At JRS, we have a focus and specialism in anti-trafficking and exploitation work.
Our Director, Kirsty Thomson, has worked in the field of human trafficking and exploitation for a period of 11 yeas. In that time, she has been involved as an expert on the Equalities and Human Rights Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland as well as the Scottish Children’s Commissioner for Children and Young People’s report into Child Trafficking in Scotland. She has participated in consultations with the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament around the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 and is a member of the Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking in Scotland.
Kirsty has also written a chapter in the book, Human Trafficking: The Complexities of Exploitation (Margaret Malloch and Paul Rigby, 2016), contributed to the drafting of best practice standards in an EU funded project in the area of Early Legal Intervention for survivors of human trafficking, and been invited as an expert to train and speak throughout Europe.
In the last 6 months, she has spoken at Police Scotland’s first national conference on human trafficking and she spoke on an expert panel for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) consultation on its draft recommendations to facilitate the gender-specific implementation of particular provisions of the Anti-Trafficking Directive Consultation-meeting-trafficking-human-beings. She also attended a high-level expert meeting at the OSCE in Warsaw to discuss the update of the OSCE handbook on National Referral Mechanisms – Joining Efforts to Protect the Rights of Trafficked Persons.
At JRS we also have expertise in the area of child trafficking and exploitation. Andy Sirel specialises in representing child survivors of trafficking through his project JustRight for Refugee Children, and he is member of the Scottish Government Child Trafficking Strategy Group, as well as the Scottish Government Age Assessment Working Group.
All of our projects work in this area and we have over 20 years experience between us of representing survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.
We are currently working with our trusted partners at the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) and the Scottish Guardianship Service (SGS) to work together to provide targeted advice and representation.