Hope for Justice is proud to have been shortlisted in the Charity Awards 2017 in the Campaigning and Advocacy category.
The independent judging panel for the awards were seeking “outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from” and recognised Hope for Justice’s innovative Hub model for investigations and rescues.
The model, pioneered in West Yorkshire and since replicated with great success in the West Midlands and Tennessee, is based on regional specialist teams building deep relationships within local communities to improve victim identification rates and, ultimately, rescues from modern slavery.
Hope for Justice facilitates the West Yorkshire Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and since February 2016, we have also been responsible for coordinating the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network. This brings together Police and Crime Commissioners from across England and Wales, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and representatives from the National Police Chiefs Council and the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit to improve collaboration and the nationwide response to modern slavery in all its forms.
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said recently: “Hope for Justice are a key organisation in raising awareness, providing expertise and giving the best support to victims. I thank them for the difference they have made in West Yorkshire and further afield in this fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.”
The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony.
The winners will be announced at an event on June 8, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, said: “Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.”
John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, added: “Nominees on the shortlist this year are examples of large and small charities at their very best. They are truly leaders in their field innovating, supporting and helping people in communities across the UK and overseas.”