ATLEU

ATLEU

At a glance

Causes

  • Human rights
  • Refugees / migrants

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

ATLEU’s mission is to secure safety and justice for survivors of trafficking and slavery.

ATLEU is a young and dynamic national charity providing legal representation to survivors of trafficking and slavery and is the only charity in the UK which provides a dedicated and comprehensive legal advice service to this group.

ATLEU is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the London Legal Support Trust and was awarded both the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award and the Marsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Modern Slavery Legal Award in 2016. This year ATLEU was nominated for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in the access to justice through IT category for ATHUB.org.uk, its online legal information resource for professionals working with survivors of trafficking.

Activities

Legal advice is an essential component in obtaining the support, safety and redress that survivors need to move forward. ATLEU works intensively with survivors over several years often assisting with multiple matters, helping to regularise their immigration status, obtain identification as a victim of trafficking, access treatment, support and appropriate housing, and claim compensation. ATLEU advises and trains hundreds of professionals working with survivors of trafficking each year to improve the availability and quality of advice and support for survivors nationally. In some parts of the UK survivors are waiting for 12 months to see a lawyer. The problem is acute in the north of England and in response ATLEU opened its doors in Sheffield to improve access to this essential support which plays a crucial role in fighting trafficking in the UK today.

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