Discussion: how grassroots defenders are tackling modern day slavery (week 8)

This post is part of 10 Weeks of Action : Demanding funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders* by calling on our community to sign the #JusticeForAll petition. Each week, we will spotlight how access to justice is critical to the advancement of different thematic issues.

At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people were in modern slavery, including 24.9 million who were forced to work under threat or coercion. (Source) Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture, 4.8 million persons in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million persons in forced labour imposed by state authorities.

Grassroots justice defenders work with communities to help them understand and access their rights to work, fair payment, equal treatment, and human rights.

@hburkhalter from International Justice Mission wrote a blog post about grassroots justice defenders and survivors tackling bonded labour in South India:

This week’s Featured Resource sheds light on global estimates of modern day slavery.

Discussion: How are you, your organization, or other grassroots justice defenders tackling this issue of modern day slavery? What more can be done?

We look forward to seeing your ideas and input in the comments below.


Thanks for sharing, @cocolammers. This is such a complex issue and one that is extraordinarily difficult to approach since, similar to many undocumented or refugee communities, there is immense and warranted fear of deportation and other retaliatory measures if they come to the surface. I have had discussions with network members from India to Hong Kong to NYC about potential ideas and solutions, but maybe some of you have some input here? @aliceD @ScholarPractitioner @annaelisabeth @tomdixon @jpttony @anon61838343