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2016-17: WHERE WE WORK


Community Education for Former Slaves in Niger
Country: Niger
Duration: 2013-2017
Funder: Comic Relief
Summary: Descent based slavery is still practiced in West Africa. This project aims to support people emerging from slavery through six primary community schools in villages created by families trying to gain independence from their traditional “masters”. The schools function as a hub around which the communities flourish, providing quality primary education for children from slave descent for the first time, micro-credit for mothers’ cooperatives, awareness-raising on rights for both the children and their parents and advocacy for increased government responsiveness to their needs.

Justice for Survivors of Slavery in Mauritania
Country: Mauritania
Duration: 2014-2018 
Funder: United Nations Trust Fund on Violence against Women, Department of Labour, Freedom Fund
Summary: 80% of people affected by descent based slavery in Mauritania are women, who are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and forced and early marriage. The project engages with women emerging from slavery to facilitate their access to legal redress for slavery and all associated forms of violence committed against them. It also seeks changes to the legal and policy framework affecting women in slavery.

Child forced begging
Country: Senegal
Duration: 2014-2017 
Funder: Comic Relief
Summary: Up to 100,000 children in residential Quranic schools (daaras) in Senegal are forced to beg on the streets for around five hours each day; and many suffer mistreatment or neglect from their Quranic masters (marabouts). Most residential daaras do not charge students (talibés) for food, accommodation or studies (almost exclusively rote learning of the Quran), but instead send the children to beg for the marabouts. Our project aims to ensure effective and efficient state regulation of daaras, by working with: Quranic masters and associations to build positive responses to new laws; with local communities to help them assist and monitor daara compliance; and with national & international stakeholders to support and resource these efforts, and the Daara Inspectorate.

Child Domestic Workers

Country: Tanzania
Duration: 2016-2017 
Funder: Irish Aid
Summary: Child domestic work in Tanzania is almost entirely unregulated, creating high levels of vulnerability for child domestic workers (CDWs) who are mostly girls (over 80%) aged 10-18 years. Our project will improve protections and working conditions for CDWs in two districts of Mwanza, through extensive community dialogue leading to the adoption of local by-laws which provide an effective framework for oversight and intervention by the local governance structures, including street leaders, police, teachers, health workers and other duty bearers, and are effective in enabling CDWs to assert and claim their rights, with the support of the local authorities.


Ending brick kiln bonded labour
Country: India
Funders: Irish Aid 2012-2015; Big Lottery Fund September 2014- August 2017; US Trafficking In Persons October 2014 – September 2018; United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Jan 2015 – December 2016 (2 consecutive grants)
Summary: Despite its illegality, bonded labour is endemic within the brick industry in India. By combining a number of grants the project aims to eradicate bonded labour within 500 brick kilns in the Punjab by facilitating workers’ access to governmental entitlements and benefits, improving working conditions through engagement with kiln owners and government officers, and seeking implementation of employment and other legislation. It also supports workers experiencing extreme vulnerability and abuse to pursue legal action through the courts and emergency care when needed and empowers workers to organise themselves. As most kiln workers are internal migrants recruited from poorer states and are predominantly members of scheduled castes such as Dalits and indigenous groups, the project also works in states of origin, currently focusing on Chhattisgarh. Pre-migration awareness-raising rights and self-organisation enables workers migrating to work in kilns to be better protected against bondage.

Pre-Departure and Safe Migration

Country: India
Duration: July 2015- July 2016
Funder: UNISON July 2015- July 2016
Summary: This project aims to provide safe migration awareness training and information to 10,000 Indian men in north-eastern Uttar Pradesh that may migrate to the Gulf (Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia) to work in the construction sector.

Decent Work and Clean Bricks Project
Country: India
Funder: European Commission 2016-2019 (NB The funding for this project goes directly to the Centre for Education and Communication (CEC) and we are responsible for specific activities.)
Summary: This project covers seven states in India and aims to improve working conditions in the brick kilns and make them more environmentally friendly. The project is managed by one of our implementing partners in India, CEC.

Forced Labour and Cotton Crimes
Countries: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (with advocacy at the EU level)
Duration: 2014- 2017 (2 consecutive grants)
Funder: Open Society Initiative
Summary: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are among the largest producers of cotton in the world and this industry heavily relies on forced labour. Adults and even children are forced to pick cotton under harsh conditions. The project aims to call upon international institutions and the private sector (including retailers and cotton traders) to put pressure on the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to end the use of forced labour in the cotton industry. This is done through advocacy with the EU, the World Bank, UN bodies (in particular the ILO) and EU member state governments, as well as public campaigning to generate public demand for action and to put pressure on business to take responsibility within their supply chains to end forced labour in cotton fields.


Migrant Domestic Workers
Countries: Nepal and Lebanon
Duration: August 2014- July 2016
Funder: Open Society Initiative (OSI)
Summary: The project aims to reduce Nepalese migrant domestic workers’ vulnerability to abuse and domestic servitude in Lebanon, as well as to push for reforms to the current sponsorship system (kafala) which ties workers to their employers. The project aims at ensuring that Nepalese domestic workers migrating to Lebanon are able to protect themselves from exploitation and abuse, assert their rights and aims to ensure that governments in both countries are responsive to their needs. It also provides pre-departure orientation, promotes workers’ organisation in Lebanon, advocates for their rights and provides legal support for workers seeking redress.


Empowering Child Domestic Workers
Country: Peru
Duration: 2012-2017
Funder: Comic Relief
Summary: The project aims at reducing the vulnerability of CDWs to abuse and exploitation and remove the negative impacts that domestic work has on their physical and psychological well-being. It supports CDWs to feel confident to claim their rights and promotes a fundamental shift in the perception of CDW within society at all levels: from policy-makers to duty bearers, employers, families of CDWs and the public at large.


Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group
Country: UK
Duration: 2013-2016
Funders: Comic Relief and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Summary: The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group is a coalition of 11 organisations based in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The coalition came together in May 2009 to monitor the UK's implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Together the Group monitors the British Government’s implementation of the Convention and examines all types of trafficking, including internal trafficking and the trafficking of British nationals. The Group is dedicated to research, data analysis, reporting and advocacy activities, and it operates according to a human rights based approach to protect the well-being and best interests of trafficked persons.

Staff Wanted Initiative

Country: UK
Duration: 2014-2016
Funder: Trust for London
Summary: The project aimed to protect workers in the hospitality industry in the UK, particularly in London, against trafficking, forced labour and exploitation. It provided awareness-raising and empowered workers (especially migrant workers). The project facilitated partnerships with trade unions, business, agencies and local authorities to strengthen protection. Main activities included roundtables bringing different stakeholders together, advocacy for improving and strengthening regulations, the distribution of awareness raising materials and legal work to identify opportunities for exploited hotel workers to pursue redress.


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