In May 2009, a group of nine UK-based organisations established The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) to monitor the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings with came into effect in the UK on 1 April 2009. The ATMG now includes in its monitoring also the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims 2011/36, which entered into forced on 5 April 2013.

The nine organisations belonging to the ATMG are:

• Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Office
• Anti-Slavery International
• BAWSO (Black Association of Women Step Out)
• Helen Bamber Foundation
• Kalayaan
• POPPY Project (of Eaves Housing)
• TARA (Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance, of Glasgow Community and Safety Services)

The ATMG works closely with the Human Trafficking Foundation and STOP THE TRAFFIK.

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The Monitoring Group’s main objectives are to collect, analyse and report on implementation of the Convention in the UK, including highlighting where Convention obligations are not yet being met; to examine the impact of anti-trafficking measures on trafficked persons’ human rights; and to identify examples of good practice of anti-trafficking interventions in the UK.