Human Trafficking Foundation
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About

The Foundation

About Us

The Human Trafficking Foundation grew out of the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. It was established to support and add value to the work of the many charities and agencies operating to combat human trafficking in the UK.

The Foundation brings together parliamentarians NGOs, local authorities, law enforcement, academics and other experts throughout the anti-trafficking and modern slavery sector, to learn their from their first-hand experience of supporting victims and disrupting trafficking networks in order to inform policy recommendations to Parliamentarians and Government.

 

Staff

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Head of Office

Kate Roberts

As Head of Office Kate has overall responsibility for the delivery of the Human Trafficking Foundations’ work to bring together the NGO anti- slavery sector, parliamentarians and statutory services to facilitate positive policy changes to better prevent slavery and support survivors. Kate has a particular focus and expertise on survivor care and support needs for rehabilitation.

Prior to joining HTF in Spring 2016 Kate worked at Kalayaan, a UK charity which works with migrant domestic workers in the UK, many of who have been trafficked. Kate worked at Kalayaan for over 10 years where she delivered direct support and casework as well as leading on policy. Kate has an in depth knowledge of the UK’s anti trafficking and anti-slavery measures having provided direct casework to multiple victims and having been a First Responder to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism since the system was developed in 2009 until leaving Kalayaan. Kate has given evidence to several parliamentary inquiries, including at all stages of the Modern Slavery Bill and has significant experience of working with the media.

Before Kalayaan, Kate worked as a Community Development Worker in a Sure Start Local Programme in Haringey. Kate has also worked in International Development, principally in Kenya, Sudan and Peru, and has a BA in Social Anthropology with Development Studies from Sussex University as well as a LLM in Human Rights from Birkbeck University, School of Law.

Email: kate@humantraffickingfoundation.org


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Projects Leader

Tamara Barnett

Tamara runs the Foundation’s London Project, which aims to improve the response to human trafficking and foster partnership work across London. This work includes providing a free service to support statutory authorities in the capital to fulfil their new statutory duties around human trafficking and to better support victims, as well as coordinating the Anti-Slavery London Working Group (LWG) for pan-London frontline services, with over 50 members, including NGOs, the Met Police’s Modern Slavery Unit, the UK Visas and Immigration team, NHS and lawyers.. She also heads the Foundation’s European Parliamentary Project, working with European Parliaments on cross-border cooperation and creating structures to tackle modern day slavery.

Tamara brings experience from both Government and NGO sectors to HTF. As lead adviser on policing and crime at the Greater London Authority, she wrote for the Leader of the Group, Andrew Boff, ‘Silence on Violence’ – a report on sex work and sex trafficking - and ‘Shadow City’ – an in-depth investigation into less understood forms of human trafficking. Following this work, they were both invited onto the ACPO Working Group on Prostitution and also presented oral evidence to the Joint Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill.

Tamara has lobbied extensively for better policing around sex work and improving the response to human trafficking.  As a result, under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, she drafted the national police protocols on handling cases involving sex workers and established the Trafficking Reduction Advisory Partnership (TRAP) for South London.

Tamara has previously worked in Parliament; led a Research Unit at a leading think tank; and was Operations Manager at Catch21, an NGO engaging teenagers in politics. She also volunteered as Production Coordinator for an interfaith Arab-Israeli theatre group, Conflict Relief.

Tamara studied Modern Languages (Russian) and Philosophy at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Management at Birkbeck.

Email: tamara@humantraffickingfoundation.org


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Projects and Communications Coordiantor

Euan Fraser

Euan acts as coordiantor for the Foundation's Advisory Forum, NNCF, international subgroup and provides administrative and research support to the APPG on human trafficking and modern slavery. He assists in the Foundation's ongoing work to develop policy recommendations for improved support for victims of trafficking in the UK, building relationships with stakeholders throughout the anti-trafficking sector. Euan is also researcher to the Foundation's vice-chair, Baroness Butler-Sloss. 

Prior to joining the Foundation Euan campaigned in the anti-trafficking field in Scotland for several years. This work included garnering support for the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act and taking on the role of secretariat of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking. He also gained experience of working with other organisations to raise awareness of human trafficking amongst members of the public.

Euan is a law graduate. He studied law at undergraduate level, followed by a Masters in International Law and Security and a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. His studies enabled him to explore various aspects of human rights law, including the international and domestic law in relation to human trafficking.

Email: euan@humantraffickingfoundation.org


Trustees

Chair

Anthony Steen CBE

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Anthony Steen has had four careers: first as a youth leader and community worker in the East End of London at the Bernard Baron Settlement with Sir Basil Henriques, the former Chief London Magistrate. From the East End he started Task Force which in its heyday involved 15,000 young people helping London’s elderly and lonely. At the same time, Mr Steen was developing his second career as a Barrister specialising in landlord and tenant and aviation law in Sir John Foster’s chambers.

His third career began in 1968, when Harold Wilson, then PM, invited Mr Steen to establish a national counterpart to London’s Task Force and, with government funds and a nation-wide campaign, Mr Steen established the Young Volunteer Force to involve young people in tackling problems in their own communities. From 1974 to 1983 Mr Steen represented Liverpool Wavertree as the only Conservative MP in the city.  As a result of boundary changes, Wavertree disappeared and, between 1983 and 2010, Mr Steen was MP in South Devon where he campaigned on a number of different issues and wrote a number of books. As a member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee, he came across a number of former victims of trafficking from Romania and, as a result, Mr Steen established an All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking to raise awareness in Parliament of this growing evil. This is now one of the largest and most successful APPGs in the Commons and the Lords.

In 2010, Mr Steen introduced an Anti-Slavery Day Bill, which became law one day before Parliament dissolved and resulted in Anti-Slavery Day being officially acknowledged each year on the 18th October.

On leaving Parliament in 2010, together with the Rt Hon. Clare Short and Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Mr Steen established a new foundation specifically to target human trafficking.  The Human Trafficking Foundation brings together NGOs throughout the country at forums and in working groups to produce reports and best practice initiatives.  In addition, the Foundation is at the helm of a European initiative funded by the European Commission to establish a network of parliamentarians against human trafficking in every EU parliament.

In 2015, Anthony was awarded CBE for his outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery. 

Vice Chair

Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss

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Called to the Bar in 1955, Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed a Registrar in the Registry Family Division in 1970 and subsequently a High Court Judge, Family Division (1979-1988). She was appointed to the Court of Appeal (1988–1999). From 1999 until her retirement in 2005, Lady Butler-Sloss was President of the Family Division. She was made Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green in 2006.

In 1987-88 she chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry and was chairman of the Security Commission between 1994 and 2005. She has been the Chancellor of the University of the West of England since 1993 and holds a number of Honorary Fellowships including St Hilda’s College, Oxford, King’s College, London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.

vice chair

Rt Hon Sir John Randall

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Sir John Randall was previously the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.  He was first elected in a by-election in July 1997 for the Uxbridge constituency.  He studied Serbo-Croat and Russian at London University before joining and running the family retail business in Uxbridge. He still maintained a day to day interest in the business until it was sold in 2012.

John was appointed an Opposition Whip and although he resigned his front bench position in order to vote against military action in Iraq he was reappointed a few months later and became Government Deputy Chief Whip in 2010. He stepped down from his ministerial position in October 2013 in order to give more time to issues such as the environment, conservation and modern slavery. In 2017, John was appointed special adviser on the environment to the Prime Minister.

treasurer

Paul Jackson

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Paul Jackson attended the University of St Andrews where he studied French Language and Literature. After graduation, he joined the Royal Navy in 1973 as a Supply and Secretariat Officer. He saw service at home and abroad in frigates and destroyers.   He was also ADC to the Governor of Gibraltar Sir David Williams and spent two years in the Royal Yacht Britannia. He served twice in the Ministry of Defence, in the fields of personnel and logistics. During his career he also attended the Royal Naval Staff College and the Joint Service Defence College.

On leaving the Royal Navy, he joined the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, based at the Houses of Parliament. He organised parliamentary seminars, conferences and visits in support of the Association’s aim of promoting parliamentary democracy and good governance across the Commonwealth. 

When he retired from Westminster, Paul joined the Board of the Human Trafficking Foundation as trustee and treasurer. He was previously both Vice-Chair of Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity that raises awareness of the disease and offers support to patients, and Chair of the De Morgan Foundation, which runs a museum in South London dedicated to the ceramics of William De Morgan and the paintings of his wife Evelyn De Morgan.

Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory

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David Heathcoat-Amory was MP for Wells for 27 years until 2010 and a government minister for 8 years. He served in the Departments of the Environment and Energy, then as Minister of State in the Foreign Office, where he was Minister for Europe and Latin America. He was then Paymaster General in the Treasury and appointed to the Privy Council.  Before becoming an MP he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and worked in industry. He is now chairman of London and Devonshire Trust Ltd, a house building company. 

He is married to Linda, an artist and potter, and they have two children. His hobbies are tree planting, fishing, and the promotion of hydro power.  He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a trustee of the Trade Policy Research Centre, as well as the Human Trafficking Foundation.

 

 

Vernon Coaker MP

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Vernon Coaker has been MP for Gedling in Nottinghamshire since 1997. 

Vernon served in the Labour Shadow Cabinet, as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and then Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.  He was elected by the Parliamentary Labour Party to be Shadow Minister of State for Policing.  He also served as the Shadow Minister of State for Schools, continuing the role he had occupied in government since 2009.  Vernon has also worked as Minister of State in the Home Office.

Earlier in his parliamentary career Vernon held the positions of Government Whip, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell (then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris (then Secretary of State for Education).  Vernon’s main policy interests are international development, foreign policy, education, animal welfare and the environment.

Before becoming a Minister, Vernon was one of the UNICEF’s “Special Friends” in Parliament.  In December 1998 he was part of a delegation that visited Kosovo to see UNICEF’s efforts in developing education.  In April 1999 he visited refugee camps in Macedonia, travelling out on a UNICEF cargo plane carrying emergency aid. In September 2001 he visited Angola to see the work of UNICEF projects providing housing, education and health programmes for children.

Vernon has a constituency office in Arnold and is committed to serving the people of Gedling.  Before becoming an MP, Vernon was Deputy Head Teacher at Bigwood School, Nottingham.  He also taught at the Manvers Pierrepont, Arnold Hill and Bramcote Park schools.  During this time, Vernon pursued an active role in local politics as a Borough Councillor.

Vernon is married to Jackie and they have a daughter and a son.  His interests include sport – he is a keen Spurs fan – walking and current affairs.