Anti-trafficking charities merge

Two anti-trafficking charities, Northern Ireland based No More Traffik, and global organisation, Hope for Justice, are to merge.

The merger of the two organisations sees No More Traffik’s development director and founder Pete Kernoghan join Manchester headquartered Hope for Justice.

The move also gives Hope for Justice a presence in Northern Ireland for the first time.

No More Traffik was formed nine years ago and is primarily an awareness raising and professional training charity. Meanwhile, Hope for Justice, which formed in 2008, also works with victims and survivors through outreach, advocacy and residential aftercare in some countries.

Hope for Justice runs anti-slavery projects in the UK, USA, Norway, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Australia and reached almost 200,000 people between April 2020 and March 2021.

“Expanding our work to include Northern Ireland is both strategic and necessary if we want to react to changing legislation and work with key partners,” said Hope for Justice chief executive Tim Nelson.

“By educating frontline workers to spot the signs and identify those at risk, we amplify awareness, which leads to action and action leads to change.

“No single organisation can eradicate modern slavery – we need to work together to release more resources, offer better training, have better thinking and improve our partnerships.”

“By working with the additional expertise of the team at Hope for Justice, we can make more of an impact and help change more lives,” added Kernoghan.

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