Joint statement: ‘New Plan for Immigration’ poses risk to survivors of slavery

This statement was originally published in Business Insider A joint statement signed by After Exploitation, Anti Slavery International, Focus on Labour Exploitation, Freedom United, Helen Bamber Foundation, Kalayaan, Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), and Women for Refugee Women said: “We are deeply concerned that the Government intends to push forward with the ‘New Plan for Immigration’ next week, despiteContinue reading “Joint statement: ‘New Plan for Immigration’ poses risk to survivors of slavery”

New data: Majority of trafficking claims found to be ‘positive’ after reconsideration

78% of challenged trafficking claims later found in favour of claimant 81% of reconsidered claims at initial ‘Reasonable Grounds’ stage are later positive, meaning potential survivors who should have been granted safe housing and support may have faced delays in getting help Charities condemn anticipated impact of ‘New Plan for Immigration’ on modern slavery survivors, claiming changes will makeContinue reading “New data: Majority of trafficking claims found to be ‘positive’ after reconsideration”

Joint statement on detention changes

Joint statement regarding changes to the detention of vulnerable people, made without Parliamentary scrutiny, which specialist organisations predict will result in more trafficking victms being held behind bars: “We are deeply concerned by imminent changes to detention policy – due to become law on 25 May – which will increase the number of modern slavery survivors lockedContinue reading “Joint statement on detention changes”

MPs have #30DaystoAct for detained trafficking victims

Stealth legislation grants new powers to detain victims “on even wider scale” o        Under new policy, passed without debate, people recognised by the Home Office as ‘potential trafficking victims’ will still be liable for detention as a result of their immigration status o        Home Office acknowledges increase in detained trafficking victims “may be an effect” of new policy passed through Parliament without scrutiny  o        Parliament’s Secondary LegislationContinue reading “MPs have #30DaystoAct for detained trafficking victims”

Survivors behind bars: Nearly 3,000 potential trafficking victims detained since 2019

Data obtained from the Home Office, via Freedom of Information (FOI) by After Exploitation and Women for Refugee Women, illustrates continued, wide-scale detention of potential and recognised trafficking victims in prison-like settings. Since 1st January 2019 – 30th September 2020, the Home Office detained: 2914 potential victims, who have a right to “assistance and support”Continue reading “Survivors behind bars: Nearly 3,000 potential trafficking victims detained since 2019”

Victory! Home Office data refusal is overturned

·         Home Office rejected Freedom of Information (FOI) request by NGO, After Exploitation, asking for immigration outcomes facing trafficking survivors ·         Director of After Exploitation, Maya Esslemont, was represented by lawyers at the Campaign For Freedom of Information at a virtual hearing on 14 December 2020. The Home Office provided two expert witnesses for proceedings. ·         The Home Office refused toContinue reading “Victory! Home Office data refusal is overturned”

Campaign news: Government “does not back” end to detention of trafficking victims. Rejects calls for 12 months’ victim support.

This week, we are saddened by the Government’s response to our Anti Slavery Day joint letter, supported by more than 50+ experts by experience, academics, NGOs and law firms. The coalition of advocates called on Government to back provisions in the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, which would guarantee all human trafficking survivors a minimumContinue reading “Campaign news: Government “does not back” end to detention of trafficking victims. Rejects calls for 12 months’ victim support.”

Anti Slavery Day: 50+ experts call for end to harms facing survivors

This letter was first published on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website, led by After Exploitation and supported by over 50 experts in law, academia, and front-line support.. After ExploitationMaya Esslemont, Director  The AIRE Centre Matthew Evans, Legal Director  African Rainbow Family Aderonke Apata, Chairperson  Amnesty International UKKate Allen, Director Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)Carita Thomas,Continue reading “Anti Slavery Day: 50+ experts call for end to harms facing survivors”

Hidden Futures: UK MPs and Lords misled on trafficking data “25 times” since Modern Slavery Act

A new report by After Exploitation highlights the “routine” denial and supression of modern slavery data by Government. Hidden Futures: How Data Denial Threatens the Fight Against Slavery highlights how repeated refusals to share data on the UK’s slavery response has allowed the detention and deportation of trafficking victims to continue without political challenge. DrawingContinue reading “Hidden Futures: UK MPs and Lords misled on trafficking data “25 times” since Modern Slavery Act”

After Exploitation data shows 1 in 5 potential slavery victims “identified but not referred for support”

New data obtained by After Exploitation reveals that 1 in 5 (19%) potential slavery victims identified by UK authorities are not referred into the framework designed to provide them with legal assistance, counselling and safe housing. 4,355 potential slavery victims were identified in a four-month period last year, but 1 in 5 (19%, n =Continue reading “After Exploitation data shows 1 in 5 potential slavery victims “identified but not referred for support””