Our objectives for 2012
Raising Awareness (Sophie's Story)
Raising awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery is done in many innovative ways, telling many different stories. Our aspiration is to work in tandem with other counter trafficking organisations on the quest to raise awareness.
Sophie could be anyone, she breaks the stereotypes of the trafficking victim and her story shows that we all need to be aware. Sophie's story is a stark reminder that trafficking is not something that happens far away to someone else. It happens everywhere. Sophie is someone's sister, she was one of the girls from your school, she is someone from your work. Sophie could be you.
Through her foundation, Sophie tells her story around the world. Her book has been translated into many languages, she has traveled extensively, and together we have spoken across the country advocating greater unity and strategy in combating human trafficking- She has discussed policy change in the Vatican, attended parliamentary sessions about regulatory reform both at home and abroad, and has spread her story with school children across the country. All while working a full time job, doing radio interviews on the train and taking her annual leave to visit safe-houses and talk to governments.
This branch of SHF activities involves spreading Sophie's story and the work of the foundation to inspire hope, change minds, prevent trafficking and challenge demand.
Sophie and members of the team have spoken and been interviewed by the press (including BBC, Sky and CNN), and takes an active role in school education discussions. SHF has developed a decent relationship with the APPG as part of its strategy for parliamentary influencing to improve government responsibility and response to human trafficking.
This branch of SHF is more than marketing for the organisation - such activities are undertaked to raise awareness of prevention, and discuss the hope for survivors. These opportunities are also used to highlight gaps in service provision and the failings of legislative and policy processes. Moreover, advocacy is effective as a platform for building networks and partnerships.