- On September 1, 2017
Ending impunity, securing justice: Using strategic litigation to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking
Across the globe, stories of human trafficking and modern-day slavery dominate headlines and provoke community outrage.
But how can outrage be turned into action? How can we break the scandalous trade in human lives? How can we put an end to modern-day slavery?
In recent years, strategic litigation has been used to hold both states and private actors accountable for these gross violations of human rights. It is one of the most promising mechanisms—if not the most promising method—to secure justice for victims, punish perpetrators and drive lasting reform.
In May 2015, the Freedom Fund and the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center brought together leading human rights lawyers, advocates, and litigators from around the world to consider how to use strategic litigation to combat trafficking and modern-day slavery.
This conference report shares key issues discussed at the meeting, including lessons learned from successful litigation. It also highlights a number of persistent gaps that must be bridged in order to identify, prepare, and successfully prosecute cases that can lead to systemic change.
Strategic litigation is not just the domain of human rights lawyers and civil litigators. It is founded on close partnerships with all those committed to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery: investigative journalists, human rights researchers, academics, and grassroots non-governmental organizations, to name just a few.
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