Modern slavery is a brutal form of serious and organised crime that exploits the most vulnerable, desperate people of our society – that is why we established the Modern Slavery Policy Unit.

Ruthless criminals target men, women, children of all nationalities and backgrounds coercing them into sexual exploitation, criminal and fraudulent activity, forced labour and domestic servitude with the sole purpose of receiving an illicit financial gain.

In 2013 the Home Office estimated that there could be as many as 13,000 potential victims in the UK. Global Slavery Index 2018 estimated that there could be as many as 136,000 victims in the UK. The official statistics show that there were 7,284 adults and children identified as potential victims of modern slavery in the first nine months of 2019, which is more than for the whole of 2018 – 6,895 potential victims. The true scale of this crime remains unknown.

In 2013 the Centre for Social Justice published its ground-breaking report on modern slavery – ‘It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery’. The headline recommendation, a new Modern Slavery Act, was taken up by the Government and the Act came into law in 2015. Since then Britain has made important progress against modern slavery, but we are losing the fight.

The Modern Slavery Policy Unit

The Modern Slavery Policy Unit, co-led by Justice and Care UK and the Centre for Social Justice, has been created with the core mission – to keep modern slavery at the top of the British political agenda to ensure we fight the crime appropriately. This means better understanding of the nature and scale of modern slavery, increased investment and sophisticated national response to fight it appropriately.

Keeping modern slavery at the top of the British political agenda.

Utilising frontline practitioners, hard-hitting evidence-based ideas, a new understanding about the scale of the abuse and listening to the survivor voices, our Unit will catalyse the political leadership we need and achieve the systemic change to make the difference. We will work on a cross-party basis, bringing together and equipping strong caucus of parliamentarians to lead. Our task is to set Britain’s fight against modern slavery on course for the next 5-10 years.

Our key priorities are:

  1. Developing a new support deal for victims of modern slavery that will enable their full recovery, including supporting victims in the long and arduous process of the criminal prosecution of their traffickers and safely returning home, should they wish to do so.
  2. Bringing traffickers to justice and increasing the use of powers under the Modern Slavery Act which introduced live sentences for the perpetrators of this crime. There are now more live law enforcement investigations than ever before – nearly 2000 in December 2019 compared to a few hundred in 2016. However, the rate of prosecutions and convictions has not seen a proportional increase and still remains appallingly low.

Tatiana Gren-Jardan, Head of Modern Slavery Policy Unit

Tatiana has joined Justice and Care in October 2019 as the Head of the Modern Slavery Policy Unit jointly created with the Centre for Social Justice. She has extensive experience working in the field of tackling modern slavery and human trafficking for over 15 years.

In her previous role as the Director of Strategy for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Tatiana had responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the Commissioner’s strategic priorities working closely with the team of policy leads. She joined the Commissioner’s team as Victim Support and Partnership Adviser – her main area of expertise.

Previously, Tatiana worked for the Human Trafficking Foundation in a variety of roles starting as Anti-Slavery Day coordinator in May 2012 and taking on the Director’s role in February 2015.

The Modern Slavery Policy Unit is run in partnership with the Centre for Social Justice.

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