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Human Trafficking Foundation: Advisory Forum Newsletter
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Advisory Forum Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the first monthly newsletter for the Human Trafficking Foundation's Advisory Forum. We hope this will be a useful resource for publicising events, projects, campaigns and job opportunities with the wider anti-trafficking sector.


If you have anything you would like to share in next month's newsletter, please contact euan@humantraffickingfoundation.org
National Referral Mechanism

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

On 10th January 2017, Kevin Hyland, the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, wrote to Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, regarding the UK's National Referral Mechanism, providing recommendations for improved identification, referral and support of victims of modern slavery.

 

The full letter can be found here.

Accommodation and Support for Victims of Modern Slavery

Housing 4 Women

RePlace project  provides second stage floating support to women who have been trafficked into the UK for exploitation. We support trafficked women following their 45 days of statutory support. We provide a specialist intensive support service to women for a time-limited period to enable them to recover from their trauma and gain the life skills needed to begin rebuilding their lives. We offer support  in a range of areas including housing ,  providing advocacy in securing accommodation for women once a leave to remain decision is received.
To discuss any aspect of the service contact the referral coordinator (Mary Keefe) at specialprojects@h4w.co.uk Or call her on 02037944796 

More information about RePlace can be found here

Restore

Restore is currently welcoming referrals for a vacancy in their 12 month supported accommodation for female survivors of modern slavery. Restore is based in Exeter, Devon, and caters for women with low-medium support needs. More information about the support provided can be found on the Restore website www.to-restore.org. Alternatively, please contact rachel.smith@to-restore.org for more information including eligibility criteria and referral forms. Leaflets for staff and survivors can be sent out on request.

Training

Kalayaan

Training: Migrant domestic workers, their rights as workers and as victims of modern slavery
Date: 9th February 2017
Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS
Date: Tuesday 9 February 2017 at 2pm (2 hours)
Cost: £60.00 per person
Full information can be found here

Research and Awareness Raising

ECPAT UK

ECPAT UK in partnership with Missing People have produced a new report: ‘Heading Back to Harm: A study of trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK’

The study found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, and 207 have not been found.  
 
The research makes recommendations for statutory agencies and calls on national and local government to reform the child protection system by immediately introducing child-specific training on trafficking, unaccompanied children and missing; urgently rolling out the national independent child trafficking advocates scheme; resourcing safe and appropriate accommodation with victim-centred safety planning; improving data recording on trafficking and missing; and implementing a coordinated national, regional and local response to this startling trend.
 
You can read the full and summary reports here 
 
If you have any questions or comments, or have opportunities for us to share the research with your networks, please contact Andrea Simon at a.simon@ecpat.org.uk

Unchosen

Unchosen are delighted to announce that we’re opening an Unchosen Online Shop as part of our website, where you’ll be able to purchase our Films Against Slavery DVDs as downloads, alongside our single films, postcards and other resources. We hope this will enable even more people to access our cutting-edge films and resources. If you know someone who needs training materials or resources, point them in the direction of www.unchosen.org.uk.

Unchosen are proud to work closely with the anti-slavery sector and we’re delighted that many organisations in the sector use our films in training and awareness-raising. If you use our films in any way, we’d be really grateful if you could let us know how you used them, as this is vital for our Comic Relief funding. Please contact Julia@unchosen.org.uk - thank you.

Childreach

Childreach International’s Taught, Not Trafficked Campaign is taking SOLD The Movie to 12 UK cities between January and March (Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, St Andrews and York) – details of which can be found here: http://www.taughtnottrafficked.com/uk-screenings.html.

The film follows the harrowing story of a young Nepali girl named Lakshmi who is sex trafficked from Nepal to India. A panel discussion will follow each of the showings. Childreach ask that you circulate details of these showings as widely as you can so that the film reaches as wide an audience as possible. Contact Campaign Manager Dan at dan.ashcroft@childreach.org.uk for more details.

University of Sheffield

Research Associate / Research Fellow - Sociological Studies: Understanding the Role of Faith Based Organisations in Anti-Trafficking
Full details here   

Professor Gary Craig

March 26 is the second anniversary of the passage of the Modern Slavery Act. As a contribution to this, I am arranging for about fifty modern slavery roses (www.modernslaverygarden.com) to be planted around the Yorkshire and Humber region. Colleagues might like to think of something similar to do to mark the day.


Some of you may have had a letter from Nottingham University which has been commissioned to review the extent of modern slavery research across the UK. We are anxious that the research undertaken by NGOs, consultancies, individuals and others outside the formal academic sector is profiled as strongly as possible because there is no doubt that this research (for example reports by HTF, Kalayaan, ATMG, ECPAT, ASI and many many others) had a major impact on debates about the extent and scope of modern slavery, influencing the passage of legislation and shaping of policy from well before the passage of the Acts and before much academic work began to appear, and will continue to do so. We therefore want to encourage you strongly to respond to the invitation and ensure that this research (however you happened to define it) finds a place in the account that emerges.

 

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