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Letters to BTS

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery seeks more than anything to start a conversation with scholars, activists, and practitioners around our work. We have openly stated our dissenting position within the dominant media landscape, as well as our twin goals of inserting structural critique where previously there had been too little, and challenging the mis-information disseminated by economically and socially powerful actors seeking to maintain the status quo. The authors and articles we publish thus present strong, often unapologetic critiques of many aspects of the trafficking and slavery fields. At times they inspire impassioned responses. Most of the replies we receive are readily available in the comments section at the end of every article, but occasionally a reader takes the time to send us a more lengthly and thoughtful response. We welcome this, and have created this letters page to give that feedback a home.

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Public Statement in Support of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

In the face of rising racism, scholars, activists and civil society organisations express their support for the UN Working Group on People of African Descent, and call on the UN to heed the call for reparatory justice. Français, Español

Au Conseil des Droits de l'Homme, au Haut-Commissaire aux Droits de l'Homme et à l'Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies

Face au racisme mondial, un group d'experts et d'activistes expriment leur soutien au Group de travail des esperts Nations Unies sur la situation des personnes d'ascendance africaine. English, Español

Letters to BTS: anti-trafficking prosecutions and expenditures

Does prosecuting trafficking deflect attention from much more important responses to exploitation? And is it just a waste of time and money? Two scholars write with their views.

Letter to BTS: Biram Dah Abeid’s anti-slavery activism is better than Beyond Slavery thinks

Mauritania’s anti-slavery movement is everything BTS implies it's not: ethnically diverse, grassroots, and historically aware. Those who suffer extreme oppression need the power academics can mobilise, not poorly-conceived criticism.

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