Home Office appoints first independent anti-slavery commissioner

Kevin Hyland was appointed as the UK’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner by Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday. 


By Sarah.Aston

14 Nov 2014

In his role as commissioner, Hyland will spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery and will work closely with law enforcement agencies, local authorities and third sector organisations.

“The independent anti-slavery commissioner will play a crucial role in driving improvements in the law enforcement response to modern slavery and the protection of victims,” May said.

She continued: “I am grateful for Kevin Hyland for undertaking this challenging and exciting work and know that he will make a real difference.”

The creation of the independent commissioner is one of the main provisions of the government’s Modern Slavery Bill, which is expected to achieve royal assent next year.

Hyland, the former head of the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, will act as designate commissioner until the Bill achieves Assent.

Hyland said: “I have seen first-hand how modern slavery can devastate lives and rid people of their dignity and humanity.

“I am proud to take up this position to work in the interests of these brave victims and to prevent more people becoming victims in the first place.”

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