Galvanizing Cooperation Among Democracies to End Forced Labor

7 December 2021  11:00 - 12:30

Virtual Event | Organised by The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and Humanity United | Held in United States in English
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Eliminating forced labor in global supply chains

The right to fundamental freedoms, justice and dignity is at the very core of democracy. The perpetuation of slavery, through forced labor, child labor, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, of nearly 25 million people is an affront to democratic values. Join the McCain Institute, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and Humanity United for a 90-minute conversation with civil society and government leaders from democracies taking steps to eliminate forced labor from their countries and global supply chains.

The Summit for Democracy presents a critical opportunity to expand commitments among democratic nations to address forced labor, and to demonstrate both adherence to core values and effective action to protect and enforce those norms. It is time to translate positive language and non-binding commitments into real action.


  • Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative
  • Secretary Martin Walsh, U.S. Department of Labor
  • James Kofi Annan, Founder and President, Challenging Heights
  • Heidi Hautula, Member, European Parliament
  • Pamela Mar, Executive Vice President, Fung Academy
  • Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne, Senate of Canada
  • Leonardo Sakamoto, President, Repórter Brasil
  • Ambassador Josette Sheeran, Executive Chairman, McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
  • Philippe Sion, Managing Director, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Humanity United
  • Alex Thier, CEO, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery