The Justice Hub is a Wilberforce Institute and University of Hull Alumni funded project that seeks to combat modern slavery by using research and knowledge exchange to engage and empower people to create a culture of change for good. Based at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute, the Justice Hub has been created to educate stakeholders to better use and enforce the Modern Slavery Act. Our aim is to enable people to use the law so that together we combat the evil of modern slavery. The Justice Hub facilitates engagement with a range of current and potential stakeholders to share research, strategies and experience of applying the Modern Slavery Act.
In providing leadership, expertise, in-kind resources, and practical support, the Wilberforce Institute and the University of Hull can strengthen the knowledge and expertise of lawyers, enabling them to apply the law successfully. We are also developing training and practical toolkits for a wide range of business and civic organisations. The Justice Hub aims to raise awareness of, and compliance with, UK legislation, ensuring it is better understood and enforced. Sharing the motives and ambitions of 19th-century abolitionists, we will inform and educate people to apply the law, so that it is used to better support those it was designed to protect.
Our mission is to use knowledge exchange, education, and research to raise awareness of, and compliance with, the Modern Slavery Act 2015, ensuring it is better understood and enforced. We will inform and educate people to apply the law so that it is used to better support those it was designed to protect. We want to bridge the gaps that exist between law, policy, and practice, so all people have fair and equal access to their rights.
Our vision is a global community free from modern slavery where people feel empowered to strive for change. Working in partnership is the most effective way to learn and make a change. The Justice Hub have access to the latest knowledge and best practice. By enhancing collaboration and connectedness in the sector, we are supporting those with a legal or moral duty to act. We want a fairer world for all that is brought about by effective and sustainable policy change and robust legal frameworks.
Founded on research and evidence, the Justice Hub educates professionals on:
- Different types of modern slavery.
- The pattern of recruitment, coercion and control of victims.
- Trafficking routes, source and destination countries.
- Practice developments in the field of law enforcement.
- Developments in the application of the act and cooperative working between agencies and countries.
- Rapid access to new research and briefings.
The Justice Hub draws on expertise, networks and evidence from the Wilberforce Institute’s involvement with the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy Evidence Centre and Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. The focus is on areas where modern slavery is known to flourish; trafficking of children, labour exploitation in agriculture, small businesses, construction, beauty, and manufacturing.