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Turning the tide: Breaking the cycle of overfishing and labour abuses

July 8, 2021

This second event in our series exploring the nexus between modern slavery and environmental destruction will put a spotlight on labour abuses in the fishing industry and its intersection with environmental degradation.

While there have been many positive advancements in this area, the vicious cycle of marine biodiversity degradation and human rights abuses persists. We ask: what could be done to unlock greater, faster progress, and increase better collaboration among stakeholders? What practical actions do we urgently need to better conserve marine populations worldwide and alleviate the plight of the many thousands of enslaved modern workers living in often brutal conditions? And what would advocating a movement toward policies that address social and ecological problems jointly involve?

Join us as a panel of experts will unpick the humanitarian and environmental ramifications of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, propose practical solutions to foster radical, sustainable progress and highlight the crucial role of collaborative philanthropy in the environmental and labour rights spaces to address growing complex global needs.

  • Jessica Sparks, Rights Lab Associate Director (Ecosystems & the Environment) & Assistant Professor of Anti-Slavery Ecosystems – Nottingham University
  • Roisai Wongsuban, Program Advisor – The Freedom Fund
  • Jacques-Chai Chomthongdi, Policy & Campaigns Coordinator, Oxfam Thailand/Thailand Coalition for Sustainable and Ethical Seafood
  • Ame Sagiv, Director, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking – Humanity United
  • Bradley Soule, Director of Intelligence, Oceanmind


  • Maggie Gardner, Managing Director, Development and Partnerships – The Freedom Fund

Click here to view the recording of this webinar.


Photo credit: DM for HRW

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The Freedom Fund