NI: Third annual strategy to tackle modern slavery in Northern Ireland unveiled
Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice has published the Northern Ireland Modern Slavery Strategy 2019–2020.
The third annual strategy underlines the Department’s commitment to working in partnership with a wide range of agencies in the fight against modern slavery.
It presents a challenging programme of objectives and actions under three key themes: Pursue, Protect and Prevent.
Whilst the strategy covers the period from April 2019 to March 2020, it also takes a longer-term view, setting out the planned trajectory and direction beyond the year ahead, acknowledging that modern slavery is a complex issue and that there is no quick fix.
Anthony Harbinson, director of safer communities in the Department of Justice, said: “We all have a role to play to ensure we have a safe community where there is no place for modern slavery and human trafficking abuses to take place. Tackling this despicable crime needs a whole societal approach.
“Partnership is central to combating modern slavery and therefore central to this strategy. Law enforcement and other partner organisations are making a difference but need the support and vigilance of the public in general.
“Working in tandem, we can improve the ways we pursue the criminals who are exploiting vulnerable people. We can develop how we protect and support victims; and target efforts to prevent others from falling prey to the criminals involved in this appalling crime.”