IMSA model praised in UN Sustainable Development Goals update
The unique work of Hope for Justice’s team of Independent Modern Slavery Advocates has been highlighted in the UK Government’s summary of progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In a case study in this official document, the Government says: “Hope for Justice’s Independent Modern Slavery Advocates (IMSA) programme provides frontline specialist advocacy to victims of Modern Slavery enabling them to understand their rights and choices; access services; and ensure their voice is heard. This enhances the ability of victims to engage in criminal and civil justice processes, both of which are essential to securing justice for victims and creating a hostile environment for exploiters. Where victims accessed advocacy services, 100% were able to attend [court] and give evidence when requested.”
Hope for Justice has been a long-term supporter of the Global Goals, especially the following three:
5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children