You can help us address the scourge of modern day slavery

 “The Wilberforce Institute has become a world leader in the study and explication of slavery today, few have had more impact on our understanding of and response to a crucial problem facing Britain today.”

Frank Field, MP, Chair Of The Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review

Modern slavery is a horrific crime that can take many forms, including trafficking of people, forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. Devastatingly, cases in the UK are on the increase and the victims, who are amongst the most vulnerable people in our society, are often too afraid to come forward to seek help.

When victims do come forward to seek help and justice, they face other problems. The Modern Slavery Act of 2015 is a relatively new law, and according to a 2019 government review, it is not yet as effective as it could be. In addition, too little is known about the experience of victims to help us unravel their stories and get them the right assistance at the right time.

Work needs to be done to ensure that the perpetrators of these terrible crimes are brought to justice, and that the victims receive the help that they and their families need. The University of Hull has the expertise and a plan to make a valuable contribution in this fight, and we need your support to help make it happen.

The Modern Slavery Research & Practice Hub

“The people of Hull are proud of their most famous citizen, and rightly so. Wilberforce was not the only person responsible for the abolition of the slave trade, but three days after his death on 29 July 1833, the bill was passed to abolish slavery in the British Empire.

Professor Trevor Burnard, Director at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation

We want to establish the Modern Slavery Research & Practice Hub, which will be the first of its kind in the UK, here at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute (WISE). The Hub will be an education centre and a focal point for developing a network of practitioners working in the field. It will provide those practitioners with access to expert advice and research from the academics at the Wilberforce Institute, acting as a toolbox to better equip individuals for the court systems in the UK and beyond.

This is how we will bring the perpetrators of these awful crimes to justice, and provide the network of support and assistance so desperately needed by the victims of modern slavery.

WISE is the ideal home for the Hub. Following in the footsteps of MP and abolitionist William Wilberforce, it has a global reputation and has received royal recognition for its work. The institute is home to experts in humanities, law and social sciences, and works actively in partnership with governments, NGOs, business and communities to inform policy, business practice and public debate at local, national and international levels. 

How you can help us fight modern slavery

We believe that this initiative will make a huge difference in the fight against modern slavery, and in the lives of victims, but without alumni support, we will not be able to make this happen.

We are already working with an active group of alumni who are supporting us with fundraising and building awareness. If you would like to get involved, email Jeni on

You may wish to:

  1. Make a donation
  2. Help us with fundraising
  3. Join the network as someone who works, or supports those who work with, victims of modern slavery
  4. Help us to spread the word as the project develops

Please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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