On Anti-Slavery Day each year, the Human Trafficking Foundation teams up with the Marsh Christian Trust to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the fight against human trafficking. The Marsh Awards with the Human Trafficking Foundation form part of a larger Award scheme of 70 Awards recognising unsung heroes across the charity sector.
Marsh Award 2013
1. Megan Stewart, Thames Reach. Megan is inspirational in her involvement in anti-trafficking work who first noticed that men were becoming homeless after being trafficked and that traffickers were specifically targeting day centres and soup kitchens for the homeless to recruit victims. Megan is currently leading the re-launch of the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Trafficking Hotline to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day and she was the brains behind “Blow the Whistle” campaign that took place yesterday 14 Oct at 12 pm – groups of 20 volunteers at 6 of London’s mainline line stations with a banner “Blew the Whistle” on trafficking and re-launched the MET Police Trafficking Hotline Number.
2. Lara Bundock and Tim Elverson, The Snowdrop Project. Two volunteers concerned there is no help to trafficked women after they have left the short-term government-funded shelter accommodation. Victims exit shelters with no support and nobody know where they go and what happens to them . Victims face social exclusion, further abuse and, often, re-trafficking, and what the Snowdrop is doing should be replicated in every corner of the country where shelters exist.
3. Jackie Paling and Pauline Monk, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. Both Pauline and Jackie have been extremely active in raising awareness about human trafficking, in particular through the Purple Teardrop Campaign. Both of them have greatly contributed to raising public awareness about the Anti-Slavery Day and motivating Soroptimist clubs organise events throughout the country. This year they helped to launch a ‘Call to Action’ across their UK network, encouraging Soroptimists to speak to their MPs about the need for a Modern Slavery Bill to strengthen the UK’s response to trafficking.