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.

ECPAT UK is a founding member of the ATMG, alongside Anti-Slavery International, the current host and chair of the group.

The ATMG is made up of 12 leading UK-based anti-trafficking organisations: 

• Anti-Slavery International
Ashiana Sheffield
BAWSO (Black Association of Women Step Out)
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
• Helen Bamber Foundation
• Kalayaan
• Law Centre (NI)
• the Snowdrop Project
• the TARA service (Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance, of Glasgow Community and Safety Services)
• JustRight Scotland

The ATMG works closely with the Human Trafficking Foundation.

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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.

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