18th October 2021

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

Anti-Slavery Day 2021: What does a ‘victim’ look like? 

Monday 18 October 2021 | 17:00 – 18:30

The seminar will be held on Zoom and access will be provided by email prior to the event.

Doughty Street’s Anti-Trafficking Group invites you to join us for a discussion on human trafficking and modern slavery to mark Anti-Slavery Day. Our focus this year is on debunking the myth of the ‘ideal’ victim. We pose the question ‘What does a victim look like?’ at a time where British women and girls trafficked to ISIS territory in Northeast Syria are being failed by the UK government and current legislative proposals in the Nationality and Borders Bill seek to exclude ‘unpopular’ victims from identification as victims of trafficking.

We are absolutely delighted to be joined by the leading thinkers, practitioners, and academics in the field.

This event will be co-chaired by our team leaders, Maya Sikand QC and Catherine Meredith

Keynote: Professor Siobhan Mullally

Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway and United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children.


Dr Anne Gallagher AO

DSC Academic Expert and Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation

Maya Foa

Joint Executive Director, REPRIEVE

Michelle Knorr

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Zoe Harper

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers


Brief Intro – Maya Sikand QC (max. 5 mins)


Professor Siobhan Mullally (15 mins)

Observations as UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons on key findings and recommendations of reports on non-penalisation clauses & challenges at state and international level.


Dr Anne Gallagher AO (15 mins)

Overview of international law on human trafficking.

Maya Foa (15 mins)

British Women and girls trafficked to NE Syria, non-identification, and deprivation of British citizenship: key findings & recommendation from Reprieve’s 2021 report.

Michelle Knorr (15 mins)

‘Unpopular’ victims ‘punished’ rather than protected by the immigration / criminal justice system.

Zoe Harper (10 mins)

Analysis of the relevant legislative proposals in the Nationality and Borders Bill.

Q & A Curated by Catherine Meredith and Maya Sikand QC (15 mins) 

Anti-Slavery Day 2021: What does a ‘victim’ look like?