Banbridge PCSP were delighted to receive funding from the Department of Justice’s Assets Recovery Community Scheme for a project being delivered in Banbridge by ‘Freedom Acts’ to promote awareness around the issue of Human Trafficking through two events to coincide with Anti-slavery Day in October and Fair Trade Fortnight in February.
Councillor Seamus Doyle, Chair of Banbridge PCSP commented: ‘Many people believe that human trafficking is a problem which happens elsewhere, and don’t realise that it is happening here in Northern Ireland. I am delighted that Banbridge PCSP have secured this funding to help raise awareness of this issue at a local level and look forward to working with Freedom Acts who carry out so much excellent work in this field’.
Freedom Acts is a project delivered through Craigavon Intercultural Programme working to educate young people and the wider community about human trafficking and exploitation. It is also a key network to equip relevant groups and agencies to respond to the issue of human trafficking, protecting those at risk of child,sexual and labour exploitation.
Freedom Acts regularly visit schools and youth centres to run programmes helping young people understand the global and local issue of modern day slavery. They believe that by educating young people about the issue of human trafficking they are empowered to make good choices, evaluate healthy/unhealthy relationships, empathise with what makes people vulnerable and know how to become active citizens and campaigners.
Mel Wiggins from Freedom Acts commented: ‘This project will enable a range of people from across Banbridge to be educated about the issue of human trafficking and be made aware of what is happening in their own community. We are delighted to partner with Banbridge PCSP in this awareness project and hope to involve local young people in the delivery’.
This is one of two projects being funded through the Assets Recovery Scheme by Banbridge PCSP the second being a Rural Crime Prevention Project.
For more information about this project contact Banbridge District Community Safety Partnership on 028 4062 0246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org