Our Team

HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Julia de Boinville at the United Nations

Our Story

EUGENIE AND JULES ARE BEST FRIENDS AND CHANGE-HUNGRY ABOLITIONISTS

We met on the bus on our way to a school trip and knew at once that this was just the beginning of a life-long friendship and adventure!

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. Here, we visited an organisation called Women’s Interlink Foundation and first became aware of modern slavery. Aloka Mitra , the founder of Women’s Interlink, rescues girls from modern slavery, gives them a home and teaches them a simple vocational skill – fabric printing.  

We 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 NGOs, social workers and survivors. We asked everyone we encountered, ‘what can two young girls like us do to help?’ Without fail, the answer was always raise awareness. So this became our mission. 

In 2017, we proudly launched The Anti-Slavery Collective.


HRH Princess Eugenie of York

CO-FOUNDER

HRH Princess Eugenie of York has been working against modern slavery since 2012. Alongside her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, she helped set up Key To Freedom, a social enterprise initiative that supports and facilitates a route to market for products made by the survivors of trafficking at the Women’s Interlink Foundation. 

Princess Eugenie has worked across the board with leaders in the fight against modern slavery: she has visited survivors with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Salvation Army; she has spoken with world leaders at Nexus Global Summit and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Alliance, and she is a Patron of Anti-Slavery International.


Julia de Boinville

CO-FOUNDER

Julia has been working in this field since her visit to Women’s Interlink Foundation in 2012. Once exposed to the shocking and hard truths of human trafficking, she made it her mission to investigate further.

Julia has since worked with organisations such as the McCain Institute, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, and the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She has spent time with victims, charities, law enforcement agencies, policy makers and business leaders to help identify where she could make a difference and take action to fight this organised crime.


With Support From

Ross Warren

ADVISOR

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

ADVISOR

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.


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