unseen's vision, mission and values

Unseen’s vision is a world without slavery. We aim to transform society’s response so all can live in a world free from such abuse and exploitation.
Call the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121 700

Unseen’s mission

We’re working to end modern slavery by empowering, equipping and influencing others to bring about positive and transformational change.


By empowering and supporting survivors through our specialist services we can enable them to recover safely and develop resilient, independent lives.

We identify key slavery and exploitation issues, and equip others with effective solutions through advice and training.
We use our experience, research and survivor stories to influence society and push for change in legislation, policy, business practice and consumer choices.
We hope that one day our work is no longer needed; that by working with communities, business, governments and other organisations we can stamp out slavery for good.

Unseen’s values

  • Collaborative: We recognise the advantages in combining our expertise with the contributions of others. We seek to build lasting partnerships to support, challenge and deliver the changes we are aiming for.
  • Honourable: We see the best in people and promote an environment of respect for each other and our partners. We are straightforward, trustworthy and truthful in all our work.
  • Ambitious: We want to go as far as possible. We strive for the highest standards in all we do, pushing for change, looking for solutions. Our conduct, treatment of others and provision all aim to exceed expectations.
  • Dynamic: We are motivated to deliver results that change lives. In order to drive solutions forward, we embrace innovation, boldness and positivity.
  • Insightful: We are knowledgeable, informed and up-to-date. Thoroughly researching issues is a priority for us as the best way we can provide targeted, effective solutions.

Support survivors
of modern slavery

We rely on the generosity of people like you for a substantial part of our income. Please donate to support one of our safehouses.

Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.