Anti-Slavery Day – Bringing Hope to Survivors of Modern Slavery

More still needs to be done, says Jericho

Today, 18th October, marks World Anti-Slavery Day. According to the latest estimates from the Global Slavery Index, the UK has over 136,000 victims of Modern Slavery; Birmingham has the highest levels of Modern Slavery, outside London.

Jericho is proud to be a member of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, which brings together statutory agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councils, alongside charities and other agencies, to tackle this heinous crime.

Equiano is a bespoke project that enables Survivors of Modern Slavery to work or volunteer in Jericho’s Social Enterprises, at a pace they are comfortable with. They concurrently receive holistic support and signposting to specialist services from our People Support Team, to further enable their reintegration into society.

Project Manager, Louise Gore, said, “As we mark Anti-Slavery Day, I am reminded that we can all play our part in the fight against Modern Slavery. Here at Jericho, the employment and support that we offer Survivors through our Equiano Project, helps to restore and rebuild lives, breaking the cycle of exploitation.”

Gore continues, “We also work closely with a number of other agencies; through the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, and partners such as Adavu, and the Sophie Hayes Foundation, who both share our office space. We also have an ongoing partnership with Hope for Justice, which has proven invaluable in supporting these Survivors. We are looking forward to more stories of people finding freedom through the support we give.”

As one of our supported Survivors says,

“I have worked in the UK before, but never have been paid. Now I have paid holiday; I feel like a king!”

To find out more about Modern Slavery, and how Jericho supports them, you can read more here.

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