Karen Anstiss, Cristina Gavrilovic and Hope for Justice
Since June 2015, Karen has been the manager of Bakhita House, part of Caritas Westminster, and the service has become an example of best practice in the support of survivors of slavery. Bakhita House provides personalised accommodation, rehabilitation and support to women who have been trafficked. The system means that women can be housed at short notice, outside of the constraints of the National Referral Mechanism, and can be fully supported until they are ready to move on. Karen leads a holistic and genuine approach to rehabilitation for the women and encourages partnerships across the anti-trafficking sector to ensure that guests receive the support they need to rebuild their lives. Karen is professional with clear boundaries but is flexible and responds to the needs of her guests and she generously shares her vast experience and knowledge with the anti-trafficking sector.
Cristina is the Anti-Slavery Partnership Coordinator for the Serious Crime Detectorate at Kent and Essex Police and has brought dynamism, drive, compassion and a practical ‘can do’ attitude to leading the partnership. She is active in creating and working in partnership with colleagues inside and out of the police for the benefit of victims of slavery, in identifying problems and looking for solutions. As well as making sure she has an impact at an awareness raising and policy level, Cristina works at a practical level to support and build the trust of the victims who come into contact with the Kent and Essex police. In June 2017, Cristina was awarded the Police Staff Member of the Year Awards from the British Association of Women in Policing.
Hope for Justice
Hope for Justice are a charity which focuses on identifying and rescuing victims of modern slavery, advocating on their behalf to achieve restoration, and seeking legislative and policy reform. The organisation also provides awareness training for law enforcement, front line social services and other NGOs as well as working with significant UK companies to help them assess and identify slavery in their supply chains. Hope for Justice are unique in that they offer services which cover all aspects of modern slavery from training, prevention, partnership work, advocacy, campaigns and policy creation, investigation and rescue, long term assistance, holistic support and aftercare and perpetrator accountability.