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Case Studies

Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)

Category: Modern Slavery & Exploitation
Year Awarded: 2016 – present

Over the last eight years funding from the Samworth Foundation has helped ATLEU to increase their capacity, revenue and cashflow for their human rights work securing safety and justice for people who have been trafficked or trapped in slavery:

  • Grant income grew from £111,577 in 2016 to £376,395 in 2020.
  • The staff team increased from 5.6 FTE to 10.6 FTE.
  • A grant from the Samworth Foundation’s Transform and Innovation Fund strengthened ATLEU’s ability to develop their Policy and Advocacy Unit, which works with survivors of trafficking and slavery to campaign for changes in policy and law to improve human rights protections and tackle systemic injustice.

Funding has been integral in supporting ATLEU’s organisational growth, more than doubling income from £321,000 (in 2015) to £681,000 (in 2022) helping them to become more effective and increase their specialist, holistic legal support to clients, from 116 (2018) to 285 (2022).

Funding from the Foundation was a key turning point for ATLEU, enabling us to become stronger, more resilient, and better able to respond to survivors’ needs and to progress our strategic priorities, through strengthening our operational team and capacity for fundraising, policy and survivor activism work