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Wilberforce Institute

We're advancing the end of slavery and exploitation around the world

"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." The Right Honourable Lord Frank Field of Birkenhead, former MP and Chair of The Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review
“The Wilberforce Institute Justice Hub is the platform to enhance knowledge for those of us who practise in criminal justice. Our moral responsibility is to continue to disrupt, to protect, to prevent and to prosecute. This Justice Hub brings together all of the ideologies to enable us to do that.” Caroline Haughey OBE QC
Working with the Risk Assessment Team was so positive for us at the John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose. They have helped us to assess modern slavery risks in our logistics and warehouse operations and in our horticulture, fish and fisheries sections. A very thorough and professional service which we would highly recommend. Sam Ludlow Taylor, Partner & Senior Manager, Human Rights Programmes, John Lewis Partnership, Ethics & Sustainability

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World-leading research centre

Walking in the footsteps of Hull MP William Wilberforce, our influential research has received royal recognition and is helping governments, businesses and communities root out slavery at its very source - one of the greatest threats to human rights today. 

Our unique strength is our understanding of both historical and contemporary slavery – learning from the past to create positive change today.


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The Wilberforce Institute have an extensive library of recorded webinars featuring experts in both historical and modern slavery. 

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Our PhD students conduct life-changing research that helps inform policies and practices around emancipation issues. Their work drives the agenda to help tackle slavery.

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Learning from the lessons of the past. Inspiring change in the present. Educating the policy-makers of the future.