Since 2000, founders Tamme de Leur and Oscar Pathuis have been involved in various ways in the fight against MSHT (Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking).
Throughout the years, they expanded their expertise, and they created a vast network of professionals. Along the way, they discovered an enormous lack of knowledge about modern slavery in all fields, from law enforcement to social work and NGOs.
Inspired by their regular meetings with the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, Tamme decided to get a master’s degree in Modern Slavery at Nottingham University. They started multi- disciplinary courses on fighting human trafficking.
Their educational institute now offers 15 EC minor courses for universities, multi-disciplinary post-grad courses, and advanced specialised courses for professionals.
With their foundation SVIAM they also operate regionally, connecting relevant stakeholders like police officers and social workers, helping them collaborate efficiently.
To date 900 bachelor students have been trained on modern slavery, and more than 200 professionals followed the post-grad course Combatting Modern Slavery. This course facilitates professionals who are actively working in the fields of victim care, government, law enforcement, business and NGOs: police officers, volunteers, nurses, bank employees, HRM managers, defence specialists and labour inspectors.
MetaStory’s strengths have always been blended e- learning; combining lectures with exclusive in-depth e-learning modules. This is a future-proof concept, regardless of Covid regulations.
The staff of MetaStory Institute are also involved in advisory work, and count among their network partners ICMPD, OSCE, the European Salvation Army, GRETA, Dutch national and regional politicians, Dutch law enforcement and the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
Founder, lecturer and international adviser on modern slavery. Work experience with ICMPD, Dutch National Police, OSCE, European Salvation Army, Organised Crime Field Lab, Dutch parliament, Wageningen University, University of Nottingham
Co-founder of MetaStory Institute, e-learning developer, video specialist with a background in journalism and public relations
Senior project leader, lecturer, former police officer and modern slavery expert with 6 years of work experience in Latvia, working with prostitutes and victims of human trafficking
Project leader, lecturer with a background in social work providing assistance to women and children who are victims of human trafficking