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

Inspired by Unseen’s mission, dedicated supporter, Ian Hawkins, took on the challenge of climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for our fight against modern slavery. Discover his inspiring journey and how you can join the fight.

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

Inspired by Unseen’s mission, dedicated supporter, Ian Hawkins, took on the challenge of climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for our fight against modern slavery. Discover his inspiring journey and how you can join the fight.

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Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visits Unseen

Eleanor Lyons says she would like to see all political parties making clear committments to protecting victims of modern slavery and bringing criminals to justice.

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visits Unseen

Eleanor Lyons says she would like to see all political parties making clear committments to protecting victims of modern slavery and bringing criminals to justice.

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.

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navigating supply chain legislation: key changes for businesses

Stay compliant with evolving international supply chain legislation. Our guide simplifies these crucial changes and empowers you to confidently adapt your business practices.

navigating supply chain legislation: key changes for businesses

Stay compliant with evolving international supply chain legislation. Our guide simplifies these crucial changes and empowers you to confidently adapt your business practices.

modern slavery and climate risks permeate public procurement

A groundbreaking report reveals blind spots in public procurement exposing public sector organisations to modern slavery and climate risks. Download the report to see actionable steps for policymakers, buyers, and suppliers to achieve ethical and sustainable spending.

modern slavery and climate risks permeate public procurement

A groundbreaking report reveals blind spots in public procurement exposing public sector organisations to modern slavery and climate risks. Download the report to see actionable steps for policymakers, buyers, and suppliers to achieve ethical and sustainable spending.

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Unseen’s statement on the Rwanda Bill

Unseen opposes the controversial Rwanda Bill as it jeopardizes the rights of vulnerable individuals, violates human rights laws and international treaties, and signals a concerning shift in the UK’s commitment to combatting modern slavery.

Unseen’s statement on the Rwanda Bill

Unseen opposes the controversial Rwanda Bill as it jeopardizes the rights of vulnerable individuals, violates human rights laws and international treaties, and signals a concerning shift in the UK’s commitment to combatting modern slavery.

Unseen’s 2023 round-up

Explore Unseen’s 2023 round-up as we mark 15 years fighting modern slavery and exploitation. From an upsurge in Helpline calls to pioneering new business initiatives and supporting survivor-led advocacy, discover how we’re one step closer towards a world without slavery – all thanks to your support.

Unseen’s 2023 round-up

Explore Unseen’s 2023 round-up as we mark 15 years fighting modern slavery and exploitation. From an upsurge in Helpline calls to pioneering new business initiatives and supporting survivor-led advocacy, discover how we’re one step closer towards a world without slavery – all thanks to your support.

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2023 Big Give Christmas appeal: thank you to those who donated

The Big Give Christmas Appeal is over for 2023. You donated an amazing £57,888 towards keeping our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline open. You can still donate in support of our work or fundraise for us.

2023 Big Give Christmas appeal: thank you to those who donated

The Big Give Christmas Appeal is over for 2023. You donated an amazing £57,888 towards keeping our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline open. You can still donate in support of our work or fundraise for us.

worker wellbeing in construction: our findings and what you can do

Explore the crucial role of Worker Wellbeing in construction with Unseen’s comprehensive Worker Wellbeing site visits. Discover key issues affecting workers and learn practical recommendations for improvement.

worker wellbeing in construction: our findings and what you can do

Explore the crucial role of Worker Wellbeing in construction with Unseen’s comprehensive Worker Wellbeing site visits. Discover key issues affecting workers and learn practical recommendations for improvement.

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Modern slavery in construction is on the rise

What you need to know about modern slavery and labour abuse in the construction sector and on building sites – and what we all can do about it.

Modern slavery in construction is on the rise

What you need to know about modern slavery and labour abuse in the construction sector and on building sites – and what we all can do about it.
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.