I don't think you're going to be able to search for a slash. This page doesn't include the slash as one of the special characters. I believe the standard Lucene indexer, which that page says JIRA uses, splits words based on punctuation. It treats the slash as punctuation and not searchable.
I've looked at both pages:
https://confluence.atlassian.com/jirasoftwarecloud/advanced-searching-764478330.html "Advanced searching"
https://confluence.atlassian.com/jirasoftwarecloud/search-syntax-for-text-fields-764478343.html "Search syntax for text fields"
Q: How are you escaping it?
A: Any way I can try I think I've tried all combinations of single/double quote, single/double backslash, Unicode escape notation, etc.
I think you're right. While the slash is listed as a Reserved Character on the "Advanced searching" page, it is not listed as a Special Character on the "Search syntax for text fields" page. Your reference
https://confluence.atlassian.com/jira/performing-text-searches-185729616.html "Performing Text Searches"
http://lucene.apache.org/core/3_3_0/queryparsersyntax.html "Apache Lucene - Query Parser Syntax"
which, like the JIRA doc, lists the same reserved characters (which doesn't include slash).
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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