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Meet Unseen’s frontline heroes fighting modern slavery – webinar

Have you ever wondered about the faces behind the fight against modern slavery? This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Unseen invites you to meet the incredible frontline and helpline teams who are making a real difference in the lives of survivors.

Meet Unseen’s frontline heroes fighting modern slavery – webinar

Have you ever wondered about the faces behind the fight against modern slavery? This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Unseen invites you to meet the incredible frontline and helpline teams who are making a real difference in the lives of survivors.

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

Migrant care workers in the UK: How to tackle their exploitation

Justine Carter, Unseen Director, calls for a complete overhaul of the health and social care visa system to tackle the exploitation of migrant care workers.

Migrant care workers in the UK: How to tackle their exploitation

Justine Carter, Unseen Director, calls for a complete overhaul of the health and social care visa system to tackle the exploitation of migrant care workers.

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.

Is your easter chocolate ethically made?

10 ways to strengthen your modern slavery statement in construction

Feeling unsure about what your modern slavery statement says about you? We’ve reviewed 100 construction company modern slavery statements and found 10 key areas where you can improve.

10 ways to strengthen your modern slavery statement in construction

Feeling unsure about what your modern slavery statement says about you? We’ve reviewed 100 construction company modern slavery statements and found 10 key areas where you can improve.

#LikestoLines: Protect your child from county lines online exploitation

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.