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).