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UK’s First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visits: delivers CSIS Lecture 2016

16 March 2016 by Sarah

Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK's first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner delivering the CSIS annual lecture

Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK’s first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner delivering the CSIS annual lecture at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building.

On Monday, Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, visited Liverpool and delivered the 2016 Annual Lecture for the Centre for the Study of International Slavery  at our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview by Dr Alex Balch, co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS): 

“This year’s annual CSIS lecture featured Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, who gave an inspiring talk outlining his vision for a step-change in the way we tackle modern slavery.

“Kevin Hyland was keen to make the connections between his work in Britain – and at the international level through the United Nations – with the historical legacies of abolitionists and civil rights campaigners. He quoted William Wilberforce and, fittingly, considering the building where the event took place was named after him – Martin Luther King Junior.

“The commissioner was critical of how law enforcement in the UK had recorded and investigated the crime of modern slavery, warning that we should learn the lessons from recent scandals around child sexual exploitation. He announced that he had successfully lobbied for the inclusion of modern slavery in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, thanks in part to support from Pope Francis for his initiative. He also promised to report annually on the progress he is making on Anti-Slavery Day, which takes place every October”.

The Centre for the Study of International Slavery supports and shares leading research about human enslavement and its legacies.  Founded as a partnership between the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool, the Centre works together with other universities and organisations to develop scholarly and public activities related to slavery in its historical and contemporary manifestations.

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