Scottish Anti-Trafficking & Exploitation Centre

Our Scottish Anti-Trafficking & Exploitation Centre is the only specialist legal project in Scotland that provides direct legal advice and representation to child and adult survivors of trafficking and exploitation in Scotland regardless of nationality, gender, type of exploitation and geographical location.

We also serve as a hub for legal outreach, policy, training and research in the area of human trafficking and exploitation. We use our team’s expertise to contribute to the fight against trafficking and exploitation at both the national and international level. 

Our model of legal advice provision has been classed as a model of best practice by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Legal Advice

We provide free specialist legal advice on all legal matters relating to an individual’s experience of trafficking and/or exploitation.

We provide legal advice and representation across a number of different legal areas including asylum, immigration, family reunion, employment law, compensation, housing/support and the criminal justice process. We advise individuals and at different stages of their ‘journey to facilitate early identification of victims as well as establish integration steps to prevent further harm/exploitation and keep individuals safe.

We ensure our legal advice, assistance, and representation is trauma informed, human rights focussed, and holistic.  

Legal Outreach

We have established collaborations with our partners at the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) and Migrant Help to provide free weekly Legal Information and Advice Surgeries to victims of human trafficking in Scotland 

Through these surgeries , we provide legal information and advice in the following areas:

  • Identification of human trafficking through the National Referral Mechanism (where there is no other lawyer providing this advice) 
  • Engagement with criminal justice processes as a victim of a crime 
  • Immigration advice (where there is no other lawyer providing this advice) 
  • Compensation 
  • Rights and entitlements
  • Other legal processes that may be relevant such as child protection, family law, family reunion, employment law etc. 

Worker Support Centre

We have received funding to set up a Worker Support Centre. This centre is the first point of contact for all workers on the Seasonal Workers Visa (SWV) in Scotland including those of Ukrainian nationality. This centre is linked to Ukraine Advice Scotland but is open to any worker irrespective of nationality.

The centre is led by two migrant outreach workers, supported by legal staff at JustRight Scotland and a consultant expert in labour exploitation 

Policy, Research and Training

We are members of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s implementation of European anti-trafficking legislation. The group uses a human rights-based approach to examine all types of human trafficking, including internal trafficking and the trafficking of British nationals, to protect the well-being and best interests of victims of human trafficking.

We have been part of the team working with the Child Protection Team at Glasgow City Council developing and training on the Home Office pilot to devolve decision making for child victims of human trafficking and exploitation in Glasgow.  

We are a member of two Scottish Government Action Area groups in relation to the implementation of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy as well as members of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party group on Human Trafficking. We are also members of the Child Trafficking Working Group at Glasgow City Council.  

We have contributed to UK and international research since the start of the project. At the moment, we are contributing to a research project titled Pathways Through Liberation- Revealing Survivors’ Support Journeys Outside of The UK National Referral Mechanism which is led by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab in collaboration with a number of partners across the UK and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  

We deliver a range of bespoke training in the areas we work on and please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss any training needs.  

Peer Support and Mentoring Programme

The centre has been part of an innovative anti-trafficking project to assist trafficked migrant women funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (EC AMIF: 821581).The project, called ASSIST, focused on the integration of trafficked women recovering from sexual exploitation, taking into account the gender dimension of trafficking in Europe and the gender specific harms and trauma associated with trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Through the project we brought together a group of inspiring women with lived experience of trafficking to develop and deliver a pilot Peer Support programme for female survivors of sexual exploitation focussing on their integration and recovery needs in Scotland post identification. They produced a powerful video about this work and the importance of raising the voices of survivors and their expert lived experience.  

This group of women also made important contributions to policy consultations in Scotland including the review of Scotland’s Human Trafficking Strategy. They also worked on co-production of the  know-your-rights leaflet referred to above.  

We made a commitment to continue the Peer Support  programme and we have now secured funding from the Endrick Trust to continue delivering this important work. with all of the funding going directly to the survivors taking part in the programme. .  

Resources

The ASSIST project has produced a report on best practice principles of working with women affected by human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The full report and summary report can be downloaded here:

Through the project, women with lived experience of trafficking and JustRight Scotland have also co-produced a know-your-rights leaflet for trafficked migrant women on their rights and support in Scotland, which you can access below.

Funding

The important and innovative work of our centre is supported by funding from the Scottish GovernmentFoundation Scotland, Community Justice Fund and the Endrick Trust.


Legal Factsheets

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Asylum & Immigration (PDF)

This factsheet explains what it means to claim asylum, and other immigration advice if you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Compensation and Legal Advice (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access compensation, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Education & Employment (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access education and employment, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Gender Based Violence (PDF)

This factsheet explains what gender based violence means, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Health (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access healthcare, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Housing, Welfare Benefits & Money (PDF)

This factsheet explains your rights to access housing, welfare benefits and financial support, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights for Survivors of Trafficking! Identification as a Victim of Trafficking (PDF)

This factsheet explains what it means to be identified as a victim of trafficking and how you can tell if you are a victim of human trafficking or exploitation, as well as how to access legal advice, and other support in Scotland.

This factsheet is part of a series of Know Your Rights! factsheets that provide information for people (adults) from abroad who have experienced human trafficking and/or exploitation, on your rights and support in Scotland.

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Know Your Rights! Information for agricultural workers on the Seasonal Worker Visa in Scotland (PDF)

This factsheet covers the rights of agricultural workers on the Seasonal Worker Visa in Scotland. It covers your rights in employment, to access healthcare, housing and social benefits, and what to do if you think your rights are not being protected.  It was written by Focus on Labour Exploitation and Fife Migrants Forum, with JustRight Scotland, for SASA at the Scottish Government.

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Know Your Rights! Information for EEA seasonal agricultural workers in Scotland with Settled or Pre-Settled Status (PDF)

This factsheet covers the rights of EEA seasonal agricultural workers in Scotland from EEA countries who hold Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status. It covers your rights in employment, to access healthcare, housing and social benefits, and what to do if you think your rights are not being protected.  It was written by Focus on Labour Exploitation and Fife Migrants Forum, with JustRight Scotland, for SASA at the Scottish Government.

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Know Your Rights! Information for Trafficked Women from Abroad in Scotland (PDF)

This Know Your Rights! booklet provides information for Trafficked Women from Abroad on your rights and support in Scotland. Being a victim of trafficking or exploitation can have a long-term impact on you and affect many parts of your life. You may also find it difficult to adjust to living in a new country or place. But you are not alone. There is help for you to start recovering from your experiences and help you settle into your new life. This booklet gives information on some of the help available to you and who to contact

Resources

“We are at the beginning of something…” Supporting survivors of trafficking during the Covid-19 pandemic

  Spotlight on: Anushya Kulupana, Scottish Anti-Trafficking & Exploitation Centre (SATEC) and Supporting Survivors of Trafficking during the Covid-19 Pandemic  Today we are speaking with Anushya...

A joint statement on the Borders Bill “Not in our name”

In Scotland we have a proud history of protest, of raising our voices against the injustices that blight our society and speaking truth to power. We – the undersigned – are proud to work in a country ...

ASSIST in Scotland: Hearing Trafficking Survivors’ Voices

Today, JustRight Scotland led a delegation of female survivors of human trafficking to meet with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP at the Scottish Parliament. The women – all of whom...

Human Rights Act reform: we reject the UK Government proposals

  JustRight Scotland has rejected the UK Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) as announced last December.  We have been working – together with other Scottish civil society and ...

Introducing our new social enterprise: JRS Knowhow 

We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new social enterprise JRS Knowhow. The start-up social enterprise was created in April 2021, marking almost exactly four years since JustRight Scotland was set...

Legal Opinion: What does the Nationality and Borders Bill mean for devolution in Scotland?

Sabrina Galella, Policy & Public Affairs Officer at JustRight Scotland.   JustRight Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council jointly commissioned a legal opinion from Christine O’Neill QC and her...

National Human Trafficking Conference

We were delighted to be asked to present at the first National Human Trafficking Conference, organised by Police Scotland at Tulliallan Castle on 13 September 2017. Setting the Scene Kevin Hyland, the...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: A Briefing for Scottish Civil Society Organisations

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law.  The consultation invites members of...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: Our Response

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. JustRight Scotland and our JustCitizens...

Our Anti-Trafficking Work

Trafficked women face too many barriers to accessing their human rights. Despite international and European standards that ensure trafficking survivors’ right to legal guidance when accessing support ...

Our Worker Support Centre is now available to all seasonal horticultural workers in Scotland

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Worker Support Centre. Funded by the Scottish Government, this Centre is available to all workers on the Seasonal Workers Visa (SWV) in Scotland including...

Response to Independent Review on the Human Rights Act

We have submitted a response to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), in response to its call for evidence which closed on 3 March 2021. Our submission makes it clear that we see ...

Scottish human rights organisations unite to reject “unnecessary, regressive and divisive” plans to replace Human Rights Act

Responding to the UK Government’s announcement today that it plans to replace the Human Rights Act, five leading Scottish human rights organisations have released a joint statement calling the proposals...

Survivor Engagement: Assisting Integration in Human Trafficking

PRESS RELEASE   Survivor Engagement: Assisting Integration in Human Trafficking   15th December 2020  Today, JustRight Scotland (JRS) held an online event to share the results of a 2-year EU AMIF funded...

Trafficking Awareness Campaign

By Eilidh Turnbull - JustRight Intern On 27th August 2017 the Scottish Government launched a public information campaign to help raise awareness of human trafficking in Scotland. At JustRight Scotland,...