Annual Review 2023
I am incredibly proud that the work of Hope for Justice reached more people than ever before this year, and there is no doubt that our efforts are needed more than ever.
There are over 200,000 people whose lives have been touched in some way by our work in just 12 months. Among them: a young girl, sold by her family and trafficked for sex but now safe at our Lighthouse; a male survivor of forced labour who finally feels stable and supported enough to give evidence against his abusers; a police officer whose understanding of modern slavery was very shallow, until our specialist training; a mother in a poor, rural village who had been close to believing a broker’s promises about a ‘good job’ for her children, until she attended one of our community trafficking prevention initiatives and realised that instead her children would almost certainly be sold into brothels, street-begging or domestic servitude; a teenage boy who thought he had made a friend on a gaming app, but the person behind the profile was 30 years older and a convicted kidnapper. I could go on, with 200,000 more examples.
Our work reached all these people at a time when we have been seeing the continuing fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the associated crisis of displaced, vulnerable people and the gangs targeting them. The after-effects of the Covid pandemic and the lockdowns continued to have an impact, especially in certain countries where we work. We have had to adapt some of our programmes because of the impact of rising costs, financial pressures on donors, and shifting strategic priorities. This has been difficult: we are seeing urgent need, and we want to be expanding our programmes to meet that need.
Around the world, there have been some real positives in terms of public, government and business awareness and action on this issue. Many more businesses became members or clients of Slave-Free Alliance, our social enterprise that stands alongside organisations to help them mitigate risks and protect their supply chains, which ultimately protects vulnerable workers from being trafficked and exploited.
Ending human trafficking for good is going to take us all, coming together with a single purpose and with a belief that change is possible. Thank you for being with us.
CEO, Hope for Justice
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Our Impact: This Year’s Achievements
Men, women, boys and girls
reached through our work
This is our largest reach figure in our history, and the first time we have managed to reach more than 200,000 people.
A higher proportion of our reach figure this year compared to last was direct service provision to beneficiaries, at 25% of people reached, up from 21% last year.
Examples of direct reach include people directly rescued from modern slavery, helped through aftercare, professionals given intensive training and people participating in our Self-Help Groups.
Indirect reach means family members of our beneficiaries who indirectly benefitted from our work, those attending community anti-trafficking awareness and education events, and those reached through online and virtual outreach sessions.
Children and teenagers
Reintegrated with their families or assisted into independent living
Participated in one of our Self-Help Groups
With 12 new groups established this year
Trained globally via 293 training sessions
Reached through community education and awareness sessions, child wellbeing clubs, community conversations, and child protection committees
Of modern slavery or human trafficking removed from their situation of exploitation (either direct or assisted)
Supported by our Independent Modern Slavery Advocates (IMSAs), plus 17 family members and dependents
Received our most intensive one-on-one service provision, at Lighthouse shelters, from our Hub / Regional Centre teams, or our IMSAs
Engaged through outreach services globally, including potential victims of trafficking and those most vulnerable to it
Of Slave-Free Alliance at the time of publication, including 14 FTSE 100 businesses