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.

The 2015 winners are Rachel Witkin, Gary Craig and Bronagh Andrew

Rachel has worked with the Helen Bamber Foundation for over seven years, working first hand with men and women who have survived human trafficking and providing them with psychological counselling to help them rebuild their lives. Rachel is compassionate, understanding and highly professional in her work, going above and beyond the call of duty by taking on the most difficult cases and dedicating herself to them until success is reached. In addition to her one to one work with survivors, Rachel has contributed to a number of national and international publications about the application of basic therapeutic principles for all who work with survivors, both within and outside the clinical field. These focus on the essential need of establishing trust with survivors, enabling disclosure and ensuring their ongoing safety for sustained recovery. Rachel’s commitment to her work has already empowered dozens, if not hundreds, of survivors to rebuild their lives – and her success is set to continue.

In 2000, Professor Gary Craig became the world’s first Professor in Social Justice when he was appointed to the role at the University of Hull. He now holds the positions of Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at Durham University, and Emeritus Professor of Social Justice at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull (which he also helped found and where he led the team in researching modern slavery). Gary is very highly regarded in the academic world. He co-wrote the first major study of modern slavery in the UK. His influence stretches much further than academia however, since Gary has played a vital role on highlighting the significant problem of forced labour and shaping the UK Modern Slavery Act. His efforts to raise awareness and understanding of the issue of forced labour have significantly enhanced widespread understanding of the problem, enabling it to be addressed in a manner which would not otherwise have been possible. The anti-trafficking movement is indebted to Gary for his dedication and commitment to the cause; reaching out far beyond his academic work to help shape our response to the issue.

Bronagh Andrew has worked with Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) for more than 10 years and has played a pivotal role in developing the care and support provided by the TARA project; ensuring that the highest possible standards are maintained and that the needs of the women involved are met. The TARA (Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance) project was established in 2005 to help identify and support women who might have been trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Bronagh approaches her work, which at times can be difficult and harrowing, in a kind and sensitive manner, identifying and prioritising the needs of the survivor. Bronagh has played an important role in policy development and delivered key evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee in relation to the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill. Bronagh also takes the time to assist in raising awareness and enhancing public understanding of human trafficking. She gives a lot of her time in support of grassroots, community-based campaigns, as she understands the importance of ensuring that the public has an accurate understanding of the nature and scale of the problem. Her willingness to contribute to the fight against human trafficking in so many ways reveals Bronagh’s determination and dedication to confront and eradicate such exploitation. What is more, she does so in a manner which is thoughtful and compassionate.

Pictured (Top to Bottom) - Rachel Witkin receiving her award from Theresa May (top), Gary Craig receiving his award from Theresa May (middle), Bronagh Andrew receiving her award from Theresa May (bottom)


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