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FNI and UFMG to collaborate with the United Nations on issues of Slave Labor and Human Trafficking

In a joint effort to respond to the call from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, the Facts and Norms Institute (FNI) recently held a productive meeting with the UFMG Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic on 28 February 2023.

The research team brought together esteemed professionals from both organizations. Representing FNI were Professor Henrique Napoleão Alves, and researchers Júlia Oliveira Muinhos de Paula and Gabriela Cavalieri Maia. From the UFMG Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic, Professor Lívia Mendes Moreira Miraglia and researchers Jonas Ferraz Rodrigues and Roberta Puccini Araújo contributed their expertise.

The primary objective of the collaboration is to offer comprehensive answers, rooted in data from Brazil, to a questionnaire designed by the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery.

This effort is part of a broader mission. The UN Special Rapporteur is preparing a report to the General Assembly about new technologies and contemporary forms of slavery. To ensure the report is thorough and informed, a call for inputs was announced on 14 February 2023, urging stakeholders to contribute by answering the predefined questionnaire.

The questionnaire seeks evidence of modern technology being used to recruit and subject people to forms of slavery in different countries. It delves into the specifics, such as which technology is being utilized, the profiles of victims and exploiters, and the types of exploitation manifested.

Furthermore, it probes into examples of measures taken by governments and tech companies to counteract the misuse of technology in this dire context.

The questionnaire also examines the steps tech firms have taken to champion victim protection, justice, and remedies. Equally important, the questionnaire evaluates the positive strides made by civil society organizations and other stakeholders to counteract technological facilitation of slavery. Lastly, it aims to identify challenges faced in preventing technology's misuse for slavery, seeks recommendations to counter these issues, and evaluates the ways modern tech tools are being employed to prevent forms of slavery.

This combined endeavor by FNI and the UFMG Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic is a testament to a profound commitment to eradicate modern slavery and exploitation. Both institutes are open to further collaboration and insights from experts and stakeholders, aiming to provide the most comprehensive answers to the UN's questionnaire and further the cause of a world devoid of slavery.


About the Facts and Norms Institute:

The Facts and Norms Institute (FNI) is an independent academic institution based in the Global South, with members present on all continents. The Institute’s mission is straightforward: to promote a rational, human rights-based approach to social issues.

FNI is a frequent contributor to the work of the United Nations, with more than 20 technical notes and reports submitted to the UN Special Procedures in recent years.

About the UFMG Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic:

The Federal University of Minas Gerais ("Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais", or "UFMG") is one of the largest universities in the world, with almost 50,000 students.

The UFMG Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic is a project from the UFMG School of Law. The Clinic is part of Clinnect HTS, an international network of clinics which are dedicated to the study of, and the struggle against, human trafficking and slave labor.

The Clinic’s activities encompass, among others: i) training students in both the theory and practice of slavery and human trafficking; ii) performing legal aid and assistance to the victims and their families; iii) ´promoting education and awareness about human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery.


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