Every Friday we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.
We launched! It's been a very exciting week for us, as we held our official launch at Lambeth Palace. You can read an account of the day, and see our new film We See You on our blog. Bishop Alastair Redfern, our Chair, was interviewed by Premier, you can listen to the interview here. We were also featured in the Independent, the Evening Standard and the Guardian. In the Christian press you can read about us in Christian Today and the Tablet.
The Salvation Army, who hold the government contract for housing victims of modern slavery during their initial recovery period, released a new report using data gathered from their sixth year of holding the contract. They have seen an increase in victims identified, and more and more people who have been found in labour exploitation. You can read the full report here (pdf).
Many charities and organisations have criticised the 'National Referral Mechanism' or NRM, the process which potential victims of modern slavery go through to get access to care and support, and to confirm whether they are victims of modern slavery. This week the Home Office announced three reforms to the mechanism:
- a new team will be created to handle all cases which will be separate from the immigration department
- all negative decisions will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts
- a new digital system will be created to manage the process.
You can read the thoughts of Anti-Slavery International on the reforms here.
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