The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET) established by AFRUCA is the first network in the UK and in Europe dedicated to promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in the anti-trafficking and anti-slavery space. Our Network members are registered charities or community interest companies working in diaspora communities affected by modern slavery.
Each year, hundreds of victims of modern slavery or human trafficking are brought into the UK from over 20 countries but the voices of those communities are often unheard in much of anti-slavery work across the country. Most UK child victims of modern slavery, according to the National Referral Mechanism are children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who have been exploited for drug trafficking, yet these communities are not involved in the anti-slavery space.
Aims and Objectives
Our Network aims to strengthen the voices of marginalised communities in anti-slavery and provide opportunities for grass-root collaborative and partnership approaches to tackle modern slavery in affected communities.
Role and Activities of the Network
- Providing a space for BME organisations working in or with an interest in anti-slavery and anti-trafficking work to improve knowledge and understanding of the current landscape including government policies, legislation and strategies to tackle modern slavery
- Encouraging partnership opportunities among members and signposting to relevant funding sources for BME focused partnership projects
- Promoting the Network among various funding bodies so they are aware of its role and the activities of its various members
- Advocating for better diversity and inclusion in the work of national and regional statutory agencies and how they engage with BME and diaspora groups and communities
Our Expected Outcomes
We expect our Network to achieve the following:
- Increased participation by BME and diaspora groups in the national and regional anti-slavery and anti-trafficking space
- Increased number of diaspora led projects working in affected communities
- Improved engagement of BME and diaspora groups by statutory agencies and mainstream NGOS working on anti-slavery matters
Membership: Work Themes
We expect our members (Full and Associate) to be engaged in the following areas of Modern Slavery and Anti-Trafficking:
- Sexual Exploitation or Sexual Slavery
- Domestic Slavery
- Forced Labour and Bonded Labour
- County Lines Drug Trafficking
Our members must demonstrate their ongoing work or interest in the following key activities
- Policy Influencing and Advocacy
- Prevention, Community Awareness, Education and Mobilisation
- Victim Support and Protection
- Training and Skills Building for Agencies
Full membership of our Network is free and is opened to UK registered charities or community interest companies led by and working solely in diaspora and BME communities on anti-trafficking and/or anti-slavery matters.
Associate membership is opened to individuals from diaspora and BME communities with an interest (academic, professional) in UK anti-slavery activities, researchers, statutory agencies and mainstream NGOs who are seeking partnership opportunities with BME organisations who are full members.
Benefits of Full Membership
- Free membership per annum, renewable each year based on participation
- Opportunity to network with key policy-makers and be involved in national and regional policy activities
- Free access to all communications produced by BASNET, including monthly BASNET E-Briefing on topical and relevant subjects with opportunities for organisations to be featured
- Quarterly meetings and briefing sessions, with expert speakers on various related topics.
- Cover of travel expenses to partly meet travel costs of organisations based outside London.
- Partnership opportunities to build and collaborate on community led anti-slavery projects.
- Participation in BASNET Working Groups
We Expect all Full Members to:
- Actively engage in Network activities by attending all quarterly meetings a year, respond to communication, provide feedback on consultations and provide regular updates on their work as required
- Take part in the Network’s advocacy activities
- Attend national events organised by the Network
- Share information and resources on subjects of interest to other members
- Promote the Network and its work to local, regional and national stakeholders
- Take advantage of their full membership to actively build partnerships with other members (full and associate) to influence anti-slavery work in their communities
Benefits of Associate Membership
- Free access to monthly BASNET E-Briefing on topical and relevant subjects and feature opportunities
- Free attendance at one BASNET event each year
- Partnership opportunities to collaborate on community led anti-slavery projects
How To Become A Member of BASNET
Complete the application form below to become a member of BASNET – The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network. Don’t forget to Fill in every field before pressing “submit” once done. Your application will be reviewed by the Network Secretariat who will be in touch to finalise your membership.
UK BME Anti-Slavery Network Advisory Group
We are now appointing individuals to join the UK BME Anti-Slavery Network Advisory Group to help inform the activities, strategies and growth of the Network. The Advisory Group will meet twice a year.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Group and would like to be briefed on this, please email basnet@Afruca.org
BASNET – The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation