Category My opeds

Carrying bricks, picking potatoes: all in a day’s work for Syrian children in Lebanon

Oped in The Guardian, 2 February 2016. I met six-year-old Mustafa in the safe zone of one of the many tented settlements for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. These areas offer schooling, including art and music classes, for Syrian children. They provide a respite from the brutal realities of life as a refugee, which […]

Modern-day slaves are suing the traffickers

Oped with Martina Vandenberg on CNN website on 8 January 2016. “The dirty secret of today’s human trafficking is that almost no one is held accountable. Modern-day slavery, particularly in the transnational supply chains of major international corporations, is too often a risk-free proposition… A network of private lawyers, many working pro bono, has grown […]

How the Security Council Can Fight Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Oped by Nick Grono and James Cockayne in Huffington Post.   14 December 2015.  Link here. Photo credit: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images This Wednesday, the UN Security Council will for the first time ever discuss human trafficking in conflict situations. This is a very welcome development, because, while slavery is illegal everywhere, several armed groups […]

How Can We End Modern Slavery by 2030?

Oped by Nick Grono and James Cockayne in Huffington Post.   2 December 2015. Link here. Photo credit: Hussein Malla/AP/Corbis On 2 December, the world marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. That might suggest that slavery is a thing of the past – but tragically, it is not. Slavery still thrives around […]

Perpetrators of Modern Slavery are Devastating Our Environment Too

Oped by Nick Grono in the Guardian.   13 November 2015. Criminal gangs who employ slave labour are often involved in deforestation or pollution. Fighting slavery will also protect our natural resources. In many poor countries, environmental destruction is the tipping point that pushes vulnerable families into slavery. Unseasonal droughts, encroaching deserts, extreme flooding, the […]

Traumatized and vulnerable, slavery survivors live with mental health issues

Oped in CNN International. (CNN) Try and imagine, if you can, an existence where every important decision in your life is controlled by someone else. An existence where the only concern of the person exploiting you is to make as much profit as possible from your labor or your body. An existence where you and your […]

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What’s the Impact?

Oped in Huffington Post on 12 August 2015. Impact measurement is at the top of the agenda right across the philanthropic sector. Every organisation wants to be able to measure its impact, both because that’s the only way to truly learn, and because a new breed of business-minded donors are asking hard questions about what […]