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Hope for Justice

Type: Support service
Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.

Hope for Justice has projects in nine countries across four continents, with plans to expand further over the coming year. Our areas of focus and work across the world include:

Outreach is at the heart of our work. Our specialist teams engage with children and help keep them safe. We also provide basic care and education in our Lighthouse centres, starting a journey of restoring the life of a child through counselling, educational opportunities, and fun activities. Our goal is to reintegrate children to their families, or to another safe family or community setting, and to work with them via  continued support to bring about positive and long-term change in their lives.

Recent years have seen an increase in the impact of trafficking and children being drawn into sex work and domestic servitude. To combat this, we have been putting in place important preventative programmes for families and communities, delivering strong anti-trafficking messages and helping to minimise the number of children forced to live on the street.

Transitional care
Our Lighthouses provide temporary care and support for vulnerable and exploited children, keeping them safe from the dangers of the streets or their previous circumstances as we work to assess their physical, mental and emotional health and their circumstances. We then work to safely transition them back to their families or to family-based care. Our Lighthouses also offer individual and group counselling and are  complemented by our Shine Schools, where children receive catch-up education and life-skills training. Older children and teenagers also get help with vocational training to develop skills for employment.

Family reintegration
We work hard to return children home to a safe family environment and support families to prevent
children separating from them again. We have built an international reputation through the work we are doing on family reintegration of street children, developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), a training curriculum and toolkit. We are a core member of a group formulating global guidelines on reintegration of children.

Self-Help Groups
Hope for Justice is using the Self-Help Group approach to help avoid family breakdown, which is a major risk factor in child trafficking. Our Groups economically empower and financially educate women and families to meet their basic short-term needs and cope with shocks to their livelihoods. In the longer term, women involved in the groups become economically secure and able to provide for their families’ needs. The Groups also provide education on child protection and antitrafficking. The overall impact is strong families and communities who are able to protect and care for children and prevent family separation.

Many of our countries host specialist Hubs staffed by experienced investigators and multilingual outreach
workers. They work with police and other agencies to identify victims of modern slavery, build bridges of
trust with them and remove them from exploitation. We act as an alternative pathway out of exploitation
for victims too scared to engage directly with police. Intelligence gathered about traffickers and gangs is
shared with police – many perpetrators have been convicted and jailed thanks to this work.

Our specialist multi-disciplinary Independent Modern Slavery Advocates (IMSAs) work with victims after
rescue to help them rebuild their lives, by helping them access housing, benefits, good-quality employment opportunities, psychological support, legal advice and more. We help survivors through the criminal and civil justice processes to ensure they receive justice and restitution, which plays a key role in their restoration. The combination of legal and support advocacy is essential in providing victims with a voice to shape their own future in freedom.

Expert trainers equip frontline professionals with the knowledge, skills and tools to identify modern slavery
themselves and to respond effectively. We train police, governments, local authorities, healthcare professionals, other charities, businesses and the general public. Our statistics show that more than half of referrals into us of potential victims of modern come from professionals we have trained.