Imago Dei

A theological reflection on Anti-Slavery Day. This Tuesday was EU Anti-Slavery Day. Modern-day slavery, often referred to as human trafficking, is the fastest growing crime in the world, affecting millions (the last official estimate was 45 million) of people. It is driven by greed for power and money and takes advantage of so many forms of humanContinue reading “Imago Dei”

3 Ways We Can End Slavery…Now.

It was our first night in southern India. Akil, our instant and forever friend, picked us up at the busy airport and navigated through four hours of bumpy roads, stray dogs, and impossible turns. The smell of condensed milk mixed with spices filled with air, unfamiliar music – no, musics – played all at the same time, and I knew this wasContinue reading “3 Ways We Can End Slavery…Now.”

DIGNITY: Taking a stand against Gender-Based Violence

Today, I will be a part of a conference on gender-based violence along with Tearfund, IBM and BMS organised by Contemporary Christianity (who played a massively important underground role in kickstarting the response to human trafficking in Northern Ireland: I like to call them the mafia of NI – they are more gentle/better-intentioned than most gangsters, however!)Continue reading “DIGNITY: Taking a stand against Gender-Based Violence”

Generosity and Greed

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY – a celebration of generosity. I’d love for you to read something a little more work-related. As you know, I manage a charity called No More Traffik that aims to stop human trafficking in Northern Ireland and further afield. When we think about why trafficking exists in the world, we often come backContinue reading “Generosity and Greed”

AWARENESS in the anti-trafficking field

Myria Vassiliadou, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, has been in Belfast over the past couple of days. She was part of a think-tank with local NGOs yesterday, attended a dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast last night, and then spent this morning with NI stakeholders. It was great to hear about and discuss theContinue reading “AWARENESS in the anti-trafficking field”

THIS WEEK: 7 potential traffickers arrested/charged & 23 potential victims recovered in NI

This week has been huge for trafficking-related news in Northern Ireland.  3 traffickers were arrested (2 were charged) in relation to forced labour in County Armagh which resulted in the recovery of 20 people – 14 men and 6 women – identified as potential* victims of trafficking.  Then, 2 Northern Irish men (from Limavady) wereContinue reading “THIS WEEK: 7 potential traffickers arrested/charged & 23 potential victims recovered in NI”

#GIFTBoxNI

The GIFT Box has arrived! In partnership with the United Nations, the first GIFT Box launched in London 2012 to raise awareness of human trafficking. We got to attend STOP THE TRAFFIK Brazil’s GIFT Box Launch in November in preparation for the World Cup and were so impressed that we knew we had to get oneContinue reading “#GIFTBoxNI”

FREEDOM SONGS

Off the back of the sold-out ‘Freedom Songs’ event in November 2013 at Crumlin Road Gaol, Hannah McPhillimy is releasing a 3-track EP of some the songs from the night itself, with all proceeds going to No More Traffik. Amidst a hugely successful year of breaking onto Northern Ireland’s music scene, Hannah bravely lets goContinue reading “FREEDOM SONGS”