Modern Slavery Community Coordinators: Colchester and Hastings & Rother

We are very excited to introduce the newest members to our STOP THE TRAFFIK team. 2017 has been a year of progress for STOP THE TRAFFIK, and we are thrilled that we are able to continue expanding, raising awareness and building resilience in local communities.

Laurie Church (Modern Slavery Community Coordinator, Hastings & Rother)

DISCOVERY is a new multi-agency task force led by Hastings and Rother police which focuses on identifying and tackling Modern Slavery. The group has now grown to over 20 different partners who have all joined together and share the common goal to combat this hidden crime.

Laurie has joined the DISCOVERY team as a representative of STOP THE TRAFFIK and will be coordinating our NGO response and trying to involve and raise awareness with as many of Hastings and Rother’s voluntary and community partners.

Kate Evans (Modern Slavery Community Coordinator, Colchester)

Kate has been appointed as Modern Slavery Community Coordinator in Colchester, based in the Safer Colchester Partnership Hub at Colchester Police Station. Her role is to increase resilience to modern slavery in the community by raising awareness, with the aim of increased identification of victims and improved victim protection.

Kate’s background is in Social Work, where she has worked, amongst other things, with women and young women who have been victims of sexual exploitation, and has delivered training to all sectors. Kate is used to multi agency working in the field of Safeguarding, and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and experience in an exciting new project.


We look forward to sharing more about both their work in the coming months!


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