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Modern Slavery – Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth

Modern Slavery

Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth is working to help end modern slavery.

The Catholic Church in our Diocese is in a unique space in the public square. We have a large non UK Mass going population and are linked into a variety of community networks through this population as well as through our presence in parishes. Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth is building on these links.

Following an awareness day in the autumn of 2015 run by the Diocesan Justice, Peace and Social responsibility team, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth has accepted an invitation to be part of the Modern Slavery Partnership run by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner. We understand that modern slavery and human trafficking will not stop unless there is greater awareness of the issues among all the population of the UK.

The global scale of human trafficking is hard to quantify.  It was suggested in 2014 that as many as 800,000 may be trafficked across international borders.  Since the crisis in the Middle East this figure may now be much greater.  Not all these people will be trafficked into slavery but many will be.Shockingly, there are also many people trafficked within the borders of our country into slavery.  This has resulted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which has placed new obligations and responsibilities on individuals the public and private sectors to stop human trafficking and to support the survivors.The material in this pack is designed to help parish groups explore the phenomenon of modern slavery.  It is also hoped that the material will inspire some groups to commit to actions which will contribute to the necessary fight against slavery in the 21st Century.  There is an aspiration to end slavery by 2020: let’s support it!

3 sessions – modern slavery
Caritas Modern Slavery Formation Sheet 1
Caritas Modern Slavery Formation Sheet 2
Caritas Modern Slavery Formation Sheet 3

Information about St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born former slave, declared a Saint by the Catholic Church in 2000.

Leaflets for public spaces detailing services available for migrant workers.  Please consider using these leaflets where appropriate.  We are developing a list of leaflets in other languages, which will be added here as they become available.
Portsmouth City Area Information (English) (Lietuvos) (Polski) (Tagalog)
Southampton City Area Information (English) (Lietuvos) (Polski) (Tagalog)
Reading City Area Information (English) (Lietuvos) (Polski) (Tagalog)

Latest news

Modern Slavery Day, Saturday 24th September 2016
Modern Slavery Day, Saturday 24th September 2016, St. Bede’s, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG24 9DX   With Pippa Rowen, Anglican Diocese of Derby Mike Emberson, Medaille Trust Robin Brierly, Consultant Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Immigration.   Booking:
Modern Slavery May 16
Following the Diocesan conference on modern slavery in September 2015, a group of concerned parishioners from the Thames Valley area (from 4 different parishes in Bracknell, Reading and Maidenhead) asked for a meeting with Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld.