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Conference: Eradicating Modern Slavery in Northern Ireland

Eradicating modern slavery - conference graphic

Law Centre (NI) invites you to join us for a conference on eradicating modern slavery in Northern Ireland. 

Thursday 10 September, 9.30am to 3.45pm, Riddell Hall, QUB, Lecture Room 3, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

The passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in Westminster and the Human Trafficking & Exploitation (NI) Act 2015 create important new legal frameworks for tackling labour exploitation, forced labour and trafficking. 

The conference will examine these new obligations as well as strategies to eradicate modern slavery in the labour market and best practice in protecting victims of trafficking and labour exploitation. 

RSVP: Places are limited so please confirm your attendance ASAP to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


9.30   - Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 - Welcome and introduction, Glenn Jordan, Law Centre (NI)
10.10 - Opening remarks, Department of Justice

10.30 - SESSION I: Statutory Obligations to Eradicate Modern Slavery chaired by Jennifer Greenfield, Law Centre (NI)

  • The new legal obligations to eradicate modern slavery, Julie Wilson, Department of Justice
  • Co-ordinating responses across the UK, Kevin Hyland, UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Q&A


11.45 - SESSION II: Eradicating Modern Slavery in the Labour Market, chaired by Caroline Maguire, Law Centre (NI)

  • Short film, Yoke Farm
  • Ending trafficking for forced labour, Claire Falconer, Focus on Labour Exploitation
  • Enforcement action to eradicate labour exploitation, Deirdre Walsh and Paul Mulholland, Department for Employment and Learning
  • Tackling modern slavery through supply chains, Andrew Wallis, Unseen
  • The role of business in eradicating modern slavery, Gillian McKee, Business in the Community
  • The role of trade unions in eradicating modern slavery, Peter Bunting, NIC/ICTU
  • Q&A

1.15 - LUNCH
2.00 - SESSION III: Protecting Victims' Rights, chaired by Liz Griffith, Law Centre (NI)

  • Lessons from supporting victims, Noelle Collins, Women’s Aid, and Roger McVicker, Migrant Help 
  • Enhancing the national referral mechanism – implications for victims of trafficking in Northern Ireland, Klara Skrivankova, Anti-Slavery International
  • Child victims of trafficking in human beings – statutory duties and children’s rights, Fidelma O’Hagan, Law Centre (NI)
  • Q&A

3.00 - Reflections and aspirations for the new legislation - Lord Morrow MLA

3.15 - Plenary discussion, summary and close - Ursula O'Hare, Law Centre (NI)

3.45 - END



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