UK and Europe
In 2018 we started our operational work in the UK and began our work in Europe by launching our office in Romania at the end of 2020. In the UK we work through our pilot Navigator Programme. The programme is now expanding and at the start of 2021, our specialist team are now embedded across five police and border forces, spanning the country.
Our Navigators are given unparalleled access to cases, with the highest security clearance, to provide specialist knowledge from the very start of investigations and provide support to victims. Our Navigators help bridge the gap between victims and the criminal justice system.
“It is a privilege to be able to support a victim to rebuild their lives.”
– Victim Navigator, Metropolitan Police
We have exciting plans for Europe, including the recent launch of our new Justice and Care office in Romania. We are excited about the opportunities our Romanian team will provide in the fight against human trafficking. Romania is often a source country for victims of human trafficking, who end up exploited in other parts of Europe, the UK and right across the world.
Ileana arrived in the UK from Romania on her 19th birthday with three other people, on a ferry at Dover. Border Force police were suspicious and, although Ileana said everything was fine, using new protocols drawn up with Justice and Care, one of our Victim Navigators was called in to help.
She opened up to our Victim Navigator – bursting into tears and revealing she had been trafficked into sexual exploitation both in Romania and in the UK. She was terrified and vulnerable.
Her account led to two of those in the car being arrested, and since charged – and another victim released. Supported by our Navigator, Ileana gave key intelligence that has led to the identification of others in the criminal network.
We have helped Ileana return to Romania where we are now supporting her to rebuild her life.