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Anti-Slavery Day

18 October 2013

AIRE's commitment to assisting modern-day slaves

On Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, the AIRE Centre recognises the strength and resolution of our clients who are victims of modern-day slavery – exploited as part of human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. We are a dedicated part of the NGO support team that assists them to overcome their trauma and to try and rebuild their life. There are, however, thousands more victims who remain hidden in the UK and much more needs to be done to bring an end to this modern day slavery.

Over the past four years, since the introduction of Anti-Slavery day, the AIRE Centre has worked with over a hundred victims of human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude, helping them to access and exercise the rights they have under European law, including under the European Convention on Human Rights. This year AIRE has welcomed the entry in to force of the EU Directive 2011/36 on Preventing & Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims which provides further entitlements and safeguards. These combined legal rights, which are sometimes very complex, ensure that survivors of often repeated, prolonged, and traumatic abuse, can access housing, medical and psycho-social services and support. Many victims however, still face difficulty in accessing these services in practice

Equally, The AIRE Centre is dedicated to sharing their expertise and provides important training sessions to legal practitioners and others who support victims of exploitation and slavery. Being able to recognise the indicators of trafficking and to understand and guide survivors through the complex system that formally identifies them are often key parts of training sessions.

The AIRE Centre has also been able to make a major contribution to the development of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the protection of victims of trafficking, impacting not only those victims in the UK but also other across the Council of Europe Member States. All this work has only been possible through the support the AIRE Centre has received to do this. We would like to thank all those who have supported the Centre’s work with victims of Human Trafficking, including Comic Relief, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Freshfields and the all the individuals who have worked pro-bono on our cases or made donations to the AIRE Centre.

Above all we thank our clients for their courage.

 

The AIRE Centre will be marking Anti-Slavery Day 2013 by participating in two-part trafficking seminar series with Doughty Street Chamberssee all the details here.

 We will also be organising two FREE one-day conferences about Human Trafficking and the Law before the end of December. Details will be posted on the AIRE website very soon.

 

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