Have you considered the foundations of your understanding of modern slavery?
How much is based upon survivor-expertise?
What could the perspectives of contemporary survivors add to your research?
Are your research conclusions reflected in the real-life experiences of survivors?
These questions, and many more, can now be answered with reference to over 700 contemporary survivor narratives in the new VOICES database launched by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab. This database is an incredibly valuable research for early career researchers working on slavery and human trafficking.
This is the world’s largest archive of modern slavery survivor narratives, offering opportunities to analyse existing assumptions and knowledge, and to systematically design new antislavery strategies and reccommendations based on the experiences, ideas, and solutions of survivors themselves. The narratives vary in length and touch on various forms of exploitation from all over the world. NGOs, charities, and allies are encouraged to read, reflect, and respond to survivor testimony and remind themselves they should do what is necessary to change their strategies, initiatives and vision to incorporate, as well as nurture, survivor leaders in communities around the world.
The database is searchable by country, name, themes (domestic slavery or forced marriage for instance), and the date the narrative was recorded. Narratives can be viewed either in a list or map form, and under each narrative, a small introduction provides context, and is followed by the testimonial itself.