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What's on at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: Alan Rusbridger joins the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism as new Chairman; we count down to our regional anti-trafficking event, Trust Forum Asia; we engage the Indian media on effective strategies to report slavery; and we open the call for entries for the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistancemedia development and trainingcoverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and Trust Women.

Rusbridger to chair Reuters Institute

Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, has been appointed Chair of the Steering Committee at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford (RISJ). Rusbridger succeeds Tim Gardam, Principal of St Anne’s College, who chaired the Institute Steering Committee during its first decade, building on the strength of the renowned Reuters Journalist Fellowship programme to transform the organisation into the world’s leading research centre on the media industry. Gardam will formally step down in September to become Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. 

Countdown to Trust Forum Asia

On April 28 we’ll be hosting our second Trust Forum Asia conference in Singapore. Building on the strengths of Trust Women, the world’s leading anti-trafficking forum, the event will bring together more than 200 business and thought leaders, together with human rights advocates and legal experts to explore real solutions to human trafficking and modern-day slavery across the region. Kevin Hyland, the United Kingdom’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and Andrew Goledzinowski, Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, will provide keynote remarks. Register here to attend the event.

Awarding Courage and Innovation

This month we launched the Stop Slavery Award. The high-profile initiative aims to create a virtuous cycle rewarding businesses that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labour. Watch Monique Villa discussing the Award on CNN and the highlights from the launch event. The first Stop Slavery Award will be conferred on November 30 at the Trust Women conference in the form of an artwork by Anish Kapoor. Get your company involved.

Fighting slavery with journalism

Slavery and human trafficking are hard topics to report. Journalists investigating this crime have to navigate complex issues ranging from privacy laws to defamation. Our media development team provides reporters around the world with the right tools to report human trafficking and modern-day slavery. This month, we trained journalists in Mumbai. The intensive five-day training course tackled misconceptions about a scourge affecting some 14 million people in India alone. As part of the training, we also hosted a high-level panel discussion highlighting the role consumers can play in the fight against forced labour.

Nadia Murad among Time's most influential

Last month we told you the story of Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi girl who managed to escape the brutality of ISIS. With our support, in December 2015, Nadia shared her story before the UN Security Council. Since then, she has been travelling the world appealing for help for the Yazidi community. Now, Time Magazine has ranked Nadia among its 100 Most Influential People list recognising her courage and her determination to fight for justice. Congratulations Nadia for this prestigious accolade.

Mapping Pro Bono around the world

Did you know that in 2014 lawyers donated more than 2 million hours of free legal support? This is just one of many fascinating aspects captured by our TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono, the world’s leading survey on pro bono legal assistance. The findings for 2015 will be published on July 18, providing fresh insights into key national, regional and global trends. Data submissions are now open for the survey. Click here to participate.

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