On the 8th of June 2022, BASNET​, in partnership with University of Sheffield and the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse at St Mary’s University,​ held a workshop on race equality in modern slavery research. The networking workshop aimed to address an urgent gap in current research on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK: its lack of ethnic diversity. This applies across the whole research landscape including those who commission and fund research, the researcher workforce and research participants. The workshop brought together a network of researchers, experts by experience, community organisations, funders, and research users in the modern slavery diversity field. We would like to thank everyone who took part at the event. From the discussions we will find ‘emergent’, ‘promising’ and ‘best’ practice in the field of modern slavery research that will guide the anti-slavery movement internationally. The following are some of the feedbacks from participants:

“Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this amazing day. I have had such an informative day and feel empowered to contribute to the changes that need to be made”.

“The facilitators were excellent and enabled everyone to feel comfortable to speak their mind and provide their inputs”.

”The talks were excellent and being part of a discussion group was a great opportunity to listen and learn from people with much more expertise than me! In addition, it was a great opportunity to build relationships across different organisations”.

The workshop report will be launched soon.