The Foundation recognises the importance of providing ongoing support to trafficking survivors so as to assist them to fully integrate into the UK or safely return home, should they wish to do so. To this end, we have been running a small scale project which aims to help victims in very practical ways so that they can slowly regain control over their lives.
As part of this project, we have been able to offer a small number of internships to victims of trafficking, widening their skills and experience while advising them on finding work in the UK. Two smaller charities, the Red Light Campaign and the House of Beth, have contributed through their own fundraising activities to the interns’ travel and subsistence and, more recently, an additional contribution has been secured from the Salvation Army to cover additional costs.
We also have a good track record of facilitating communications between shelters and Embassies to ensure that victims wishing to return home can be assisted in obtaining their passports and having their travel costs covered.
Finally, we have recently been able to establish a permanent contact in the DWP to provide assistance to anti-trafficking organisations when helping victims in their dealings with the Jobcentre. As a result of this work, a new page on human trafficking, which included key indicators to help Jobcentre staff recognise victims of trafficking, has been added to the Department for Work & Pensions' intranet page.