The winners of the Anti-Slavery Day Awards 2017 were announced at the State Rooms of Speaker's House on Wednesday 18th October. The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery in the UK, as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.
The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, presented the awards to the winners of the media awards, Sarah Newton MP Under-Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, presented the outstanding contribution awards and the Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, presented the award from the Human Trafficking Foundation Trustees to the mother of a British victim of trafficking and who has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness and call for improved victim support.
1. Best written opinion piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
Dr Patrick Burland – Open Democracy ‘Smoke but no fire: how not to read UK government trafficking statistics’
2. Best written news piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
May Bulman- The Independent ‘Surge in child refugees trying to reach UK creates ‘terrifying new market’ for people traffickers'
3. Best investigative newspaper article dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
Amelia Gentleman- The Guardian ‘Trafficked and enslaved: the teenagers tending UK cannabis farms’
4. Best broadcast piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
Fatima Manji- Channel 4 ‘Children trafficked to UK lost in system’
5. Best example of reporting which respects and dignifies survivors of trafficking
Alex Tizon - The Atlantic ‘My family’s Slave’
6. Best film dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
‘Three Girls’ by Studio Lambert for the BBC.
Media Award Panel: Joanna Ewart-James (Freedom United); Vicky Brotherton (formerly Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group); Melissa Blackburn (Unchosen); Chloe Setter (ECPAT UK); Linn Aakvik (FLEX); Diane Payne (The Salvation Army); and Megan Bethell (The Snowdrop Project)
Marsh Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the fight against modern slavery
Award to an individual from the voluntary or private sector
Bakhita House, Safe House in London
Award to an individual from the public sector
Anti-Slavery Partnership Coordinator
Serious Crime Directorate, Kent and Essex Police
Award to an organisation
Hope For Justice
Anti-slavery organisation based in Manchester
Outstanding Contribution Award Panel: Victoria Marks (ATLEU); Luljeta Nuzi (Shpresa Programme); Rita Gava (Kalayaan); and Euan Fraser (Human Trafficking Foundation)
Human Trafficking Foundation Trustee Award
Mother of a victim who has done much to raise awareness and support families of other victims
On 18th October 2016, the Home Secretary Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP presneted wards to those in the media who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery in the UK, as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.
Media Award Winners:
1. Best TV or Radio Drama or Documentary dealing with Human Trafficking:
Catherine Carr- BBC Radio, 4 Woman’s Hour, ‘India’s Trafficked Children’
2. Best investigative newspaper article dealing with trafficking for sexual exploitation:
Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian ‘Dozens of Syrians forced into sexual slavery in derelict Lebanese house’
3. Best investigative article child trafficking:
Oliver Holmes, The Guardian, ‘How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines’
4. Best investigative article forced labour:
Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian, ‘The Gangsters on England’s Doorstep’
5. Best investigative article dealing with trafficking for domestic servitude:
Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson, The Guardian, ‘The vanished: the Filipino domestic workers who disappear behind closed doors’
6. Best stage or film production dealing with modern slavery:
John Domokos and Harriet Grant, The Guardian, ‘I was just a slave: the foreign domestic staff living a life of five- star serfdom in London’
Outstanding Contribution to the fight against modern slavery winners:
1. Practical Support and Assistance to Victims: Shpresa Programme
2. Policy, research and Influencing work: Kalayaan
3. Legal work: ATLEU
Outstanding Contribution by a public official winner:
Fiona Hill, Downing Street Joint Chief of Staff
The winners of the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards 2015 were announced at the Locarno Suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the evening of Thursday 15 October. The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery in the UK.
The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, presented the awards to the winners (full list below), and commended them for their outstanding contribution to raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
“The journalists and campaigners recognised through these awards have given a voice to the victims of this despicable crime and through their work have helped to raise awareness about this important issue.
“The presence of modern slavery in today’s society is an affront to the dignity and humanity of every one of us. We all need to stand up together to show victims that they are not alone, and to target today’s slave drivers.”
Organised for the fifth consecutive year by the Human Trafficking Foundation jointly with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, the Anti-Slavery Day Media Award reception brought together 200 guests, including MPs and Peers, as well as journalists, police, representatives from various local authorities and NGOs.
On the 15th October the Fourth Media Awards were presented at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards Reception at the Speaker’s House. We were privileged to have the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Leader of the House of Commons, greeting the guests and presenting Media Awards, and the Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP welcoming the guests and presenting the Marsh Christian Trust Awards for the most outstanding individuals who contributed to the fight against Modern Day Slavery.
Our Chairman, Anthony Steen, highlighted in his speech the significance of the media and its increasing contribution, year by year, to raising awareness and educating public about the hidden nature and extent of modern-day slavery in the UK, but also its important role in promoting modern-day slavery up to the top of the political agenda . Mr Steen said: “The media has an important task to play to ensure the government is left in no doubt what Wilberforce’s legacy demands”.
This year there were over 40 excellent nominations that made the work of the panel very difficult. Our special thanks to the panel that included Kerry Scarlett from ADAVU project, Jen Baker from City Hearts, Chloe Setter from ECPAT UK, Peter Dolby from Counter-Human Trafficking Bureau, Kate Roberts from Kalayaan, Heather Knight from Stop the Traffik, Robin Brierley of the West-Midlands Regional Anti-Trafficking Network, and Tatiana Jardan from the Human Trafficking Foundation, who was also responsible for organising the Awards Reception.
The results of the Media awards show how successful campaigns led by both the Sunday Times and the Guardian have been. Full list of the winners
- 7 Media Awards for outstanding journalism – press, radio and film – were presented by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP who said he wanted this to be an annual event in Speaker’s House a
- Over 150 guests from media, business, charitable trust, NGOs, politicians from the Commons and the Lords attended the Reception Speaker’s House was heaving with commitment to fighting Modern Day Slavery”.
- Lord Glendonbrook was singled out as a financial pioneer in backing the Foundation’s campaign to rid Britain of slavery.
- Anthony Steen paid tribute to the Government and in particular the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary for agreeing to bring forward new legislation in the next Queen’s speech aimed at nailing traffickers and being more compassionate to victims.
- The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP presented Marsh Awards for outstanding contribution to fighting human trafficking (List of winners 2013). She also outlined the provisions of the new Bill and congratulated all those working at the rock face and the Human Trafficking Foundation for bringing them all together at a quarterly forum. She invited Anthony Steen to become her Envoy on this subject and Rt Hon Frank Field MP to chair a pre-scrutiny type inquiry to highlight which of the 82 recommendations in the recent CSJ report should be included in the new legislation.
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The video from the event
- A reception at Speaker’s House, attended by 150 guests - including UK MPs and Peers, Members of EU Member State Parliaments, NGO representatives, donors, sponsors and leading media figures;
- The Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards, in recognition of the crucial role played by the media in raising awareness about modern day slavery. The 8 winners included journalists from The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, as well as Al Jazeera Europe, the BBC, Sky Sports News, an independent journalist team and Justice 4 Migrant Workers.
- The Marsh Christian Trust Awards in recognition of the outstanding work and achievements of 3 particular individuals engaged in the fight against human trafficking. The winners were Ben Wells, Nightingale Trust (a UK charity based in Romania); Trish Davidson, Unchosen and Mwenia Chimba, BAWSO (a Welsh charity supporting people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds).
- A Roundtable for Diplomatic and Consular Staff of EU Member State Embassies based in the UK to improve communication between them and those working at the frontline of trafficking, such as police and victim support providers.
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- A reception event hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street to mark Anti-Slavery Day and pay tribute to the work of the Foundation and the many NGOs fighting in this area. Some 200 guests attended, including Members of Parliament from other EU countries.
- The Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards in the House of Lords to recognise journalists who had excelled in highlighting trafficking-related issues. There were separate categories for print, TV, film and radio. The Minister of State for Immigration, Damian Green MP presented the awards;
- An exhibition in Trafalgar Square, sponsored by IOM (International Organisation for Migration) to draw attention to the use of forced labour in supply chains;
- A series of events and speeches in Russell Square, hosted by Camden Councillors.
- A ‘Slavery in London’ exhibition displayed in City Hall for 3 days.
- A slavery exhibition in the Museum of London.
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If you wish to find out more about this initiative, please have a look at the Anti-Slavery Day Booklet 2012, visit Anti-Slavery Day's website or email Tatiana (firstname.lastname@example.org).