Ask Your MP to Stand up for Victims of Modern Slavery!

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

René Cassin is calling on the Government to support the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, which is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 25th January 2019.

Currently, victims of modern slavery in the UK are only entitled to 90 days of support. After this time the vast majority are left to fend for themselves, often at risk of homelessness and vulnerable to being re-trafficked. The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill will give victims in England and Wales* a guaranteed right to 12 months of support.

Due to Parliamentary procedure, there may not be time for the second reading on Friday. It is therefore important to get as many MPs to support the Bill as possible, as a way to encourage government support.

 

Below is a template email to send to your MP, although feel free to amend and include your own words. You can find out who your MP is by entering in your postcode here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/

Do let us know if you get a response! info@renecassin.org

 


Dear [your MP],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill. The Bill is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 25th January 2019 and it is vital that MPs attend the reading, as well as call on the government to support this.

Modern slavery exists in many forms – including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking. Although it is illegal in most countries where it is practised, there are more enslaved people in the world today than at any point in history.

Currently, victims of modern slavery in the UK are only entitled to 90 days of support. After this time the vast majority are left to fend for themselves, often at risk of homelessness and vulnerable to being re-trafficked. The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill will give victims in England and Wales* a guaranteed right to 12 months of support. The Bill was supported by Peers from all parties and is now sponsored by Iain Duncan Smith MP.

While Prime Minister Theresa May described modern slavery as the great human rights issue of our time, the Government has not yet agreed to support the Bill. Please could you write to the Home Secretary and ask him to support this Bill.

I am writing as a supporter of René Cassin, a human rights organisation that promotes and protects universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values. Slavery and trafficking are unavoidably connected to Jewish experience and the Jewish community, of which I belong, has made clear its commitment to tackling modern day slavery. I ask that you please represent myself and my community by stating your support and calling on the government to do more to help victims of modern slavery.

 

Best wishes,

[name and postcode]

For more information, visit: http://www.renecassin.org/category/slavery-and-trafficking/

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