Victims receive compensation following the conviction of their traffickers

ATLEU acted for 18 victims who have all received compensation following criminal proceedings which were brought against their traffickers. 

What did ATLEU do? 

Awards of compensation arising from the confiscation of traffickers assets are few and far between. 

ATLEU worked closely with Hope for Justice to ensure that steps were taken to seek compensation for these victims. We hope that this is beginning of these orders being made as a matter of course in criminal proceedings. 

For more on this see Hope for Justice's news story.

New report on supporting adult survivors of slavery

The support currently provided to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery is not meeting their needs, finds a new report by The Human Trafficking Foundation and their partners.

Among the report's key recommendations is that a positive conclusive grounds decision must carry status. At present, the conclusive grounds decision makes very little difference to a victim’s life in practice. Some victims even receive the decision that they have been conclusively identified as trafficked together with a letter telling them they have no leave to remain in the UK.

The report further finds that government-funded support ends abruptly, too early and that there is little information on what happens to survivors in the longer term. The current situation leaves survivors with little realistic opportunity to rebuild their lives, with some ending up destitute, vulnerable to further harm or even being re-exploited. 

Read the full report here

Update on legal aid review for compensation claims

In March this year, the government settled our Judicial Review which challenged its failure to give victims the legal support to bring compensation claims against their traffickers. The government told the Court that it would report by the end of June 2016. Despite our requests, however, the Ministry of Justice had still not replied to us about progress on this review over five months later. 

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