Marsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight against Modern Slavery
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.
Pictured: Brian Marsh OBE, MCT Chairman with Lois Hamilton, winner of the inaugural Award which was presented in 2011
The 2016 winners are ATLEU, Shrepsa Programme and Kalayaan
The Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
Since they set up three years ago, ATLEU has worked for long term solutions for victims of modern slavery by helping them to obtain safety, recovery and redress. They work to secure immigration remedies, compensation from traffickers (they are the leading organisation in the UK for making these claims) and housing for their clients. The ATLEU works in partnership with organisations across the anti-trafficking field and they have worked single-mindedly to bring test cases to clarify and extend the legal protections for victims in a political and public landscape where victims’ interests and rights are too often overlooked. The ATLEU has had a number of key achievements including successfully bringing the first judicial review under the Modern Slavery Act to ensure that government agencies provide the assistance that victims are entitled to under law and bringing the only two trafficking cases ever brought to the Supreme Court.
Shpresa works with over 2,000 Albanian speaking refugees and migrants, providing direct support and fostering their integration into their new society. It is a user-led organisation run by and for the Albanian speaking community in the UK, founded by and for refugees and asylum seekers from Albanian speaking countries. Shpresa carry out a women’s support project which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Albanian speaking women, tackling depression, isolation and social and economic exclusion and also providing targeted services to women who have been trafficked or have fled domestic or honour based violence and abuse. The programme also runs an unaccompanied asylum seeking children’s service which was founded in 2014 in recognition of the needs and experiences of children and young people who arrive in the UK as unaccompanied minors. This service now works with over 180 young people aged 12 to 19 years of age, providing help with securing legal advice, liaising with schools and colleges, training and supporting foster carers, social workers and teachers who are working with these young people and providing educational activities and mental health support to unaccompanied minors. Shpresa also run a volunteering project which promotes volunteering, training and access to employment among the Albanian speaking community to help them to (re)enter the workplace.
Kalayaan has brought to public attention the issue of the abuse, exploitation and enslavement of overseas domestic workers. Their meticulous gathering of evidence from domestic workers has raised public support for the right of these workers to obtain decent work and forced the issue on to the political agenda. Kalayaan provides direct casework support, and uses its experience of supporting workers to build up an evidence base on the treatment of domestic workers and through doing this influence policy. During the passing of the Modern Slavery Act in March 2015, Kalayaan led the struggle to ensure that decent work conditions for Oversees Domestic Workers were included and, despite its failure to change the-then visa arrangements, has continued to press for effective and sustainable change. Kalayaan has ensured that its voice is both linked to others in broader campaigns and is informed by effective and valid research findings.
Pictured: A representative of the Shpresa Programme receiving their Award from Amber Rudd, Home Secretary and Brian Marsh, MCT Chairman
Human Trafficking Foundation
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