Hamish Bryson

Anti-slavery charities call for a new approach to support survivors of modern slavery

Victims deserve a system that prioritises their safety and wellbeing. A new manifesto from Unseen and 12 other organisations supporting survivors calls for a fairer approach that puts victims first.

Anti-slavery charities call for a new approach to support survivors of modern slavery

Victims deserve a system that prioritises their safety and wellbeing. A new manifesto from Unseen and 12 other organisations supporting survivors calls for a fairer approach that puts victims first.

Unseen Business Awards 2024: Championing Anti-Slavery Industry Leaders

Open letter to the UK Prime Minister condemns the Safety of Rwanda Act

Unseen has joined 27 signatories across the anti-slavery sector, including survivors of modern slavery and other NGOs, in writing an open letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, urging the UK Government to reverse the new Safety of Rwanda Act.

Open letter to the UK Prime Minister condemns the Safety of Rwanda Act

Unseen has joined 27 signatories across the anti-slavery sector, including survivors of modern slavery and other NGOs, in writing an open letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, urging the UK Government to reverse the new Safety of Rwanda Act.

Calls to modern slavery helpline rise for fourth year running

The power of collective action: 2023 unseen business impact report

The Unseen 2023 Business Impact Report showcases our successful partnerships with businesses to tackle modern slavery. Discover the key highlights and how your company can be part of the solution.

The power of collective action: 2023 unseen business impact report

The Unseen 2023 Business Impact Report showcases our successful partnerships with businesses to tackle modern slavery. Discover the key highlights and how your company can be part of the solution.

10 ways to strengthen your modern slavery statement in construction

#LikestoLines: Protect your child from county lines online exploitation

County lines gangs are using social media to target, groom, and exploit children. Our #LikesToLines campaign empowers parents and professionals to keep them safe.

#LikestoLines: Protect your child from county lines online exploitation

County lines gangs are using social media to target, groom, and exploit children. Our #LikesToLines campaign empowers parents and professionals to keep them safe.

Climbing Kilimanjaro for Unseen: One man’s fight to end slavery

Join Unseen’s Inspiring International Women’s Day webinar

Join Unseen for an inspiring webinar on International Women’s Day, highlighting the extraordinary women driving progress in the fight against modern slavery. Hear captivating stories, gain expert insights, and be empowered to make a difference. Register now.

Join Unseen’s Inspiring International Women’s Day webinar

Join Unseen for an inspiring webinar on International Women’s Day, highlighting the extraordinary women driving progress in the fight against modern slavery. Hear captivating stories, gain expert insights, and be empowered to make a difference. Register now.

navigating supply chain legislation: key changes for businesses

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.