Modern Anti-Slavery and Transparent Supply Chains: Building Back Free-er After Crises

As global enterprises grapple with the impacts of the current unprecedented pandemic, the most vulnerable workers and communities in their supply chains will bear the brunt of the immediate and long-term devastating effects of COVID-19. The pandemic offers opportunities to address market failures and position freedom and workers’ rights as central to a more sustainable and resilient economy. A panel of experts will explore how business leaders and consumers can ensure that corporations “build back” ethical supply chains. The speakers will draw on lessons from their work on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the first of its kind in the country, to discuss practical strategies for rebuilding corporate supply chains rooted in transparency and accountability to ensure safe, fair, and dignified work for all in our interconnected world.

Forced Labor and Workers’ Rights with Genvieve LeBaron

“Forced Labor and Workers’ Rights,” a short film about forced labor in global supply chains. This film featuring the research of Genevieve LeBaron, co-chair of the GLC Modern Slavery Working Group.

David Blight and Jessica Pliley discuss themes in Human Trafficking and Sex Work scholarship

Prosecuting Slavery in a Time of Freedom

What does it mean to “traffic” in humans? This panel explored the problem of forced labor, sexual servitude and debt peonage in the late twentieth century, a critical turning point in the campaign against modern human trafficking. For more information about this event, visit:

Confronting Coercion: Building Worker Power in the 21st Century

This public panel features members of worker-led groups who are fighting against multiple forms of exploitation, including human trafficking and forced labor. Members of the Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee/Coalition of Immokalee Workers (Florida), the National Guestworker Alliance (New Orleans), and Unidad Latina en Acción (New Haven) presented their experiences, strategies, and goals for empowering themselves and their fellow workers in the agricultural, seafood, and service industries, all of which rely extensively on transnational labor forces. For more information about this event, visit:

Ambassador Luis C.deBaca talks about modern day slavery

Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca is an American lawyer and diplomat who served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. He is at Yale as the Robina Fellow in Modern Slavery at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center. As one of the United States’ most decorated federal prosecutors, Ambassador C.deBaca investigated and prosecuted crimes of human trafficking, immigration, hate crimes, money laundering, and official misconduct. He updated the post-Civil War statutes and the 13th Amendment to develop the “victim centered approach” to modern slavery, which has become the global standard for combating human trafficking through the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to the United Nations’ Organized Crime Convention.