperation with the State Department and our other partners as we leverage these critical funds from the US Government to rally other donor governments and private entities to this unprecedented movement.