HTF Online Forums

Online COVID forum: Ongoing and future challenges faced by survivors due to COVID-19

Thursday 18th March, 2-4pm

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, the Human Trafficking Foundation hosted a series of online meetings for anti-trafficking colleagues to share information about the challenges they were facing and how they were adapting their work.
One year on, we will be discussing the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on modern slavery survivors. The forum will feature emerging findings from a research project being led by the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Survivor Alliance, the Human Trafficking Foundation, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group and the International Anti-Human Trafficking Network, to understand how measures in place for victims and survivors of modern slavery are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on those survivors based in the UK and the USA.

This forum aims to be highly participatory – we want to hear from forum attendees about the ongoing challenges they face, to hear examples of good practice of how the sector has met the challenges posed by the pandemic, and discuss ways forward to address ongoing and future issues.

Please register for the event here to receive the Zoom details. An agenda will be shared nearer the time.
Online forum: Child criminal exploitation and county lines

Tuesday 23 March 2-4pm

This online forum is being co-hosted by the Human Trafficking Foundation and  SPACE. SPACE works to raise awareness of county lines-driven child criminal exploitation and improve responses for victims and families through its unique perspective of lived-experience insight, as well as law-enforcement background.

In this joint forum, they will be in conversation with leading experts on criminal exploitation and county lines – unpicking the challenges survivors and their families face and looking at what good practice should look like in the statutory response.

Speakers include Child Exploitation Activist Alan Patrick, Clinical Psychologist Dr Romana Farooq, Steve Clay, former DCI, Brett Wood, County Lines Manager at Sussex police, and youth mentor Khalid Sugulle. We will also be joined by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton and Karen Bradley MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Human Trafficking.

There will also be time to join the discussion and to ask questions.

Register for the event on Eventbrite here to receive the Zoom details