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Survivor Alliance Reports

Survivor Alliance Annual Report 2019
On our second birthday, we shared this Annual Report to celebrate our growth, values, and program highlights. Thank you to everyone who made it a great year. To all who were on our birthday call, this link is a slightly updated version with hopefully all program partners' logos now represented.

Pre-NRM Accomodation Experiences of Survivors of Modern Slavery
[released 18 October 2019]
In this report, we provide recommendations from five (5) male survivors living in the UK. This report was commissioned by West Midlands Anti Slavery Network (WMASN) .

The Journey of Our UK Survivor Network: Challenges and Successes 
[released 18 October 2019]After one year in existence, the UK Survivor Network (UKSN) boasts over 30 members. This report highlights recommendations from our members regarding police, health care, the NRM, and examples of our members' leadership. 

Survivor Alliance Annual Report 2018 
Following our launch in April 2018, Survivor Alliance releases its first Annual Report, in which we share our foundations and the theory of change which underpins and drives our work. The report also introduces our members, shares information about our current programs and releases our financial statistics for the year.

Survivor Alliance Brochures

Survivor Alliance Allies Brochure
This brochure provides Survivor Alliance Allies with information regarding how you can engage us for consulting or training opportunities, alongside how you could support our work by volunteering or donating. 

Survivor Alliance Membership Brochure
This brochure provides basic information regarding membership to survivors who are interested in joining Survivor Alliance. Feel free to download and print the brochure, to pass on to potential members.

Survivor Alliance Events


No upcoming events.

Recent EVENTS - 

Survivor Alliance Virtual 2nd Birthday, 22nd April, 2020
Allies & Members joined together on a virtual call to hear from Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - about our achievements and successes over the past 2 years. Following this, members shared their own virtual celebration together.

Anti-Slavery Day Workshop: 'Beyond Helping: Empowering Survivors of Slavery'
Partnered with the Rights Lab, Survivor Alliance hosted a half-day workshop for anti-slavery professionals and practitioners, focusing on providing the 'nuts and bolts' for survivor leadership. 

Anti-Slavery Day Panel: 'What Its Really Like: Survivors of Slavery Speak Out'
Partnered with Anti-Slavery International and Greater Nottingham Modern Slavery Forum, Survivor Alliance hosted an evening panel for the general public on Anti-Slavery Day. Three survivor members shared about the challenges of life post-slavery in the UK, common misconceptions about slavery, and recommendations as to how members of the general public could support survivors in their community. 

Survivor Alliance Newsletters

Ally Newsletter Sign-Up
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Previous Ally Newsletters
This link will lead you to a document that provides the URLS of each edition of our Ally Newsletter. Simply select the month you would like to view, copy and paste the provided URL into your browser, and enjoy past content (without trawling through your inbox).

Survivor Alliance FAQs

 - Who are we? 

   We are a community of 230+ members.
   Our members are mostly from the USA, UK and India, with some from Europe and Africa. Unfortunately, currently, we have no members from Latin America. 
   We are survivors of all types of trafficking and slavery - however it is defined in the country that people are living in. We at Survivor Alliance go by the
   UN definition. 
   We are a community of all genders, with currently more women than other genders. 
   Our membership does not require folks to have legal status in their country of residence - we are not looking for "proof" of trafficking status. 
   We are a mixture of education levels, income levels, self-assessed healing levels, political backgrounds, and more.

 - Who Should you Refer to us, and why should they join?

   Survivors should self-define their readiness. Anyone who joins does NOT have to become a "survivor leader". They can become a community member.
   Potential members should be clear that we do NOT provide direct services. We also cannot guarantee a peer mentor in a formal role. Members must
   initiate the relationships they want in this community. We help facilitate them though. For example: "There are some other survivors in your state.
   Would you like us to introduce you to them?".
   Having internet/email access is the best way to get to know other members in our network. If they DON'T have this, but have a phone number/mobile they will
   share, they can still stay connected but will need to be persistent with us. 

- What if The potential member Doesn't speak english?

   If they can communicate to us the language in which they need us to speak or write to them, we will do our best to set up translation / interpretation.
   We also have our Membership Materials translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Polish, Bengali and French. We are happy to have it translated into another
   language if requested.
   We can send a document to anyone who is also willing to translate for survivors. 

 - What if The potential member doesn't Read or write well?

   We can set up phone calls with people, but these won't be as regular as they may want. We can also try to connect people to other survivors who welcome
   phone contact.


* The views, thoughts and opinions stated within the below resources do not necessarily represent Survivor Alliance's organisational stance *


Tips for Survivor Engagement

An Open Letter to the Anti-Trafficking Movement // Minh Dang, foreword of Laura Murphy's 'Modern Day Slave Narratives'
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - shares her guiding principles for the anti-trafficking movement; 'Rehumanise Survivors', 'Get Out of the Box', 'Sing a New Song', 'Address Emotional Poverty and Profits', 'Peace is in the Pain'. 

Fundamentals for Compensation & Expenses // Survivor Alliance
Originally created as part of Survivor Alliance's 'Toolkit for Allies', this document provides an overview of the relevant terms and practices we advocate when compensating survivor leaders and consultants.

'Nothing about us, without us'. Survivor Involvement in Anti-Slavery Policy Making: Guidance for policy makers // University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, Survivor Alliance
Co-created by the Rights Lab and Survivor Alliance, this practical guide aims to equip local and national policy makers with the tools to include survivors in their decision making; whether developing policy and legistlation, or shaping the way services are delivered. 

On Being a Safer Space // Minh Dang, The Freedom Story
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - shares her opinions regarding how to be a 'safer space' for survivors. She recommends engaging with (rather than shying away from) emotional difficulties, responding appropriately to disclosures, appreciating the complexity of life following exploitation, and more.

Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers // The Equip Project
Developed by a group of mental health service users, this handbook is ideal for those who are interested in  co-producing research with those who have lived experience. Though not specific to working with survivors of modern slavery, the handbook aims to equip individuals who are new to research or co-production with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in meaningful research.

Survivors are Speaking: Are we listening? // Minh Dang, Global Slavery Index
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - discusses issues with current practice regarding survivor input in anti-slavery efforts, alongside laying out practical alternatives to facilitate meaningful survivor inclusion.

Survivor Informed Spaces // Minh Dang, Survivor Alliance
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - puts forward some basic recommendations for creating 'Survivor Informed Spaces', wherein survivors who attend anti-slavery events are acknowledged, respected and not 'othered'.

Tips for Anti-Trafficking Professionals when working with Survivor Leaders // Community Advisory Board, Evaluation of San Francisco Mayor's Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking
A Survivor Leader Advisory Board provide their recommendations for best practice when engaging with Survivor Leaders in anti-trafficking work.

Trauma-informed practices -

Promising Practices: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking // SANAR Institute & Polaris
This report shares several promising therapeutic interventions that, according to the survivors Polaris NJ worked alongside, supported them in processing their trauma and fostering resilience.  

Trauma-Informed Code of Conduct for Professionals working with Survivors of Human Trafficking and Slavery // Rachel Witkin & Dr Katy Robjant, Helen Bamber Foundation
This toolkit provides professionals with an understanding of how trauma affects survivor leaders, alongside tips to ensure sensitive, trauma-informed engagement.

Survivor-informed organisations -

Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organisations // National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center
This toolkit seeks to build organisations' capacities to collaborate with and support survivor consultants, staff, and volunteers. It discloses guiding principles of survivor-engagement and provides an assessment tool you can use to evaluate the degree to which your organisation is currently survivor-informed. It then delves into issues such as mission and vision, organisational culture, policies and procedures, trauma-informed supervision, and more.


Ethical Storytelling: Resources
These downloadable webinars and recordings are run by a variety of non-profit practitioners and survivors, collectively discussing the foundations and 'how-to's' of ethical storytelling.

Putting the Human into Human Trafficking Reporting: Tips for Interviewing Survivors // Minh Dang, The Irina Project
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - shares step-by-step guidelines for media reporters who hope to interview survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. Her tips follow the chronology of an article being published - right from first contact with the survivor interviewee, up to best practice regarding follow-up & feedback.

Sharing the Message of Human Trafficking: A Public Awareness and Media Guide // K Countryman-Roswurm & B Patton, WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking
This guide speaks directly to survivors who are considering sharing their trauma story, alongside not-for-profits and media outlets who are planning on asking a survivor to share. It focuses on the principles of 'respect', 'trust', 'boundaries and discretion', 'education', and 'recognising the expertise' of survivors, as well as asking questions to help you consider the intentions behind and consequences of trauma-sharing. 

Tips for Personal Engagement

Buy Slave Free: Slave Free Companies // End Slavery Now
Shop ethically by using this list of Fair Trade certified / Survivor-made / Fair Trade verified companies, compiled by End Slavery Now.

Freedom United: Campaigns 
Take action by signing one of Freedom United's many campaigns against Modern Slavery. In particular, look at their campaign titled 'Give victims of slavery a chance to recover' - it focuses on one of our members!

Slavery Footprint Survey 
Take this test to discover which elements of your day-to-day life which are underpinned by slavery.

Tips for Service Provision

Addressing Mental Health Needs in Survivors of Modern Slavery: A Critical Review and Research Agenda (2015) // Prof Cornelius Katona, Dr Katy Robjant, Rachel Shapcott & Rachel Witkin, Helen Bamber Foundation
This report reviews the mental health effects of enslavement, alongside the efficacy of specific treatment approaches.

A Trauma Lens for Systems Change (2019) // Patsy Carter & Andrea Blanch, Stanford Social Innovation Review
This article discusses a model of trauma-informed organisational change that specifies four stages an organisation must progress through on its journey to understanding and addressing trauma.

The Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards (2018) // Human Trafficking Foundation
This updated version of the 2015 report provides high-quality care standards that are to be utilised by all professionals working with potential victims, current victims, and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. Its recommendations cover the domains of casework and advocacy support, the NRM process, healthcare provision, accommodation needs, the Criminal Justice System and more.

Vicarious Trauma -

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others // Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky & Connie Burk
This book recognises the burden it can be to work and walk alongside those who have exprerienced trauma, and offers a variety of simple, yet profound practices that support you to meet the challenge of vicarious trauma with a mindful presence. 

Vicarious Trauma Fact Sheet // American Psychological Association
This fact sheet, although designed primarily for counselors, is a helpful guide for anti-trafficking practitioners who may need help identifying symptoms of vicarious trauma in their lives.

General Anti-Slavery Information

Definitions of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Full Freedom: Contemporary Survivors' Definitions of Slavery // Andrea Nicholson, Minh Dang & Zoe Trodd
This journal article explores the legal definition of slavery from the perspective of survivors. It investigates definitions of slavery as found throughout historical and contemporary slave narratives, before summarising the implications of a survivor-informed definition of slavery.  

Global Slavery Index 2018 // Walk Free Foundation
*See Appendix 1 (pages 140-141) for the Global Slavery Index's definitions of modern      slavery and human trafficking

Slavery Convention // United Nations Human Rights: Office of the High Commissioner
*See Article 1 for definitions of slavery and the slave trade. Slavery Convention, signed in 1926

Slavery-Freedom Continuum // Minh Dang, End Slavery Now
Minh Dang - Executive Director of Survivor Alliance - shares her conceptual model of the 'Slavery-Freedom' Continuum, and asks the crucial questions 'What does it mean to be enslaved?' and 'What does it mean to be free?'.

The Bellagio-Harvard Guidelines on the Legal Parameters of Slavery // Members of the Research Network on the Legal Parameters of Slavery
This guide recognises the lack of legal clarity when interpreting the definition of slavery in law, and thus proposes the clarification of previous definitions & terminology, alongside guidelines for legal identification.

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children // United Nations Human Rights: Office of the High Commissioner
*See Article 3 for definition of 'trafficking in persons'

U.S. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 // Public Law
*See Section 103 for definitions of modern slavery and human trafficking

Myth Busters

Anti-Trafficking's Sensational Misinformation: The "72-hour Myth" and America's Homeless Youth // Laura T Murphy
This journal article focuses on a specific myth-statistic regarding the rapid vulnerability of homeless youth to trafficking and exploitation. It tracks down the source of the '72 hour Myth' and then seeks to provide a more nuanced, survivor-centred protrait of human trafficking as experienced by homeless youth. 

Myth-Busting Common Misconceptions within the Anti-Trafficking Movement // Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force
This web-page highlights several common misconceptions within the dominant narrative concerning human trafficking, and seeks to replace them with the diverse reality. It also addresses unreliable statistics that are utilised by anti-trafficking professionals, and highlights the dangers of poor information, sensationalism and exaggeration.

The Average Age of Entry Myth // The Polaris Project
This blog post focuses on a specific, unreliable statistic that is often re-quoted by policy makers and NGO's - 'the average age of entry myth'. It details the true facts of the matter, and points you to where you can find more reilable information. 


     Disposable People: Kevin Bales
     Ending Global Slavery: Kevin Bales
     End Slavery Now: Book and Film List
     Survivors of Slavery: Laura T. Murphy
     To Plead Our Own Cause: Zoe Trodd & Kevin Bales

Where can I find a list of all the different anti-slavery organisations?

     Global Anti-Slavery Directory 

Where can I find job postings for anti-slavery work?

     End Slavery Now: Job Opportunities // End Slavery Now

Granting Courage

Deadline: July 20
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