"I was out of education for nearly 3 years and could not access any education. The STAR programme was a very good opportunity. It provided me with a laptop and data, which was very helpful because at the time I did not have a laptop or enough data on my phone to attend the online training. I did not have any knowledge before on how to write a CV before, I learned how to do it and also how to search online for a job or by using social media."

2020 participant to STAR training programme


To mark Anti-Slavery Day 2022, IOM UK hosted an online panel discussion on how digital inclusion can help people with lived experience of #modernslavery and support them towards independent living, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre. 


  • Christa Rottensteiner,Chief of Mission, IOM UK
  • Simeon Yates, Professor of Digital Culture, University of Liverpool
  • Catherine Cullen, Protection Project Officer, IOM UK
  • Liz Williams, Policy Impact Manager, Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre

Click here for the speakers' presentations

Additional Resources:

  • Skill Training and Reintegration (STAR) project, information and final report 
  • NRM Data Analysis Briefs
  • Impact of providing technology to survivors of modern slavery in the UK, research project led by University of Liverpool in collaboration with IOM UK and the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance, with funding from Modern Slavery PEC, evaluating the impact of providing digital technologies to survivors of modern slavery in the UK. 


For more information on this topic and IOM UK's work to support people with lived experience of modern slavery contact: