Aidan McQuade has been Director of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest international human rights organisation, since 2006. Dr. McQuade’s experience is steeped in humanitarian response, development and human rights. During his tenure at Anti Slavery International, notable achievements have included: the introduction of a new statute to British law proscribing forced labour and changing British common law to protect the rights of victims of trafficking; working with the British Government to instate a special UN rapporteur on slavery; working with partners to establish new international laws on forced labour; and the exposure of slavery in the manufacture of garments for Western high street brands. Anti Slavery International played a leading role in the inclusion of victim protection and supply chain transparency measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015).
Dr. McQuade is frequent contributor to international newspapers and journals on issues relating to slavery and human rights. He serves on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative and for the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief (REDR). He is also a patron of Dalit Solidarity Network UK.