EUGENIE AND JULES ARE BEST FRIENDS AND HAVE BEEN FOR 13 YEARS
We met on the bus going on a school trip and we knew that this was just the beginning of a life-long adventure and friendship!
After following each other around the world, then to Newcastle University, and into our careers; in 2012 we went on a trip to Kolkata, India where we visited an organisation called The Women’s Interlink Foundation which was founded by Aloka Mitra.
Aloka rescues girls from modern slavery, gives them a home and teaches them a simple vocational skill – fabric printing.
The Duke and Duchess of York had previously been to see this organisation in 2011 and set up ‘Key to Freedom’ a social enterprise business selling their merchandise through Topshop. The project gives these incredible women and girls a regular income and sense of regained independence.
On a quest to learn more, first hand, we set off for Kolkatta and were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists. In fact, there are more enslaved people today than at any other point in history, and at any one time someone is being trafficked within a mile of where you live. We often associate slavery with chains and shackles, but modern slavery is a hidden crime that is often hard to detect.
We spent the next 5 years educating ourselves. We became obsessive investigators and would visit anyone who could help us expand our knowledge; from policy makers, law enforcement agencies and academics, to NGO’s, social workers and survivors. Everyone we encountered we asked ‘what can two young girls like us do to help?’ Without fail, the answer was always RAISE AWARENESS.
So this became our mission.
We are proud to launch The Anti-Slavery Collective.
HRH Princess Eugenie of York
HRH Princess Eugenie of York has been developing her knowledge in the field of modern day slavery since 2012. Alongside her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, she helped set up Key To Freedom, a social enterprise initiative that gives victims of human trafficking a vocational skill, a regular income, and – with that – their regained independence.
She has experience working with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and has supported charities including The Salvation Army, and The Thompson Reuters Foundation.
In 2017 she launched The Anti-Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville.
Julia de Boinville
Julia has been working to deepen her understanding of modern day slavery since 2012. It began when she visited The Women’s Interlink Foundation in Kolkata, a home that takes care of victims of human trafficking. Once exposed to the shocking and hard truths of human trafficking that are still prevalent in our modern day, she made it her mission to investigate further.
Julia has since worked with organisations such as the McCain Institute and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, and has spent time with victims, charities, law enforcement agencies and policy makers to help identify where she could make a difference, and take action to fight this organised crime.
In 2017 she launched The Anti-Slavery Collective with HRH Princess Eugenie of York.
With Support From
Ross joined Google in 2010 and shortly after partnered with the Google Ideas team on the Summit Against Violent Extremism, sparking his interest in tech-led social good movements. He is focused on leveraging technology and social media to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.
Caroline Haughey, QC
Caroline was instructed to prosecute the first case of Modern Slavery in Britain. She was subsequently involved in advising the all parliamentary group on a proposed Modern Slavery Act, gave evidence before the committee and was involved in drafting what is the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has subsequently prosecuted the first sex trafficking, child sex trafficking and child labor exploitation cases under the new Act and sits on the Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Task Force. She is author of Modern Slavery Act Review 2016 and is joint legal advisor on the current Modern Slavery Act Review.