James Ewins



James Ewins with Martin Field of Pall-ExJames became interested in antislavery in 2007, while he was recovering from a second bout of lymphoma, for which he was treated with a high-dose of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He convinced St Mark’s Church in Battersea, to sponsor over 200 at-risk children in the developing world.

He followed this with a two-year campaign to lobby a multi-national confectionery company, urging them to take steps to ensure the fair treatment of workers, in their supply chains. James was successful. He then became director of the Bangalore office of International Justice Mission (IJM), where he coordinated operations to rescue, release and rehabilitate victims of bonded labour, in partnership with the local law enforcement.

Over 320 men, women and children were rescued from slavery by his team. Survivors, formally subjected to horrific working conditions now thrive in their lives of freedom. Following his time in India, which was cut short due to a further bout of cancer, James continued to dedicate his time to developing anti-slavery legislation and policy. He accepted the IJM invitation to have a seat on the Slavery Project, with the Centre for Social Justice. James contributed to their ground-breaking report ‘It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery’ which was published in 2013.

James was then a Special Advisor to the Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament charged with scrutinizing the Draft Modern Slavery Bill. Most recently James completed an independent review of the UK’s Domestic Workers Visa, which allows foreign visitors to bring their staff, which has been heavily criticised for preventing staff in seeking help from the UK authorities.

Nominated by Rev. Terry Tennens