After Exploitation is supporting the Free For Good campaign, a coalition of NGOs, think tanks and companies advocating for the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill.
Currently, the Government provides victims with a limited period of care while the authorities decide if the person is a victim. After this period, support for survivors usually ends. Although duration of support should now, in theory, be offered on a case-by-case basis, there is no statutory ‘minimum’. This means that survivors may still face withdrawal of support – and immigration protection – after they recieve a final trafficking decision from the Home Office.
The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill will give victims in England and Wales a guaranteed right to support during the initial period when the decision about the status is being made, and for a further minimum of 12 months afterwards.
The Bill is currently awaiting it’s second reading in the House of Commons, where MPs can vote on whether to consider it further. We are looking for campaigners to support us in encouraging the Government to give ‘time’ to this Bill, and increase its chances of passing.