News: Survivors of modern slavery safe, supported and seen




What bird do you associate with this time of year? For most people, the answer is the robin. But for the team at Hope for Justice, at Christmas especially, they think of the bird in their logo, the swallow. Tim Nelson, Chief Executive at Hope for Justice explained: “Over winter, swallows travel an incredible 6,000 miles from the UK to South Africa and Namibia. It takes them six weeks, and as well as coping with extreme weather conditions, they run the risk of starvation and exhaustion. But, despite their long migration, swallows nearly always come back to the same colony, and almost half have been found to return to the exact same nest.”

This process has close parallels to the work at Hope for Justice. As well as rescuing people out of exploitative situations, they work to safely reunite survivors of modern slavery with their families. Many of the survivors they work with have been trafficked across continents. Even more feel worlds away from the person they once were and the life they once had.

Tim said: “No matter where someone is on their journey, we walk alongside them so they feel safe, supported, seen. And our greatest joy of all comes when we step back, and watch them fly. This Christmas, you can help a survivor feel like themselves again. You can help a survivor return home. And you can be the reason they can soar to their full potential.”

Thanks to a generous match-donor, whatever you can give to Hope for Justice this year will be doubled, meaning you can have twice the impact. Please donate here.

Main photo credit: Julian at Unsplash

Val Fraser

Val Fraser is a trained journalist with over 12 years’ experience working on staff in various demanding media environments. She has authored/edited thousands of articles including news, travel and features. Val has authored/contributed to nine non-fiction books. A regular columnist, she stepped up to the role of Digital Editor in September 2022 and is responsible for the Sorted Magazine website.

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