How to make the global compacts on migration and refugees work for children on the move

Recent large-scale movements of refugees and migrants have drawn attention to the need for global and coordinated action for peaceful, orderly and comprehensive approaches to refugees and migrants. In 2016 in New York UN Member States adopted a Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which they committed to “fully protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status.” As a way of doing this they agreed to develop two global compacts – the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

What the NRM reforms mean for children and why they are still lacking

The Home Office recently announced a series of long-awaited reforms to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK’s main framework for identifying and protecting victims of trafficking. However, despite some key developments, for children, the reforms remain surface level and fail to address children’s fundamental safeguarding and protection needs.

Trafficking for labour exploitation: a roadmap to prevention

Trafficking for labour exploitation is at once a serious crime, a human rights breach and a violation of labour law. It happens all over the world, in every industry, yet still is poorly understood and often goes unnoticed and unreported. FLEX’s new report Risky Business: Tackling Exploitation in the UK Labour Market exposes the root causes of labour exploitation in the UK, and sets out a roadmap to prevent it by tackling head on the attitudes, practices and gaps in protection that allow exploitation to thrive.

A pathway to recovery?

The pathway from ‘victim’ to ‘survivor’ of trafficking can be tricky to navigate. Each person’s circumstances will be different, but for many it will involve recovering from the effects of exploitation on their mental or physical health as well as addressing immediate material needs such as somewhere to live and money for food and essential supplies. At the moment, the Modern Slavery Act does not provide victims with the support they need in order to recover and rebuild their lives. Many end up destitute and homeless, meaning that they become prey to traffickers once more and this brutal cycle repeats itself. A private members bill currently going through the House of Lords seeks to change this.

Day 46

How we spend millions rescuing victims of human trafficking only to abandon them before they recover

Anti-Slavery Day 2016: Examining the UK's Response to Modern Slavery; Key note speech by Fiona Mactaggart MP

My message is in three parts: 1. It is very good that our new Prime Minister feels personal investment in this issue and that the Government is open to reviewing the success of its work. I just wish it acted on the recommendations of those independent reviews. 2. But it’s intolerable that still thousands of people are enslaved in Britain – and despite legislation which is regarded as leading, most traffickers are not caught, few slaves are freed and even those who are are unlikely to see their exploiter convicted, or themselves get compensation for trauma and exploitation. If we protected victims better we would be able to catch and convict more slave masters. 3. The EU and ECHR has driven progress for victims. Brexit threatens their limited rights and yet the impact of Brexit on enslaved people hasn’t even been discussed.

Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards, Speaker’s House, 18th October 2016 Speech by Anthony Steen

Six years ago, I piloted my Private Members Bill through Parliament, helped by Lola Young in the Lords. The result – October 18th now UK’s Anti-Slavery Day.

ATLEU wins Anti-Slavery Day award

The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the issue of modern slavery in the UK, as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against it.

Anti-Slavery Day 2015

Anti-Slavery Day has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. From a small handful of events organised in 2011, to dozens of events organised around the country and throughout October in 2015; Anti-Slavery Day is gathering momentum with each passing year.

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

In recent months, the UK’s approach to addressing human trafficking has been dramatically transformed. This year the various legislative bodies of the UK have recognised the great need to improve upon the framework in place to address the problem. In January, the Northern Irish Assembly adopted the Lord Morrow’s Private Members Bill, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act; in March, the UK Parliament adopted the Modern Slavery Act; and on 1st October the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.