The Home Office has announced that the current Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Sara Thornton, will become the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Home Secretary Sajid Javid made the final decision to select Thornton for the role which was created as part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is expected to improve the identification of instances of modern slavery and ensure high levels of protection and support for victims, as well as driving the prevention of future offences. In her new role, Thornton will also communicate with the private sector to help eliminate forms of slavery across supply chains.
Thornton said, “The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner was created to spearhead the UK’s fight against human trafficking and modern slavery and has a key role in preventing these vile crimes and supporting victims. I am looking forward to bringing my long experience as a chief constable and in national policing to bear in this important role.”
Source: Home Office: New Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner announced, 22 February 2019.