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Legal Aid Fundraising UpdateProposed amendments to the law will strip some victims of the opportunity to challenge negative decisions on critical issues. For a crime as widely misunderstood as human trafficking it’s vital that we can help victims challenge a decision that says they aren’t trafficked. You can help us keep that avenue open by writing to your MP using a template letter. Want to help?
BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC South TodayHope for Justice CEO Ben Cooley took part in a BBC5 Live panel discussion on the draft Modern Slavery Bill as it made its way through parliamentary committee in March. Ben addressed the challenges we all face in the fight against slavery. Hope for Justice were also asked to appear on regional news bulletin BBC South Today to describe the situation of modern day slaves in the UK. This followed the rescue of 6 potential victims and the arrest of a suspected trafficker by Dorset Police. More about trafficking in the UK.
Eaton Hall Fundraising DinnerThis February, Jacqueline Maudslay and Kirstie Wainwright from our Chester ACTFORJUSTICE group, hosted a fantastic fundraising dinner at the Grosvenor Estate – Eaton Hall. The night included a fashion show sponsored by Beulah of London, and a raffle including prizes donated by Boodles Jewellers. LZ7 also performed their hit song ‘27 Million’. The event raised over £19,000 for Hope for Justice! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the incredible success of the event! Host your own fundraising event for Hope for Justice, visit our fundraising page here.
Zoe Challenge 2014: Sign Up Today to Fundraise for FreedomIn May 2014 Hope for Justice supporters will be hosting walks up and down the country with the aim of chalking up a total of 12,416 miles – the distance from the North to the South Pole – and raising £125,000 to fund our specialist investigators, lawyers and aftercare staff. Would you walk to the ends of the earth to end slavery? Join the Zoe Challenge.
47% Increase in UK Human Trafficking ReferralsNew statistics from the National Crime Agency reveal number of potential human trafficking victims in 2013. Individuals are referred by the police, other agencies and NGO’s into the National Referral Mechanism, the government system for identifying and assisting victims. A total of 1,746 men, women and children were referred in 2013. Read more.
124 Frontline Professionals Already Trained In 2014
Since the year began Hope for Justice has trained 124 frontline workers to spot the signs of human trafficking and handle victims appropriately. This has already generated intelligence for our specialist investigators helping them to identify more victims and has led to a number of rescues. Help train more professionals.
8 Rescued by Hope for Justice in First Weeks of 2014Our phenomenal investigations team based at Emma’s Hub in the North East of England have rescued 8 people in the first 2 months of 2014. “We’ve kicked off 2014 as we mean to go on. 8 people set free; 8 lives released from slavery. It’s an absolute joy and we can’t wait to free more people as the year unfolds’, said Ben Cooley, CEO Hope for Justice. Help fund freedom.
Early Zoe Challenge Fundraising Begins: Sign Up To Be A Hero!Hope for Justice supporters in Ottery St Mary, Devon have walked 566 miles and raised £2,200 for the Zoe Challenge! Congrats, to all involved! If you want to have fun and raise funds for freedom register a walk today and help us reach our £125,000 target. Most Challenge walks are taking place in May – get yourself along to www.zoechallenge.com to register today.
3 Rescues in January; Jared’s StoryWe’re already seeing lives changed in 2014. The Investigators at Emma’s Hub have had a great start to the year with 3 rescues in January. Read about one of those people, Jared, who was rescued by Hope for Justice last month. Jared’s story.
Government Trials Advocates for Child Trafficking VictimsThe Home Office announced that child slavery victims will be given individual support through a new network of specialist independent advocates from April. “Hope for Justice enthusiastically welcomes another step towards the meaningful abolition of slavery in the UK”, CEO Ben Cooley. Read more on this story.
Operations Director meets Police and Crime CommissionerHope for Justice’s, Acting Director of Operations, Allan Doherty, met with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside in January. Commissioner Matthew Grove, discussed anti-slavery efforts with Allan and a number of members of the local ACTFORJUSTICE Group. Read about the fight against slavery.
Frontline Workers Receive Human Trafficking TrainingAwareness training was rolled out to workers in Yorkshire & Humberside. The Regional Homelessness Forum was attended by representatives from local authorities across the region. Awareness is half the battle for such a complex and misunderstood crime. Hope for Justice is getting the right information to the right people. Help our team identify victims.
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.”