HTF Advisory Forum Newsletter 28th July

 

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY IN THE ANTI-TRAFFICKING SECTOR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BASNET

Thank you to everyone who attended the joint HTF/BASNET forum on equality and diversity on 23rd July. Over 200 people attended and we heard a range of excellent speakers discuss different issues in their field and what needs to change. This meeting is the beginning of a process, and we will be in touch soon with next steps and meeting outcomes.

If you were not able to attend the meeting, please contact us to be sent a recording.

 

Save the date: Brexit forum – 20th August 2-3.30pm

Please save the date to join us on 20th August to consider the potential impact of Brexit and the Immigration Bill on the picture of modern slavery in the UK and on the experiences of survivors. Sign-up details and an agenda will be shared soon.

 

APPG survey: Modern slavery in the fashion industry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion is currently working on a policy paper entitled ‘Cleaning Up Fashion: Accelerating Sustainability and Supply Chain Transparency in the Fashion Industry’. Please complete this short survey to share your views on creating transparent and ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.

Event: Cutting across County Lines

This free workshop from the University of Westminster aims to understand and tackle County Lines, bringing together survivors and their families with other important stakeholders. Tuesday 20th October, 10am-4.30pm. Register here.

 

Clewer Initiative new app to tackle modern slavery in rural areas

The Farm Work Welfare App (FWWA) is a new tool to help rural employers tackle labour abuse and modern slavery in the farming, horticulture and food production sector. It will provide farmers and growers with guidance to help them strengthen their recruitment processes and prevent labour abuse and exploitation within their operations. It offers practical information and signposting, and helps workers to understand their rights. Details here.

 

WEBINAR – HOW ANTI-TRAFFICKING FUNDERS CAN PROMOTE SURVIVOR LEADERSHIP

As a sector, we all have our part to play in creating an environment that puts survivor voice at the centre. Featuring perspectives from a range of donors – both survivors and allies – this webinar will explore ways that funders can help advance survivor leadership and shift power in tangible ways across the global anti-slavery movement. 5-6pm, 5 August 2020. Register here to attend.

 

 

Supporting staff wellbeing during coronavirus

This blog post from NCVO includes practical tips and signposts resources from the charity sector for supporting employees during this time.

 

Report: Hear us – The experiences of refugee and asylum-seeking women during the pandemic

The Sisters Not Strangers coalition surveyed 115 refugee and asylum-seeking women about how they have survived during the pandemic. It found that women who were already living in poverty before the outbreak had been made even more vulnerable to hunger and ill health.The organisations who produced the report had all supported women trapped in abusive or exploitative situations during the pandemic, including women forced to do unpaid work for shelter and women living with violent partners. Read here.

 

Modern Slavery Multi-Agency Case Conferences at The Passage, evaluation Report from November 2018 to December 2019

The Passage has established a Multi-Agency Case Conference (MACC) approach to safeguarding potential victims of modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation who are homeless, including people with no recourse to public funds. The project explores help available to people at risk of (re)trafficking and (re)exploitation and tests the efficiency of the MACC approach as well as possible replication in other boroughs. Read here.

 

Report: Hestia – Underground Lives

The sixth publication in the Underground Lives series explores police response to victims of criminal exploitation, strategies used by criminal gangs to recruit victims and how to support victims through COVID-19 and beyond. View here.

 

Petition: Free Uyghurs from forced labour in China

Sign this petition from Freedom United to urge the Chinese government to end the persecution and exploitation of Uyghurs and other marginalized groups through the use of forced labour.

 

Consultation on research priorities for the Modern Slavery PEC

The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre exists to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. They are launching a consultation to inform their research priorities over the next five years and beyond. They would welcome input from a wide range of people working in the anti-slavery field, including academics, civil society, policymakers, lawmakers, businesses, frontline activists and – most importantly – survivors. Contribute here.

 

Survivor Alliance – Fellowship Opportunity for survivors in London

On 1st of August, two part-time positions (Strategic Partnership and Program Assistant) at Freedom Fund (20 hrs/week) will be opened specifically for people with lived experience of slavery and human trafficking, with mentoring and support from Survivor Alliance. (Participants must hold the right to work in the UK.) Register here for the information session at 1pm 5th August.

 

Vacancy: Outreach Advocate at Hestia

This is a full-time role that involves providing legal and housing advice to survivors of trafficking in order to keep them and their children safe. This role is for someone who has a passion to learn how the law can be used to improve the lives of those who suffered the trauma of trafficking. Details here.

 

Vacancy: Resource and Support Coordinator

Survivor Alliance is hiring a Resource and Support Coordinator (part-time, fixed-term). Details here.

 

Anti-Trafficking Covid-19 Google group

HTF’s email platform to support the anti-trafficking sector’s response to Covid-19 provides a shared forum to ask questions and share examples of best practice, resources, updates, etc. with one another.
To access the platform, please subscribe by entering your email address using the following link: 
https://groups.google.com/a/humantraffickingfoundation.org/group/covid-19/subscribe  

 

Victim Support MSSIG Information-Gathering 

The MSSIG (Modern Slavery Strategy Implementation Group) Victim Support sub-group have been submitting questions to the Modern Slavery Unit (MSU) in the Home Office to support their understanding of the impact of the pandemic on survivors and support providers.

The MSU policy team has been reviewing the questions and where possible has been sharing responses in their newsletter. Questions submitted and any answers provided have been recorded on two documents found here.

Please contact [email protected] and/or [email protected] if you would like to raise any additional questions for the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit to consider.

 

Survivor Support Emergency Fund

The Human Trafficking Foundation established the fund with a grant from the Vandervell Foundation. We supplement this with funding from other supporters.

The fund is available to help survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery with small one-off grants to meet their immediate needs when no other sources of funding are available. Further information including how to apply is available on our website.

 

HTF: Mapping Survivor Support Services

Our map of UK survivor support services aims to be a useful tool for people working with survivors to see what services are available in their area. View the map here.

If your organisation provides support of any kind to survivors of trafficking and would like to be added to the map, please complete the surveys which relate to your organisation’s work: Accommodation, Post-Identification Casework, Outreach Support and/or Individual Advocacy, Drop-in Services, Legal Advice – Legal Aid, Legal Advice – Non-Legal Aid, Specialist Psychological or Therapeutic Support, and Vocational Training or Education.

Please email [email protected] for further information.

 

London Modern Slavery SPOC Directory 2019-2020

The Human Trafficking Foundation has been working with local authorities in the Greater London area to support the development of their response to modern slavery and human trafficking.

As part of this, we produce an annual directory of modern slavery Single Points of Contact/Champions in statutory authorities across London including representatives within the NHS, police and local authorities. The updated 2019-2020 directory is now available. Please contact rachel@humantraffickingfoundation.org to request a copy of the directory.