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​Time to listen to survivors – write to your MP

Efforts to stop modern slavery will always fall short unless the lived experience of survivors is listened to. Take action now

​Time to listen to survivors – write to your MP

Efforts to stop modern slavery will always fall short unless the lived experience of survivors is listened to. Take action now

​A new look unseen

Andrew Wallis, Unseen CEO, on Unseen’s new branding.

​A new look unseen

Andrew Wallis, Unseen CEO, on Unseen’s new branding.

​Unseen’s County Lines campaign

Research conducted for Unseen reveals that a third (32%) of UK adults do not know what County Lines is. Some have never even heard of the term.

​Unseen’s County Lines campaign

Research conducted for Unseen reveals that a third (32%) of UK adults do not know what County Lines is. Some have never even heard of the term.

OPEN LETTER TO G7 HEADS OF STATE

The Cornwall G7 summit is “a critical opportunity to demonstrate the political will to rebuild the global economy free from modern slavery”. Read the open letter to G7 heads from leaders in the anti-slavery sector.

OPEN LETTER TO G7 HEADS OF STATE

The Cornwall G7 summit is “a critical opportunity to demonstrate the political will to rebuild the global economy free from modern slavery”. Read the open letter to G7 heads from leaders in the anti-slavery sector.

​SMARTPHONES VITAL FOR SURVIVOR WELLBEING

Access to online services through mobile technology is essential for survivors of modern slavery – and should be considered a necessary element of survivor support. That’s the conclusion of a new report jointly published by Unseen and Bristol University’s ARC West.

​SMARTPHONES VITAL FOR SURVIVOR WELLBEING

Access to online services through mobile technology is essential for survivors of modern slavery – and should be considered a necessary element of survivor support. That’s the conclusion of a new report jointly published by Unseen and Bristol University’s ARC West.

3 REASONS WHY BUSINESS MUST FOCUS ON SLAVERY

With their economic muscle and global connections, businesses have a huge part to play in helping eradicate modern slavery. A key part of this is publishing an annual modern slavery statement, which reports on the steps a company is taking to tackle exploitation.

3 REASONS WHY BUSINESS MUST FOCUS ON SLAVERY

With their economic muscle and global connections, businesses have a huge part to play in helping eradicate modern slavery. A key part of this is publishing an annual modern slavery statement, which reports on the steps a company is taking to tackle exploitation.

SEXUAL AND CRIMINAL SLAVERY UP DURING COVID

Reports of sexual and criminal exploitation increased dramatically during the pandemic, figures from Unseen’s Helpline reveal.

SEXUAL AND CRIMINAL SLAVERY UP DURING COVID

Reports of sexual and criminal exploitation increased dramatically during the pandemic, figures from Unseen’s Helpline reveal.

FORCED LABOUR IN MALAYSIA – WHAT THE UK CAN DO

Malaysia is in denial about the forced labour problem in some of its biggest companies, and the UK Government could be doing much more to stop this modern form of slavery.

FORCED LABOUR IN MALAYSIA – WHAT THE UK CAN DO

Malaysia is in denial about the forced labour problem in some of its biggest companies, and the UK Government could be doing much more to stop this modern form of slavery.

LABOUR ABUSE CAMPAIGN TARGETS LEICESTER

Unseen is launching a new campaign in March 2021 to raise awareness and reporting of labour abuse among clothing workers in the Leicester area.

LABOUR ABUSE CAMPAIGN TARGETS LEICESTER

Unseen is launching a new campaign in March 2021 to raise awareness and reporting of labour abuse among clothing workers in the Leicester area.

UNSEEN’S PLANS FOR 2021; WORK WITH US

As we emerge from Covid-19 in 2021, the near future is still uncertain. Who knows what life beyond the pandemic will look like – to say nothing of a UK post-Brexit? But at Unseen we will be keeping our focus on stamping out slavery and have big plans for the year ahead. Here is a flavour of what Unseen has in store for 2021.

UNSEEN’S PLANS FOR 2021; WORK WITH US

As we emerge from Covid-19 in 2021, the near future is still uncertain. Who knows what life beyond the pandemic will look like – to say nothing of a UK post-Brexit? But at Unseen we will be keeping our focus on stamping out slavery and have big plans for the year ahead. Here is a flavour of what Unseen has in store for 2021.
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.