Systemic Change underpins all that we do. We seek out opportunities to leverage our own operational expertise, research and policy focus to drive systemic change within the settings in which we operate.

The International Systemic Change Unit (ISCU), has been created to extend this reach – with the core mission to collaborate with key international stakeholders to ensure these learnings, together with the best available evidence, informs International policy and practice in the fight against slavery.

We recognise the inherent complexity of slavery – and intentionally draw on lessons from our frontline work, the work of our Network and other experienced practitioners, identifying and synthesising existing evidence within the sector, and generating original research to fill identified gaps in knowledge.

We also know that we cannot affect significant and lasting change alone – instead, we collaborate with sectoral specialists and respected stakeholders, to develop a deeper understanding of the systems and conditions that facilitate slavery, and to influence conversations, resourcing and decision-making that drive systemic change at the highest level. We are collaborating on two significant projects:

1. Global Prosecutors’ Consortium

In collaboration with the McCain Institute – we launched a Global Prosecutors’ Consortium that brings together leading human trafficking prosecutors from around the world to consider how we ensure those responsible for human trafficking are brought to justice. The Consortium gathers quarterly to look at barriers to successful prosecutions, highlight best practices, make recommendations for change and create a vibrant global practitioners’ network of experienced human trafficking prosecutors, aiding in important cross-border work.

“An international collaboration of the key figures in successful trafficking and exploitation prosecutions will help justice sector stakeholders and other policymakers move forward with greater knowledge and tools to ensure perpetrators of this heinous offence are brought to justice.” – Caroline Haughey, OBE QC

2. Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines

We are undertaking research in collaboration with IJM, and international experts and key stakeholders into Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) in the Philippines. This study will help improve the understanding of this growing issue and critically provide practical solutions to help inform operational practice and policymaking in this area.

Issue Briefs

The ISCU has started developing Issue Briefs that review evidence in different areas and share synthesised findings and recommendations with other stakeholders – including practitioners, other researchers and policymakers.

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