Statement on the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

published on 11 Oct 2023

Major Kathy Betteridge, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery for The Salvation Army said:

“The Salvation Army welcomes the long-awaited appointment of Eleanor Lyons as the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC). The position plays a crucial role in ensuring survivors of modern slavery, including those who are trafficked into this country, are protected and receive the support they are entitled too. Recent analysis by The Salvation Army* shows that for every person successfully rescued from the clutches of modern slavery and given the opportunity to receive support, at least seven more remain trapped and exploited. The need for action is urgent. 

“We are pleased to have an additional ally to work alongside us and survivors to ensure they are properly consulted on the services they need to rebuild their lives and to make sure their voices are central to key debates. 

“We look forward to working hard with the new IASC to bring about positive change, particularly in the light of recent legislative changes through the Nationality and Borders Act (2022) and Illegal Migration Act (2023). New laws make it more important than ever to protect survivors’ rights and push for improved support and protection within and outside the National Referral Mechanism. The IASC must act as a centre point for stakeholders to come together to improve the modern slavery support structures within the UK. This includes statutory bodies such as the Home Office, Local Authorities and law and immigration enforcement.

A Salvation Army volunteer wearing a red puffer jacket delivers a care package to an older woman

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