Empowering survivors and building resilience of young people against trafficking through skills development and partnership with the hospitality sector
survivors to graduate
We are working in partnership with Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) to support survivors and young people at-risk of human trafficking through our youth employment programme. Funding provided by the United States Government.
The challenges faced by survivors of human trafficking
Why we are doing this
Many survivors of human trafficking face a difficult journey to recovery. Whilst suffering with the physical and emotional trauma, they may also be living in a new city or country, in a shelter or temporary accommodation, which makes returning to school or finding decent work difficult. This can be due to a lack of confidence, limited skills or experience considered valuable by employers, or a lack of employers with awareness and the capacity to support them.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking in persons involves recruiting, harbouring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for labour or commercial sex through force, fraud or coercion.
About this project
In partnership with GFEMS, we are working to better understand how our youth employment programme can be adapted to support survivors of human trafficking in gaining access to employment opportunities. The aim of this project is to pilot methods to support survivors and young people at-risk of human trafficking and develop a model that can be scaled across countries and industries.
What we are doing
Building on our long-standing partnership with leading hotel companies and strategic work with the industry on human rights to offer training opportunities to survivors and at risk young people.
Providing training and workshops within our partner hotels to raise awareness and help staff feel confident in providing a safe and supportive environment for the students.
Working with local partners to gain intelligence and local knowledge on trafficking to support recruitment of students and adapted delivery of our programme.
Supporting survivors and young people at-risk of human trafficking to gain the skills and experience they need to start a rewarding and lifelong career, through life skills and hospitality training.
Who we are helping
Through this project, we focus on supporting young people, aged 18-24, who are survivors of human trafficking or at-risk of trafficking.
We will support 57 survivors or young people at-risk of human trafficking to complete our youth employment programme.
Learnings from this project will enable our youth employment programme to support survivors of human trafficking in other locations.
“The online training helped me to feel confident and responsible. The lessons I learned during the training have helped me to overcome any problems at work. My bosses are happy and appreciate my work which makes me very happy and confident.”
This project is currently active in India. Our work in Vietnam, as part of the project, has concluded.
We partner with local non-profit organisations to engage the students, deliver the English language and life skills training, and support the students throughout the rest of the programme.
“At the core of the programme model is partnership with hotels – an approach that represents the way we want to engage the private sector. Our investment will create a blueprint for other companies and industries to combat human trafficking and support sustained freedom for survivors of trafficking.”
Helen Taylor, Director of Grant Programs, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS)
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