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EDI Conference

One Year On: Promoting Race Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

July 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 3:30 pm

Join us at the second EDI Online Conference to mark the launch of BME Anti-Slavery Network’s (BASNET) publication ‘Promoting Racial Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for the UK Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Sector.’ 

This is an opportunity to look inwards and address the lack of diversity and inclusion in our sector and discuss how we can best implement the Action Plan to meet the needs of victims and survivors from different ethnic backgrounds and make our charities more representative of the range of survivors and victims we aim to support

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Chaired by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE

Coordinated by Naeema Ahmed and Jasmine Selby


1pm – 1.05pm             Tamara Barnett (Director of Operations at Human Trafficking Foundation) Welcome Address and introduction of Chair

1.05pm – 1.10pm       Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE Welcome Statement

1.10pm – 1.20pm       Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM – (The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Keynote Speech

1.20pm – 1.40pm        Debbie Ariyo OBE (Founder and Chair of BASNET) Presentation of the Race EDI Action Plan

1.40pm – 1.50pm       Statement from the BASNET EDI Working Group –

Dr. Elizabeth Such (NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow. ScHARR, University of Sheffield)

Neena Samota (Programme Director MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime, St Mary’s University)

1.50pm – 2:00pm       Attendee Q & A on BASNET Race EDI Action Plan

Voices of Survivors: What the Race EDI Action Plan Means For Us’

2.00pm – 2.10pm       Survivor Panel Discussion (Ruth*, Juliet*, Yomi*, Halilat*)

2.10pm –  2.20pm           Comfort Break                        

Adopting the Race EDI Action Plan: Actions Within the UK MSHT Sector

2.20pm – 2.30pm       Prof. Alex Balch (Director of Research – MS PEC)

BASNET Action Plan Theme: Research

2.30pm – 2.40pm       Robin Brierley (Managing Director – West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network)

BASNET Action Plan Theme: Charities, Networks and Partnerships – Composition and Staffing: A Focus on Networks and Partnerships

2.40pm – 2.50pm       Phil Brewer (Director of Intelligence – Stop The Traffik)

BASNET Action Plan Theme: Charities, Networks and Partnerships – Composition and Staffing: A Focus on Charities

2.50pm – 3.00pm       Mathew Sowemimo (Head of Public Affairs – Salvation Army)

BASNET Action Plan Theme: Service Provisions for Survivors

3.00pm – 3.10pm       Magdalene Adenaike CEO (Music Relief Foundation)

                                    Revd. Jide Macauley (CEO, House of Rainbow)

BASNET Action Plan Theme – Engaging Affected Communities

3.10pm – 3.20pm       Pam Bowen (Senior Policy Advisor | Strategy and Policy Directorate – CPS)

BASNET Action Plan Theme: Legal Provision

3.20pm – 3.25pm       Q&A on Sector Actions

3.25pm – 3:30             Summary & Next Steps

3:30pm            End

***Speakers are kindly requested to strictly adhere to their allocated time slot.