Working with Embassies

2nd Roundtable - May 2013

On the 21st of May 2013 the Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) held the second Round-table discussion for the Diplomatic and Consular personnel of the EU Member States in London. This round-table was generously hosted at the Slovakian Embassy by the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Miroslav Wlachovsky, who in his opening remarks expressed his concerns that: “The numbers of victims known to us is just the tip of the iceberg while the problem is much bigger”. 

The event brought together more than 40 participants from 12 EU Embassies, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Gangmasters Licencing Authority, the MET police, as well as a number of charities such as the Salvation Army, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International and Thames Reach.The discussion had as its main focus forced labour as a new form of Modern Day Slavery.

As Mr Anthony Steen, Chairman of the HTF,  pointed out: We are dealing with new phenomenon - men slavery.  At the opening of our exhibition in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister met two men - 1 British man enslaved in Bedfordshire and a Polish man trapped in debt bondage in a Scottish farm.  People are being forced to open bank accounts, take loans, the victim racks up thousands of pounds in debt.  New twists are developing so fast that professionals are lagging behind. The purpose of today's discussion is to embrace this new development.”

The discussion looked at problems that Embassies might be experiencing in relation to trafficking for forced labour and explored different ways for dealing with this phenomenon in collaboration with the authorities and NGOs. Gayle Munro and Chloe Pritchard, who work as researchers for Salvation Army, presented results from their recent study about the needs of male victims of trafficking and explained that these tend to be quite different from those of female victims, which prompt us to adopt new approaches if we are to effectively assist men in their rehabilitation. The participants collectively identified a number of ways in which Diplomatic and Consular staff could get more involved in the fight against this particular form of slavery.

- See more at: http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/blog/2013/7/diplomats-and-cons...

On the 21st of May 2013 the Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) held the second Round-table discussion for the Diplomatic and Consular personnel of the EU Member States in London. This round-table was generously hosted at the Slovakian Embassy by the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Miroslav Wlachovsky.

The event brought together more than 40 participants from 12 EU Embassies, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Gangmasters Licencing Authority, the MET police, as well as a number of charities such as the Salvation Army, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International and Thames Reach.The discussion had as its main focus forced labour as a new form of Modern Day Slavery.

The discussion looked at problems that Embassies might be experiencing in relation to trafficking for forced labour and explored different ways for dealing with this phenomenon in collaboration with the authorities and NGOs. Gayle Munro and Chloe Pritchard, who work as researchers for Salvation Army, presented results from their recent study about the needs of male victims of trafficking and explained that these tend to be quite different from those of female victims, which prompt us to adopt new approaches if we are to effectively assist men in their rehabilitation. The participants collectively identified a number of ways in which Diplomatic and Consular staff could get more involved in the fight against this particular form of slavery.

To see pictures from the roundtable, please click here.

 The Foundation will continue to arrange and facilitate these meetings hosted by embassies in the future. A third round-table discussion is planned to take place around Anti-Slavery Day, in October 2013.

n the 21st of May 2013 the Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) held the second Round-table discussion for the Diplomatic and Consular personnel of the EU Member States in London. This round-table was generously hosted at the Slovakian Embassy by the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Miroslav Wlachovsky, who in his opening remarks expressed his concerns that: “The numbers of victims known to us is just the tip of the iceberg while the problem is much bigger”. 

The event brought together more than 40 participants from 12 EU Embassies, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Gangmasters Licencing Authority, the MET police, as well as a number of charities such as the Salvation Army, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International and Thames Reach.The discussion had as its main focus forced labour as a new form of Modern Day Slavery.

As Mr Anthony Steen, Chairman of the HTF,  pointed out: We are dealing with new phenomenon - men slavery.  At the opening of our exhibition in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister met two men - 1 British man enslaved in Bedfordshire and a Polish man trapped in debt bondage in a Scottish farm.  People are being forced to open bank accounts, take loans, the victim racks up thousands of pounds in debt.  New twists are developing so fast that professionals are lagging behind. The purpose of today's discussion is to embrace this new development.”

The discussion looked at problems that Embassies might be experiencing in relation to trafficking for forced labour and explored different ways for dealing with this phenomenon in collaboration with the authorities and NGOs. Gayle Munro and Chloe Pritchard, who work as researchers for Salvation Army, presented results from their recent study about the needs of male victims of trafficking and explained that these tend to be quite different from those of female victims, which prompt us to adopt new approaches if we are to effectively assist men in their rehabilitation. The participants collectively identified a number of ways in which Diplomatic and Consular staff could get more involved in the fight against this particular form of slavery.

- See more at: http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/blog/2013/7/diplomats-and-cons...

n the 21st of May 2013 the Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) held the second Round-table discussion for the Diplomatic and Consular personnel of the EU Member States in London. This round-table was generously hosted at the Slovakian Embassy by the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Miroslav Wlachovsky, who in his opening remarks expressed his concerns that: “The numbers of victims known to us is just the tip of the iceberg while the problem is much bigger”. 

The event brought together more than 40 participants from 12 EU Embassies, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Gangmasters Licencing Authority, the MET police, as well as a number of charities such as the Salvation Army, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International and Thames Reach.The discussion had as its main focus forced labour as a new form of Modern Day Slavery.

As Mr Anthony Steen, Chairman of the HTF,  pointed out: We are dealing with new phenomenon - men slavery.  At the opening of our exhibition in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister met two men - 1 British man enslaved in Bedfordshire and a Polish man trapped in debt bondage in a Scottish farm.  People are being forced to open bank accounts, take loans, the victim racks up thousands of pounds in debt.  New twists are developing so fast that professionals are lagging behind. The purpose of today's discussion is to embrace this new development.”

The discussion looked at problems that Embassies might be experiencing in relation to trafficking for forced labour and explored different ways for dealing with this phenomenon in collaboration with the authorities and NGOs. Gayle Munro and Chloe Pritchard, who work as researchers for Salvation Army, presented results from their recent study about the needs of male victims of trafficking and explained that these tend to be quite different from those of female victims, which prompt us to adopt new approaches if we are to effectively assist men in their rehabilitation. The participants collectively identified a number of ways in which Diplomatic and Consular staff could get more involved in the fight against this particular form of slavery.

- See more at: http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/blog/2013/7/diplomats-and-cons...

Ist Roundtable - October 2012

In October 2012, the Foundation, in conjunction with the Romanian Embassy, brought together staff from London-based EU Embassies (12 Embassies in total) who come across cases of human trafficking. The aim was to facilitate and improve communication between embassy staff and those working at the frontline, such as police, UK Border Agency and NGOs.

As a result of this meeting, avenues of communication have been established and work on strengthening this network is ongoing. This is to ensure that:

  • Embassies are kept informed when their nationals face criminal charges connected to trafficking or when victims of trafficking are discovered by front line agencies;
  • NGOs do not have to struggle to obtain assistance from embassies for victims who wished to return home.    

To see pictures from the roundtable, please click here.

For more information about our work with Embassies please contact Tatiana Jardan.