Unseen's Newsletter                                                Summer 2015
We have a Modern Slavery Act
It scraped through on the last day before Parliament was dissolved ahead of the General Election, but we are delighted to report that the new Modern Slavery Act received Royal Assent on 26th March.
 
The Act will make it easier to prosecute traffickers and slave masters, bring in Transparency in Supply Chain legislation and, crucially, give greater protection to survivors.
 
Unseen’s CEO Andrew Wallis says: “What we have now is a new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, specific provisions for children, a review of how we can effectively identify victims and a clause in the act requiring large businesses to report what they are doing to ensure slavery cannot exist in its business practices and supply chains. Is the legislation perfect? No, but we now have foundations that we can now build on.”
 
 
"My experience at Unseen"
Staff at our safe-house asked the survivors we work with to write a short piece about their experience of being at the house and how Unseen had helped them. This is what Rose, a British survivor of human trafficking, had to say:
 
“My favourite part of the coming to the house has been meeting new people. I have learnt about African food and how to say my name in Kikuyu, which is a Kenyan tribal language. I have learnt a lot about myself and I now have different views on life and where I want to go in this world. I can now empathise with different cultures. I’ve enjoyed so many things, especially going for walks, getting to know the city and relaxing in the peace and quiet. It’s so different from where I have come from.”
 
Audience with the Pope
In April, Unseen’s Managing Director Kate Garbers was asked to write a paper on the Challenges and Successes of Victims of Trafficking Resettling in the UK, and then present it as part of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences 5-day plenary session on human trafficking.
  
Kate said: “We need to address resettlement of survivors both in UK and also in source countries. If their situation hasn’t changed - if they have not recovered or been given the appropriate support to recover within the UK - we are setting them up for further exploitation. Unseen’s mission is to help people become resilient, empowered and independent, but it takes time and resources. By going to the Vatican, hopefully we have shown that this issue needs addressing, not just in the UK but across the globe.”
 
The group of experts, academics, ambassadors and leaders of the Catholic were given an audience with Pope Francis, who then took the group’s recommendations to the UN shortly afterwards to feed into the new targets for Millennium Development Goals.
 
Churches and charities join forces
In October later this year, Unseen will be partnering with three local organisations - Beloved, One25 and Spring of Hope - to deliver a half-day event called ‘Vision for the Vulnerable’ at Bristol Cathedral.
 
Each will share information about the work we do with vulnerable women in the city and how individuals and church groups can get involved.
 
Tickets will be available closer to the event. For more information please email admin@unseenuk.org
 
8 out of 10 cats
A big thank you to everyone who filled in our survey back in February, which will help shape our Newsletter for the future. It gave us some really good insight into what and how you want to read news from Unseen – like more trafficking facts and figures (see side panel). It was also really encouraging to see that 90% of people said they would recommend Unseen to friends or colleagues.
 
Congratulations to our survey competition winner Beth Hamilton whose name was chosen at random from all our responses.
She wins a jazzy Unseen t-shirt!
2014 trafficking facts and figs
In our survey, many of you asked us to keep you informed of latest statistics around modern slavery in the UK. We've pulled out the more important ones for you here, but the full government statistics can be viewed here.
Get Seen For Unseen
This year’s Get Seen For Unseen will take place 12-18th October, culminating in Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18th October. There will be a raft of exciting neon activities to get involved with. Check our website for upcoming news or email info@unseenuk.org for info.
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Get in touch
If there's something you'd like to know more about or have something to tell us, do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you:
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