Further recognition of Hope for Justice’s work from police and grant funders

Hope for Justice has been successful with a number of recent grant proposals, including an award of nearly £5,000 announced last night at an event attended by North East Hub Investigation Team Leader, Joel Green.

The £4,990 funding award from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire follows other recent awards from the Gowling WLG (UK) Charitable Trust to support the West Midlands Investigative Hub, and from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire for training.

The money announced last night comes from the Safer Communities Fund, financed using the Proceeds of Crime Act, which allows the seizure of criminals’ assets.

fullsizerenderAt the event in Batley where the successful applicants were announced, Joel Green spoke with Dee Collins, West Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable (both pictured right), who said: “The Safer Communities Fund is an excellent initiative which takes money away from criminals and gives it back to the very communities they have harmed.”

Hope for Justice’s European Programme Director, Neil Wain, said: “Our close working relationship and long-term partnership with West Yorkshire Police and the Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has helped the force become one of the most engaged, educated and active on the issue of modern slavery, and means our West Yorkshire Anti-Trafficking Network is now seen as a model of how things should be done. This additional funding will further boost our work to bring an end to this horrific crime.”

While Hope for Justice has had increasing success securing grant funding for specific projects, the majority of our overall funding for our work to rescue victims, restore lives and reform society comes from individual donors and supporters.