COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: How Hope for Justice is responding

COVID-19 update: As an organisation with anti-trafficking projects run from 32 locations across the globe, Hope for Justice is following the advice of a multitude of governments and health organisations who are working to keep people as safe as possible in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a developing situation, and our teams are working around-the-clock to respond to the outbreak, to build our resilience, and importantly, to ensure that we effectively support those who we serve across the world, including our own staff and volunteers.

Hope for Justice rescues, supports, reintegrates and reaches out to the some of the most vulnerable people on the planet – groups that are also vulnerable to health problems like this viral outbreak. We are doing everything in our power to help those in our care, children and adults alike. We are continuing to support those who have been exploited by human traffickers, and who often require ongoing trauma-informed care.

The traffickers and organised criminals responsible for the brutal realities of modern slavery are entrepreneurial and they prey on vulnerability, so we know they will be seeking ways to profit from this outbreak and the associated economic instability. Hope for Justice will be there to fight back and protect the vulnerable.

We believe that our light shines brightest in the darkness. We are holding onto hope in these difficult circumstances and urging all our supporters to #KeepHopeAlive.

Our worldwide projects are persevering in the fight for freedom, as well as bringing hope to the least, the last and the lost. We are providing education for children and young people, life skills for those looking for work, professional medical treatment and advice for those in our care, training frontline professionals how to spot the signs of slavery and to respond, rescuing the most vulnerable people in society, and ultimately, reuniting children and adults with their families.

As we continue with our work, we are factoring in all appropriate risks and the need for safeguarding, as we have a duty of care to our staff and to those we support. We are taking all the steps we can in line with medical and governmental advice to ensure our programmes continue in the safest way possible. For example, while larger community prevention and education initiatives and in-person training sessions are not currently possible, we are switching to small group settings for our Self-Help Groups and e-learning for our training.

Our own medical and nursing staff are implementing careful checks for all the vulnerable and exploited children we look after, and have plans in place to isolate and act in the case of coronavirus symptoms being discovered. Some of our office-based support staff are now working from home in line with governmental advice. Our work to rescue individuals and advocate on their behalf after rescue carries on, because exploitation has not stopped and neither shall we.

We are praying for everyone affected and for this pandemic to end – and for hope to prevail in the midst of uncertainty.

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