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ABOUT THE BILL

Victims of modern slavery in England and Wales currently have no legal right to support.

 

The Government provides victims with a limited period of care on a non-statutory basis while the authorities decide if the person is a victim, but then the support ends. 

 

Lord McColl of Dulwich has brought forward a Bill in the House of Lords to put this right.  His Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill will give victims in England and Wales a guaranteed right to support during the initial period when the decision about the status is being made, and for a further minimum of 12 months afterwards. 

 

WHY WE

NEED IT

Organisations that support victims have said that a minimum of 12 months of support and permission to be in the UK is the minimum length of time victims need to give them a stable foundation for recovery.

This Bill will protect victims from being vulnerable to re-trafficking, as well as allowing a direct pathway to recovery, ensuring quality of care, and making sure victims’ rights are guaranteed after Brexit.

 

SEBASTIAN

“The number one thing that should be provided for victims of trafficking is stable housing.  I don’t think they should have to work for three months because you need time to adjust to your new circumstances, reintegrate into normal society, recover and learn how to trust people”

MAYA

"I spent years accepting that what my life had become couldn't and wouldn't ever change. It was impossible for me to speak out and nobody around me took any notice of the signs right in front of them."

 

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CONTACT YOUR MP

Thank you for the work that you are doing to represent our constituency.   

  

I'm emailing today about the Report Stage of the Nationality and Borders Bill which takes place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December.   

  

As my MP, please will you strongly support and, if pushed to a division, vote for NC47.   

  

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being heralded by the Government as ‘fair but firm’. However, whilst measures in the Bill are intended to take a ‘firm’ approach on immigration and prevent abuse of the asylum system, they are not at all ‘fair’ for victims of modern slavery.  

  

NC47 will replace clause 64 to provide a much fairer system for victims who have been identified by the Government as being victims of modern slavery.  NC47 is based on Lord McColl and Sir Iain Duncan Smith’s Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, which is supported by the Free for Good campaign, a coalition of 27 organisations who believe that long term support is essential to a victim’s recovery.  

 

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being considered at the same time as the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill is going through the House of Lords.   The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords on Monday 29th November. 

 

This demonstrates a continued and doubled emphasis on the urgent need to provide 12 months of statutory support and leave to remain for confirmed victims of modern slavery. 

 

NC47 would provide new long-term statutory support for victims in England and Wales.  It would also provide leave to remain for all confirmed victims in the UK for at least 12 months to receive support, assist police with their enquiries, or seek compensation.  

  

As the Bill stands:  

  

It’s not fair that the Bill’s statutory support for victims in England and Wales ends when it is confirmed they are a victim.  

It’s not fair to make changes to the current discretionary leave to remain criteria which will make it stricter and narrower.  

It’s not fair that confirmed victims do not currently receive the long-term support which evidence has shown is crucial to enable them to begin to rebuild their lives following exploitation.  

  

NC47 would be fair for victims; providing confirmed victims with much needed longer-term support to help them recover, ensure they are not re-trafficked, and provide them with stability and security to enable them to engage with the criminal justice system to bring their perpetrators to justice.   

  

NC47 would be firm on perpetrators; by providing certainty and security, victims could engage with police and prosecutors so that in the longer term, perpetrators could be dealt with firmly.  The current conviction rate is very low, so it is in the Government’s interest to ensure that traffickers are brought to justice.    

  

Please do support NC47 which will be both firm on perpetrators and fair to victims of modern slavery.  

Thank you for the work that you are doing to represent our constituency.   

  

I'm emailing today about the Report Stage of the Nationality and Borders Bill which takes place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December.   

  

As my MP, please will you strongly support and, if pushed to a division, vote for NC47.   

  

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being heralded by the Government as ‘fair but firm’. However, whilst measures in the Bill are intended to take a ‘firm’ approach on immigration and prevent abuse of the asylum system, they are not at all ‘fair’ for victims of modern slavery.  

  

NC47 will replace clause 64 to provide a much fairer system for victims who have been identified by the Government as being victims of modern slavery.  NC47 is based on Lord McColl and Sir Iain Duncan Smith’s Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, which is supported by the Free for Good campaign, a coalition of 27 organisations who believe that long term support is essential to a victim’s recovery.  

 

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being considered at the same time as the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill is going through the House of Lords.   The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords on Monday 29th November. 

 

This demonstrates a continued and doubled emphasis on the urgent need to provide 12 months of statutory support and leave to remain for confirmed victims of modern slavery. 

 

NC47 would provide new long-term statutory support for victims in England and Wales.  It would also provide leave to remain for all confirmed victims in the UK for at least 12 months to receive support, assist police with their enquiries, or seek compensation.  

  

As the Bill stands:  

  

It’s not fair that the Bill’s statutory support for victims in England and Wales ends when it is confirmed they are a victim.  

It’s not fair to make changes to the current discretionary leave to remain criteria which will make it stricter and narrower.  

It’s not fair that confirmed victims do not currently receive the long-term support which evidence has shown is crucial to enable them to begin to rebuild their lives following exploitation.  

  

NC47 would be fair for victims; providing confirmed victims with much needed longer-term support to help them recover, ensure they are not re-trafficked, and provide them with stability and security to enable them to engage with the criminal justice system to bring their perpetrators to justice.   

  

NC47 would be firm on perpetrators; by providing certainty and security, victims could engage with police and prosecutors so that in the longer term, perpetrators could be dealt with firmly.  The current conviction rate is very low, so it is in the Government’s interest to ensure that traffickers are brought to justice.    

  

Please do support NC47 which will be both firm on perpetrators and fair to victims of modern slavery.  

It is really important that MPs hear from their constituents about why we need the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill. Please contact your MP today. Search your postcode to generate a ready-made email to send to your MP.

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Thank you for the work that you are doing to represent our constituency.   

  

I'm emailing today about the Report Stage of the Nationality and Borders Bill which takes place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December.   

  

As my MP, please will you strongly support and, if pushed to a division, vote for NC47.   

  

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being heralded by the Government as ‘fair but firm’. However, whilst measures in the Bill are intended to take a ‘firm’ approach on immigration and prevent abuse of the asylum system, they are not at all ‘fair’ for victims of modern slavery.  

  

NC47 will replace clause 64 to provide a much fairer system for victims who have been identified by the Government as being victims of modern slavery.  NC47 is based on Lord McColl and Sir Iain Duncan Smith’s Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, which is supported by the Free for Good campaign, a coalition of 27 organisations who believe that long term support is essential to a victim’s recovery.  

 

The Nationality and Borders Bill is being considered at the same time as the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill is going through the House of Lords.   The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords on Monday 29th November. 

 

This demonstrates a continued and doubled emphasis on the urgent need to provide 12 months of statutory support and leave to remain for confirmed victims of modern slavery. 

 

NC47 would provide new long-term statutory support for victims in England and Wales.  It would also provide leave to remain for all confirmed victims in the UK for at least 12 months to receive support, assist police with their enquiries, or seek compensation.  

  

As the Bill stands:  

  

It’s not fair that the Bill’s statutory support for victims in England and Wales ends when it is confirmed they are a victim.  

It’s not fair to make changes to the current discretionary leave to remain criteria which will make it stricter and narrower.  

It’s not fair that confirmed victims do not currently receive the long-term support which evidence has shown is crucial to enable them to begin to rebuild their lives following exploitation.  

  

NC47 would be fair for victims; providing confirmed victims with much needed longer-term support to help them recover, ensure they are not re-trafficked, and provide them with stability and security to enable them to engage with the criminal justice system to bring their perpetrators to justice.   

  

NC47 would be firm on perpetrators; by providing certainty and security, victims could engage with police and prosecutors so that in the longer term, perpetrators could be dealt with firmly.  The current conviction rate is very low, so it is in the Government’s interest to ensure that traffickers are brought to justice.    

  

Please do support NC47 which will be both firm on perpetrators and fair to victims of modern slavery.  

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