Marsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight against Human Trafficking

This award is run in partnership with The Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) which was created in order to support and add value to the work of the many charities and agencies operating to combat human trafficking in the UK.
Their vision is of a UK:
which presents a hostile environment for human traffickers

where there is widespread public awareness of the evils and existence of trafficking

where there is tangible and accessible support for trafficking victims

where traffickers are swiftly and effectively brought to justice

This Award recognises an Outstanding Contribution of an individual or group to the fight against Human Trafficking.

The 2013 winners are Megan Stewart, the Snowdrop Project and the Soroptimists


Megan Stewart, Thamesreach

Megan is the Reconnections Manager at Thamesreach, a homelessness charity in London. She became involved in anti-trafficking work after seeing that men were becoming homeless after being trafficked and that traffickers were specifically targeting daycentres and soup kitchens for the homeless to recruit victims. Megan works with great passion to alert other homeless charities to these dangers and to ensure that the sector is aware that homeless men are especially vulnerable. As a volunteer, Megan is currently leading the re-launch of the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Trafficking Hotline. She is planning a range of activities to educate Londoners about modern slavery and encourage them to use the Hotline number to report suspicious activity linked to trafficking.

The Snowdrop Project

The Snowdrop Project is a volunteer-run initiative based in Sheffield providing essential support to trafficked women after they have left short-term government-funded shelter accommodation. Currently, there is no such provision in the UK. Lara Bundock and Tim Elverson, the project’s founders, identified a real gap in support provision for victims exiting shelters and observed first-hand how, without support, victims face social exclusion, further abuse and, often, re-trafficking. After receiving comprehensive training on securing housing to trauma, volunteer caseworkers (usually with a background in social care) help vulnerable women to set up for life in the UK and gain independence; this may include securing and furnishing a home, applying for benefits, resolving their immigration status and equipping them for work and education.

Jackie Paling and Pauline Monk, Soroptimists.

The Soroptomist International is a worldwide organisation for women. Their volunteer-run Purple Teardrop Campaign has been active since 2008 and aims to end human trafficking by raising awareness, supporting shelters and working to suppress the demand for trafficked people. The Soroptomists, led by Jackie Paling and Pauline Monk, have also launched a ‘Call to Action’ across their UK network, encouraging Soroptimists to speak to their MPs about the need for a Modern Slavery Bill to strengthen the UK’s response to trafficking. The intention is that MPs, once briefed by the Soroptomists, write to the Home Secretary calling for such a Bill, something which has proved to have results already.

Pictured above: Lara Bundock and Tim Elverston from the Snowdrop project with Anthony Steen and Home Secretary Theresa May



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