Marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022
is a unique exhibition, educational interaction, and event in London

As a follow-up to our 2021 World Day initiative in Vienna initiative in Vienna, the International Forum for Understanding is once again
showcasing people with lived experience in trafficking and modern slavery along with others making positive impact

By emphasizing the voices of individuals with lived experience, we aim to:

  • amplify their important messages
  • showcase their multidimensionality
  • destigmatize the discussion around lived experience in human trafficking and modern slavery
  • engage and empower others facing related challenges
  • depict human trafficking and modern slavery in a variety of situational and societal contexts
  • create more effective solutions for dealing with trafficking, modern slavery and their aftermath


Meet the presenters, artists, and organisers

Kendall Alaimo

Rania Ali

Layla Barakeh

Nour Barakeh

Mădălina Bot

Dr. Suad Mohamed

Malaika Oringo

Jihyun Park

Aigerim Seitenova

Ishaan Shah

Les Simm

Heather Wokusch

Dr. Hyab Yohannes

Laurent Ziegler


Please note that while all of these activities are free of charge, space is limited.
Register in advance by sending a request to: events(at)

July 29th, 9am-5pm

We are proud to showcase this work of Laurent Zeigler:

Die Erinnerung an meine Kindheit  Memories from my childhood
Paintings, Drawings, Text and Photography

I extract my feelings and words from my absolute night. Clarice Lispector

»Die Erinnerung an meine Kindheit« is a story about transformation and healing, the artist’s very personal journey to his own heart and to a self worthy of love and life.

The exhibition and the same titled print publication provide an insight into the autobiographical analysis of traumatic experiences of childhood abuse. It was only decades later, while experiencing growing signs of depression and isolation, that Laurent Ziegler was able to engage with the painful recollection of these events. Through daily therapeutic practices, the artist captured memories in paintings, drawings, text and photography in order to give the unspeakable a name and a form.

Laurent Ziegler’s biography is not an isolated case. As their lone companion, shame separates the victim from a good, self-determined life, even after years of suffering. »Die Erinnerung an meine Kindheit« shows the level of suffering through abuse and especially ritual abuse in our society. The artist hopes for a collective silence to become an open dialogue. To be seen is what is needed the most.


July 28th, 9am-5pm

In the spirit of SDG 4 (“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”) we have created a pop-up Interactive Installation for students. In two-hour segments, they will be able to visit the art exhibition while learning more about human trafficking and modern slavery. Each group of 25 students has access to:

Art Exhibition

Die Erinnerung an meine Kindheit  Memories from my childhood

The artist, Laurent Ziegler, will be on site.


Welcome by
Les Simm, Executive Director, the International Forum for Understanding

Presentations by (alphabetical)

Kendall Alaimo: Artist, speaker, and educator with lived experience in human trafficking. Member of the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC) of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Founder of the Red Seat Foundation.

Ishaan Shah: 19-year-old international anti-human trafficking, gender equality and climate action leader. In 2017, he founded Stolen Dreams, a youth-led organisation working with global stakeholders to drive concrete actions around countering trafficking in persons through education, advocacy, and policy.

Heather Wokusch: Executive Director of MESPERO: Impact for Resilience, which aims to close treatment gaps, increase mental-health literacy, reduce stigmatization and mitigate trauma in humanitarian settings

Dr. Hyab Yohannes: Academic Coordinator of the CUSP N+ program at the University of Glasgow and researcher interested in theorising the challenges forced migrants face and the biopolitical b/ordering that led to their challenges and contributing towards a positive change. Member of ISTAC and ODIHR.


Students will have the opportunity to meet the artist and speakers in an informal setting.

July 29th, 5-7pm

Welcome Youth Ambassadors


Malaika Oringo, CEO of Footprint to Freedom

* More Messages to be announced soon

Presenters (alphabetically):

Kendall Alaimo, ‘Educate to Liberate’
(SDG 4)

Rania Ali ‘Facing the Ghosts of Our Past’
(SDG 5)

Jihyun Park, topic TBD

Ishaan Shah, ‘Recognising Intersectionalities and Raising Awareness’
(SDG 17)

Heather Wokusch, ‘Becoming Trauma-Informed about Human Trafficking’
(SDG 3)

Dr. Hyab Yohannes, ‘Forced Migration and Biopolitical b/ordering’
(SDG 16)

Laurent Ziegler

* More presenters to be announced soon


Les Simm, Executive Director, International Forum for Understanding




The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals specifically mention human trafficking in the targets of three Goals: 5, 8, and 16

  • Target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
  • Target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

In the same way that the SDGs were designed to be intersectional and holistic, this event and exhibition take a collaborative approach to reaching the Targets.


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