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Hope for Justice Commended in ParliamentDuring the second reading of the Modern Slavery Bill in July, Hope for Justice was commended for our work to fight slavery and particularly for our partnership with the police, which “bring[s] about successful prosecutions”. We’re committed to pursuing the prosecution of traffickers to make human trafficking high risk and low profit in the UK. Read what Parliamentarians are saying about us.
Training Leads to Identification and Assistance for VictimsHope for Justice has already trained over 770 frontline professionals in 2014 to spot the signs of trafficking and work with victims. CEO Ben Cooley says, “That’s more than Hope for Justice trained in all of 2013, it’s something to celebrate as so many of the victims that Hope for Justice assists are referred to us by people who receive our training. This training is going to result in rescues.” Help us train more professionals and identify more potential victims.
Debt’s Taken Out by Trafficker Written Off on Victim’s BirthdayAfter his rescue Albert was inundated with notices for debts accumulated in his name by his trafficker. After 12 months of hard work from our Legal Team, the incredible news came through on his birthday that these debts had finally been written off. The advocacy of our specialist Legal Team makes all the difference in the lives of victims like Albert. Get fundraising today and help us free more victims from debt, fear and instability.
Home Office Launches Slavery Awareness CampaignHope for Justice has welcomed a national awareness campaign from the Home Office that encourages the public to spot the signs of modern slavery. “There’s no doubt that a better informed public will be a powerful weapon in the fight against modern day slavery”, said Hope for Justice CEO Ben Cooley. The campaign will run until October and the first advert aired on July 31st on Channel 4. Read our full press release.
From a Supporter: ‘Why Hope Conference is a Great Weekend’What makes Hope Conference incredible is YOU! It’s the time for all our supporters in the church to gather together, pray into current cases and hear some amazing news. ACTFORJUSTICE Regional Coordinator and all-around great guy, Josh Woodcock, shares why you won’t want to miss out. Join the Team and our whole community – book today.
Slavery Bill Introduced in the CommonsThe Modern Slavery Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on June 10th 2014.
The UK Govt said, “The bill would provide law enforcement with stronger tools to stamp out modern slavery, ensure slave drivers can receive suitably severe punishments and enhance protection of and support for victims”. Hope for Justice CEO Ben Cooley said, “this a moment for us all to mark; the whole team at Hope for Justice are eager to see legislation passed that can help us change the lives of modern day slaves for the better and for the long term”.
Hope for Justice Assist 6 Victims in JuneHope for Justice Investigators from Emma’s Hub assisted 6 modern day slaves in June. These were men and women who were victims of forced labour or sexual exploitation. They’re now free and safe because your fundraising, volunteering and donations makes the work of our specialist investigators, survivor support officers and lawyers possible. Help us make more rescues – start your own fundraising campaign.
Pope & Archbishop Commit To Fighting TraffickingThe Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury committed their churches this month to work more closely in the fight against “the grave evil of human trafficking”. Their joint project aims to persuade 50 multi-national companies to render their supply chains free of slavery by 2020. They’re also seeking 162 countries to publicly endorse their campaign and get the G20 to adopt an anti-slavery initiative. “Church leaders and church communities have the power to end modern slavery in their hands”, said Gareth Russell, Hope for Justice Director of Church Partnerships. Find out how your church can help combat trafficking.
Zoe Challenge Heroes: Ian Deakin
Supporters across the UK have been pulling out all the stops to raise money for our pioneering rescue work. Despite a chronic back condition and five operations in the last eight months, Ian Deakin fearlessly drove 10 kilometres on his mobility scooter. Ian said, “I had never heard of anyone doing anything like this. I just wanted to raise as much money as possible for this very worthwhile cause because any amount of money was better off than what they started off with”. Sponsor Ian or invent your own fundraiser.
Zoe Challenge: Get Set, GO!When we recorded Hope News there were 65 walks taking place now there’s 74! You little legends! If you’re a fundraiser then YOU ARE THE HERO in this story. Have fun walking this month (and all summer) and when it comes to asking for sponsorship BE BOLD! Every pound works hard to free men, woman and children from crushing exploitation. Zoe Challengers, let’s get out there! It’s not too late to start your own challenge, find out how.
Zoe’s Hub Is Live – Hear from our new Team LeaderIn May we deployed our second Regional Investigative Hub – Zoe’s Hub. Funded by our community of supporters, Zoe’s Hub puts our second team of investigators on the ground in the Midlands. Hear from our new Investigations Team Leader about stepping up the fight against trafficking in the heart of the UK.
Hope Conference 26-27 Sept 2014 – Early Bird £35Each year we hold an incredible prayer conference for our supporters in the church. Hope Conference 2014 is going to be unmissable with huge news to announce, a chance to meet the team, time with friends, great live music and victims’ stories from a year full of firsts. Early Bird rate until June 1 = £35 incl. entry on both days, lunch, teas and coffees. BOOK ME IN!
Stephen Fry — Actor & Comedian
“Hope for Justice are incredible. Fighting the crime of human trafficking at its source. Rescuing the victims and bringing perpetrators to justice. They truly are modern day abolitionists.”
Bear Grylls — Adventurer & Television Personality
“Hope for Justice are doing incredibly brave and life saving work, reaching out to some of the most vulnerable people trapped in horrific situations. That’s the reality of modern day slavery in the UK and we want it to end. Now.”
Kirsty Gallacher — Television Presenter
“It’s heart-breaking to hear the stories of the people who have fallen victim to human trafficking. Thank goodness for Hope for Justice who are rescuing these men, women and children. Let us stand with them in their fight for freedom!”
Justin Welby — Archbishop of Canterbury
“Trafficking in human beings is one of the greatest scandals and tragedies of our age. I am encouraged to see that Hope for Justice is drawing so many together to speak out and act against this injustice… the world urgently needs to wake up to the scale of human trafficking that is modern day slavery.”