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.
The Group operates according to a human rights-based approach to protect the well-being and best interests of victims of human trafficking. It comprises thirteen leading UK-based anti-trafficking organisations: AFRUCA, Amnesty International UK, 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 and UNICEF UK. It also works closely with the Human Trafficking Foundation.
The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group plays a crucial part in our advocacy to improve the anti-slavery response of the UK Government.
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.
Download in PDF format: Real lives, real people: 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:
Members of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group
- Amnesty International UK
- Anti-Slavery International
- Ashiana Sheffield
- ECPAT UK
- Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
- Helen Bamber Foundation
- JustRight Scotland
- Law Centre NI
- The Snowdrop Project
- The TARA service
- UNICEF UK
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