Support Us in our work with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking appears to be on the increase.  The illicit nature of this activity means that accurate data is hard to find.  However it is estimated that currently there is an estimated 13,000 enslaved in the UK. In 2015 the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) who provide safe home provision for survivors, received 3266 referrals, a 40% increase from 2014, 74% higher than 2013. The NRM provides these ‘survivors’ with up to 45 days in a safe house.  In the West Midlands there was a 127% increase from 2014-2015 in the number of NRM referrals and the second highest location of presentation of potential victims (314 people). Fewer than 10% of those enslaved go to the police.

Being rescued and moved into a safe house is only the start of the journey for a survivor of human trafficking.  Over 30% of survivors originate from inside the EU.  This means that technically they are EU migrants and, unless they can get special leave to remain, they will have no recourse to public benefits when their 45 days in the safe house ends.  The consequence of this is that many are becoming homeless and destitute which makes them vulnerable to re-trafficking or alternatively to a life of crime, drug/alcohol abuse and mental health problems.

Finding paid, sustainable employment in the UK is becoming increasingly critical for these individuals. Currently many come from countries within the EU and from 1st November 2014 benefits eligibility for EU migrants was reduced, there is no exemption for victims of trafficking. At the moment, victims can claim up to 3 months Job Seekers allowance and no housing benefit, which means that without paid work, they face homelessness and destitution. Our experience, and that of our expert colleagues working in this field, is that 3 months is simply not enough time to learn sufficient English, gain confidence in the workplace and recover from the trauma of exploitation.

There is also a significant gap in the provision of work placement opportunities in Birmingham for all disadvantaged groups, but particularly for victims of human trafficking. Jericho is seeking to fill this gap by providing a work experience programme specifically for victims of human trafficking.

 

How can you support us?

To support us in our work with turning Victims of Trafficking into Survivors, please:

Donate to our charity – The Jericho Foundation

or

See the range of Social Enterprises we offer our local communities

 

What strengths and opportunities do we see in our community?

Victims of human trafficking are generally capable, hardworking individuals who want to take responsibility for themselves and their families but who have been duped, abused and exploited. Often they cannot go home as the risk of further exploitation is extremely high.

With the right opportunities and support, victims of human trafficking can become significant net contributors to the UK culture and economy and Jericho can play a significant role in supporting them with this transition.

 

How can Jericho help?

We operate 8 social enterprise businesses embedded in the local communities which could provide on-the-job training, work experience and employment opportunities for victims of human trafficking. These being Retail, Printing, Graphic design, Administration, Driving, Landscaping, Catering, Recycling, Construction and Commercial Cleaning

We have a team of mentors, trainers and job coaches who deliver personal development, employability skills and personal support. A programme of voluntary and paid work experience combined with employability skills training and an individually tailored package of wrap around holistic support would be an extremely effective way of improving outcomes for this client group.

Our goal will be to help clients progress from being victims, to surviving, and ultimately to thriving enabling this community to overcome their isolation and fragmentation and encourage inclusion, connection and integration.

Jericho is currently the only organisation in Birmingham (and possibly the UK) with the experience, expertise and resources to deliver a programme of work experience, training and tailored support, to enable victims of human trafficking to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

 

How can you support us?

To support us in our work with turning Victims of Trafficking into Survivors, please:

Donate to our charity – The Jericho Foundation

or

See the range of Social Enterprises we offer our local communities

 

 

 

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