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Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's 2019-20 annual report published today

Today the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, will be publish her Annual Report for 2019-2020.

This annual report outlines the Commissioner’s work so far to achieve her objectives as outlined in the Strategic Plan 2019-2021, within the four priority areas of:

  • improving victim care and support
  • supporting law enforcement and prosecutions
  • focusing on prevention and
  • getting value from research and innovation.

Dame Sara Thornton, said 'More victims of modern slavery are being identified and protected but there are still too many weaknesses in the systems. In particular, we need to do more to ensure that those who have suffered from the most egregious criminal acts are supported to become survivors leading lives of sustainable independence. Ever-longer delays in decision-making within the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) must be addressed and I hope the new NRM ensures a more needs-based, end-to-end system of support. Timely, quality decision-making must be a fundamental aspect of this.'

The report will be available on the Commissioner's website once it has been laid in Parliament by the Secretary of State (Home Secretary) in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015).

Click here for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner website.