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””

Analysis: Non-EU trafficking claims rejected “five times more” than UK nationals’

New analysis by After Exploitation finds that the UK’s modern slavery framework rejects nearly five times more trafficking claims from non-European Union nationals than it does Brits. Our briefing examines the statistics, and explores the challenges facing ‘rejected’ survivors during the pandemic. This month, a widely-reported data release by Government revealed that a staggering 10,627Continue reading “Analysis: Non-EU trafficking claims rejected “five times more” than UK nationals’”

After Exploitation data shows 1,256 potential trafficking victims detained last year

1,256 potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking were held in prison-like settings under Immigration Powers last year, according to newly-released Home Office data. ·      At least 1,256 potential slavery victims were held in prison-like settings in 2019 due to their immigration status, according to new FOIs secured by After Exploitation ·      Charities argue detention safeguards are “still failing”Continue reading “After Exploitation data shows 1,256 potential trafficking victims detained last year”

Victim Support (Modern Slavery) Bill: After Exploitation welcomes calls for data transparency

After Exploitation are pleased to join the Free For Good campaign, which has played a vital role in supporting Lord McColl’s Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill. The proposed law and would provide victims of modern slavery with a minimum of 12 months’ support, and guaranteed protection from deportation or detention within that time. The BillContinue reading “Victim Support (Modern Slavery) Bill: After Exploitation welcomes calls for data transparency”

Open letter: Government must release data on slavery

We ask that the UK Government release data on victims of human trafficking and slavery Human trafficking is recognised as a serious criminal offence, which often leaves survivors with a legacy of physical and emotional abuse. Yet, we now know that many rebuilding their lives after slavery must also live with the threat of deportationContinue reading “Open letter: Government must release data on slavery”

Open letter: NGOs call for data transparency and “reconsideration” of Home Office trafficking and detention decision-making

Our letter, published in Indy Voices today: We are deeply concerned by the Government’s response to a new report outlining the detention of 507 potential victims of human trafficking in 2018 alone.[1] Last week the Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP, clarified that “479 [potential victims of trafficking] received a positive decision on reasonableContinue reading “Open letter: NGOs call for data transparency and “reconsideration” of Home Office trafficking and detention decision-making”