To mark the annual UK Anti-Slavery Day (October 18th), Southwell & Partners joined over 50 others, including NGOs, academics and law firms, in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling for better protections and improved immigration policies for survivors of Modern Slavery. The letter highlights the persisting issues faced by modern slavery victims due to their often precarious immigration status – from threats of detention and removal by authorities used by traffickers to ensure compliance to being held in ‘prison-like’ immigration detention centres.

Southwell & Partners supports the call on the UK Government to ensure victims of trafficking do not face punitive immigration control measures and Modern Slavery survivors receive needed support, particularly urging the Government to ensure victims receive support and immigration protection for at least 12 months – in line with the proposed Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill.

Southwell & Partners specialises in  modern slavery and human trafficking law and provides expert legal advice to victims of modern slavery.