Empowering trafficked persons

FLEX works to put trafficked persons at the centre of anti-trafficking responses by prioritizing the protection of their rights. We act as a bridge between exploited and vulnerable workers and decision makers.

In order to do this, FLEX actively engages with exploited and trafficked workers and the organisations supporting them, and conducts legal research to analyse and highlight the laws that provide and enforce their rights. We mobilise this knowledge to hold governments to account for the full range of rights that apply to victims of trafficking for labour exploitation and to advocate for their access to such rights.

We drive social change by engaging in research to identify ground breaking legal cases that could challenge government failures to comply with key international obligations relevant to trafficking for labour exploitation. We highlight structural and practical barriers to victims’ access to their legal rights —such as the right to compensation or to adequate support suitable to their needs— and advocate for change.

FLEX works with a broad range of support organisations for vulnerable individuals to build awareness and understanding of trafficking for labour exploitation and to provide information about legal rights and assistance available. To date FLEX has provided training to 326 frontline workers from migrant community, homelessness and refugee and asylum organisations throughout the UK.  

Our research into the support and identification of those trafficked for labour exploitation has contributed to the development of new approaches to the identification and support of trafficked persons across the European Union. FLEX has also developed a Guide to Legal Remedies (soon to be updated) that provides organisations working with potential trafficked persons with clear information on the available legal avenues, including options for compensation and immigration remedies. FLEX has also developed informative and accessible materials for victims of trafficking and frontline organisations, including a Guide to Legal Rights & Options for Victims of Human Trafficking in the UK, and a Guide to the UK National Referral Mechanism.

Our London based work promotes a rights-based response to trafficking for labour exploitation within the Greater London Assembly and the Metropolitan Police, as well as at the London borough level