To push the United Kingdom to implement the recommendations laid out in the Independent Review of the Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) Visa, including abolishing the system of tying a ODWs visa to their employer, which leaves them vulnerable to domestic slavery.
In April 2012, the UK government introduced a tied visa regime, which prevented Overseas Domestic Workers from changing employers, thus leaving them vulnerable to the risk of remaining trapped in modern slavery. Following an event at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by Fiona MacTaggert MP, that discussed the plight of migrant workers in the UK, we launched a campaign in partnership with Justice for Domestic Workers and Kalayaan.
An online petition gathered 62,288 signatures, a social media campaign targeted MPs in collaboration with Anti-Slavery International, and several public protests were held outside the Houses of Parliament.
The UK government agreed to end the employer tied visa system for overseas domestic workers, allowing ODWs to change employers and helping to reduce their vulnerability to exploitation. The government, however, did not agree to implement all the recommendations in the Review that would give domestic workers the best protection possible from slavery.