Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group

The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group is a coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK Government’s compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (the Convention), which entered into force in the UK on 1 April 2009.

The Monitoring Group’s main objectives are to collect, analyse and report on implementation of the Convention in the UK, including highlighting where Convention obligations are not yet being met; to examine the impact of anti-trafficking measures on trafficked persons’ human rights; and to identify examples of good practice of anti-trafficking interventions in the UK.

The ATMG has recently given evidence to Frank Field MP's evidence review for the report of the Modern Slavery Bill (December 2013), as well as to the Joint Committee of the Modern Slavery Bill (Jan 2014).

Report shows UK still failing on protection measures
Hidden in Plain Sight
In November 2013, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group published Hidden in Plain Sight - a report that analysed the UK's protection measures for victims, three years on from our first report in this area.


ATMG report says UK criminal justice system is losing its fight against trafficking

'In the Dock' report coverIn June 2013, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) published In the Dock, its third successive report examining the UK Government’s progress against trafficking since 2009.

The latest report analyses the effectiveness of the UK Criminal Justice System’s (CJS) response to trafficking, finding a disproportionally low number of convictions for trafficking despite the number of potential trafficked persons increasing by at least 25% in 2012.

To improve the UK Government’s capacity to effectively prosecute traffickers and protect victims, the report reiterated the ATMG’s call for the introduction of a UK Anti-Trafficking Commissioner:

‘…the UK would be greatly assisted by the introduction of an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner – a statutory body which could provide critical perspective and independent advice on how the diverse efforts, including by criminal justice system actors, should be undertaken and coordinated to maximise the impact of the limited resources available.

Read the full report and the ATMG's recommendations here.

All Change coverIn May 2012, the ATMG released a new report that examines trafficking prevention in the UK in accordance with the UK Government’s obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

The report, All Change: Preventing Trafficking in the UK, is the result of research carried out between 2010 and 2011 with the aim of examining trafficking prevention in the UK. In particular, it assesses measures instigated by the UK Government to prevent trafficking/re-trafficking and how these measures are coordinated across departments and civil society.

In this report, the ATMG reiterated its call for a national rapporteur, now referred to as an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner. It stated:

'Introduce an independent oversight and monitoring body, an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner (as a mechanism equivalent to a rapporteur), to report annually to Parliament on the implementation of anti-trafficking measures. The body shall have statutory authority to request information necessary to assess the impact of anti-trafficking measures.'

In June 2010, the Group published an analysis of all policies and measures to protect trafficked people in the UK entitled 'Wrong kind of victim?'.

One of its key recommendations was for a national rapporteur on human trafficking:

'Appoint an independent anti-trafficking watchdog, based on the model of the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, with statutory powers to request information from the police, the immigration authorities, social services and NGOs and to report to the Parliament.'

Read the full report and the ATMG's recommendations here.


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