About the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group
Anti-Slavery International hosts and chairs the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s implementation of European anti-trafficking legislation. The group examines all types of human trafficking, including internal trafficking and the trafficking of British nationals.
ATMG operates according to a human rights-based approach to protect the well-being and best interests of victims of human trafficking. It comprises seventeen leading UK-based anti-trafficking organisations: Anti-Slavery International, Ashiana Sheffield, Bawso, ECPAT UK, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Helen Bamber Foundation, Kalayaan, Law Centre (NI), the Snowdrop Project, the TARA service, JustRight Scotland, UNICEF UK, the Children’s Law Centre, Flourish Northern Ireland, the East European Resource Centre, the Scottish Refugee Council and Hope for Justice. It also works closely with the Human Trafficking Foundation.
ATMG plays a crucial part in our advocacy to improve the anti-slavery response of the UK Government.
Call for research participation
ATMG is currently looking at the role and function of the Recovery Needs Assessment Policy (RNA) in practice.
Since 2019 the RNA has been used by modern slavery advocates in the Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract. Potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery have their individual support needs assessed on entry to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and through contact with their support worker while they remain in the system awaiting a decision on their trafficking case. The RNA is conducted after a victim has been conclusively found to be a victim of trafficking and exists to help support workers to work with victims to develop recommendations for support where they have ongoing recovery needs.
We want to hear from people with lived experience of the RNA, and stakeholders across the anti-trafficking sector, to help us understand how the policy is working. We will be holding several round-tables and focus groups in the coming months to discuss how the policy is working in practice. While the forum will be an open discussion, ATMG has developed the following themes and will use these to help guide discussion between participants during the event:
- The policy in practice: its application process, understanding and training
- Health and wellbeing of those involved
- Long-term outcomes
The feedback from these sessions will help us to provide practical recommendations on how the policy can be improved.
If you have lived experience of the RNA and feel able to contribute to this work, please complete this form so that we can contact you to make arrangements to discuss the project further.
We will hold a round-table discussion about this work online on 20 July; any stakeholder in the anti-trafficking sector would be welcome to join us. To attend, please register here.
The group has published reports and briefing papers on human trafficking in the UK, focusing on the three ‘Ps’; prevention, protection and prosecution. The research findings form the basis of the coalition’s advocacy for improvements in the UK’s response to trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.
In 2019, the coalition marks its ten years’ anniversary. To mark the occasion and take stock of its efforts to hold the UK Government to account, it published a report Real people, real lives. 10 years of advocacy for victims of slavery in the UK.
The key successes of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group include:
- Influencing the UK Government’s decision to sign the Council of Europe Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in 2009. This led to the provision of a legal basis for policies and the initiation of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the UK’s primary support system for identified victims of slavery.
- Since its initiation the coalition has successfully advocated for the provisions within the mechanism to be improved and to be more victim-centred.
- The ATMG was instrumental in identifying the human rights violations and failures in identification of victims, associated with treating victims as immigration problems first and victims second.
- The ATMG was instrumental in the shaping of the Modern Slavery Act, including introduction of Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTG), measures to protect victims from being prosecuted and the introduction of an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
- A reversal of the Home Office decision to cut the rate of subsistence support provided to over 1,000 victims of trafficking. The cuts to subsistence rates had made it extremely difficult for victims to rebuild their lives, making them more vulnerable to re-trafficking.
- The ATMG provided evidence to the court case that forced the Government to drop the 45 days limit for providing support for survivors and obliged it to design a system providing them long term support fulfilling their individual needs.
Agents for Change is a briefing that shares reflections on the lessons and challenges of a small research team originally formed to conduct research on long-term outcomes for survivors of slavery in the UK in 2020. The team consisted of three women with lived experience of modern slavery and the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG). Co-written by survivors and non-survivors of slavery or exploitation, this briefing shares collective and individual reflections on the process of working and learning together to date.
Download PDF: Agents for Change
Watch and listen to the Podcast series on Youtube:
Together with Survivor Alliance, The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) has published its response to The New Immigration Plan. Together, both groups set out why the Government’s New Plan for Immigration will leave people more vulnerable to exploitation. We also discuss how the New Plan for Immigration has not benefited from the wealth of lived experience. People with lived experience of course understand the operational details of how these systems play out in practice and are best placed to test and explain what does and what does not work.
Download PDF: Immigration Plan Consultation
This briefing reviews the provisions of the recently established Multi-Agency Assurance Panels (MAAPs) to date, assessing the extent to which they contribute to robust and transparent decision-making in the NRM.
Download in PDF format: Real people, real lives: Ten years of advocacy for victims of slavery in the UK.
The latest research report entitled ‘Before the Harm is Done’ analyses action taken in the UK since 2012, relating to the prevention of human trafficking. The report assesses the extent to which it contributes to the UK’s implementation of the 2005 Council of Europe Trafficking Convention and the EU Trafficking Directive requirements.
Download the report in a PDF format: Before the Harm is Done
- Call for evidence: recovery needs for victims of modern slavery (7th August 2020)
- Letter to the Home Office on the Recovery Needs Assessment (RNA) guidance (4th November 2019)
Members of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group
- Anti-Slavery International
- Ashiana Sheffield
- Children’s Law Centre
- Eastern European Resource Centre (EERC)
- ECPAT UK
- Flourish Northern Ireland
- Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
- Helen Bamber Foundation
- Hope for Justice
- JustRight Scotland
- Law Centre NI
- Scottish Refugee Council
- The Snowdrop Project
- The TARA service
- UNICEF UK
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