Church of England wins anti-slavery initiation, The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has given her support to the Church of England’s for such anti-slavery initiative . This smart Initiative was start on today at Lambeth Palace, the London home and headquarters of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Prime Minister May stated “Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society,” she added “I value the work that the Clever Initiative will be doing to enable the Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies to tackle modem slavery.”
She continued: “In particular, I welcome the focus on engaging with local communities to help them to spot the signs of modem slavery. We need to shine a light on this hidden crime and to encourage more victims to come forward so that we can provide them with the support they need.”
Before becoming Prime Minister in July last year, Theresa May was the UK’s Home Secretary and steered the Modern Slavery Act 2015 through Parliament. This Act introduced new tools for law enforcement officials to pursue criminals, created a statutory independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and increased the support available for victims.
“However, the Government cannot tackle this problem alone,” Mrs May said, “and this is why the efforts of organizations and groups such as the Clewer Initiative are so important.”
The scheme has also won the backing of the new Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, a former Detective Inspector who headed the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit.
“Faith groups have influence, insight and rare avenues into the community,” he said, “they are therefore a powerful tool in the fight against modern slavery.
The Church of England has acted on this unique ability by launching The Clewer Initiative, which adds backbone to the church’s anti-slavery approach. Clewer offers important knowledge to leaders of the church, parish members and the public.
“By informing those who are in a position to identify and support victims of this brutal crime, I am confident that the church is living up to its potential in defending the oppressed and overcoming injustice.”
The Anglican Alliance is working with the Church of England to mobilize a wider response to modern slavery throughout the Anglican Communion. Through this partnership, the C of E has been a regular participant in meetings of the Santa Marta Group, an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery.