Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International

At a glance


  • Human rights
  • International development

Other details

Geographical remit: 


We work to end slavery throughout the world.

We have projects in the UK and Europe, Africa and Asia, but our campaigning work covers the whole world.

Together with local organisations we work to secure the freedom of those affected by slavery and press for effective implementation of laws against slavery.


Our approach, defined in our theory of change, envisages going towards a world free from slavery by working at both the structural level and the grassroots level to change policy and practice, to foster behavioural change and create new social norms to enable abused and exploited people to claim their human rights.

We work closely with 40 local partner organisations in more than 11 countries, directly supporting over 115,000 people affected by slavery to claim their rights and take control of their lives.

We use the following approaches:

  • Enabling people to leave slavery – through exemplar frontline projects with local partners, reaching out to people most vulnerable to slavery and exploitation. For example, our local partner in India operates a 24 hotline to allow people to call and ask for help. Legal cases are filed and with the authorities, people in bondage from kilns are rescued.
  • Helping victims of slavery – with frontline work ensuring they access the psychological and legal support they need to recover and obtain justice and compensation.  For example, in Mauritania, alongside our local partner we help people escape from slavery and rebuild their lives as free people by providing financial support, shelter and vocational training, as well as filing cases in courts.
  • Supporting the empowerment of people to be better protected from slavery – again working at grass roots level, to help communities demand respect for their human rights and tackle the root causes of slavery through access to education and the elimination of caste and gender inequality. For example, we founded six communities of former slaves in Niger, providing free education to their children.

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