Migrants reporting crime: building trust and improving police efficiency
October 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Research by LAWRS and FLEX/LEAG has shown that migrant victims of crime, such as domestic abuse and ‘modern slavery’, are afraid that reporting to the police will put them at risk of detention and deportation. This is, in turn, affecting the police’s ability to support them and to collect valuable intelligence to identify and prosecute perpetrators.
In this two-hour event, speakers will explore practical steps police can take to build trust with migrant communities, access intelligence and increase efficiency.
Presentations will be followed by a Q&A where UK police officers will have the opportunity to dialogue with their peers working on similar issues abroad, and to learn more about the strategies they have used to better support migrant victims of crime and improve police efficiency.
Participants will hear from the following experts:
Claire Waxman, London Victims Commissioner
Claire Waxman is London’s first Victims Commissioner, working to improve the experience of victims of crime in the city. She is a long-standing champion for victims’ rights motivated by her own experiences of the justice process as a victim of crime over a 12-year period. During this time, Claire founded a successful campaign that achieved improvements in legislation and support for victims.
Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner responsible for encouraging good practice in the prevention and detection of modern slavery and the identification of victims. She was the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015 to 2019.
Michael Zwart MCM, Dutch National Police – Amsterdam Unit
Michael Zwart is a Project Leader and Advisor at the Amsterdam Police, where he has worked for over 25 years. After identifying that undocumented migrants were afraid to report crimes to the police, he pioneered a successful approach that strengthened trust between migrant communities and police officers and increased the police’s access to valuable intelligence. This approach has since been rolled out as a policy to all police services in the Netherlands. Michael is now the Police National Advisor on this subject.
Bob Barrows Esq, New York City Police Department (tbc)
Bob Barrows is the Director of Legal Operations and Projects at the NYPD, where he has worked for over 8 years. During this time, he has served as the Department’s expert on immigration law issues and was a key contributor in developing the NYPD’s immigration policy as well as its processes for providing U/T visa law enforcement certifications to migrant victims of crime.
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) is a research and policy organisation working towards an end to labour exploitation. FLEX works to challenge and transform the systems and structures that create vulnerability to workers by undertaking research, building knowledge and delivering evidenced-based advocacy aimed at preventing labour abuses, protecting the rights of those affected and promoting best practice responses to labour exploitation.
The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is a feminist, human rights organisation, ‘led by and for’ Latin American migrant women who are exposed to violations of their fundamental human rights, facing gender based violence, exploitation and trafficking, enduring difficult living and working conditions in low paid, insecure and exploitative jobs, and facing barriers to social protection.
This event is supported by the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).