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Internal Organisation

HopeNow is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mandate to combat human trafficking under the Danish Action Plan. It is a diverse organisation that relies heavily on volunteers in all spheres, from outreach and fundraising to the administration and the board. We usually have approximately 20 engaged individuals devoting their time to our organisation on a voluntary basis and one fulltime paid staff. Approximately 20% of our team are males, 80% are female and we have different ethnic backgrounds. The team is multidisciplinary includes both practitioners and academic experts from the fields of e.g. migration, law, anthropology, social policy, social work, trauma therapy, cultural mediation, IT and more (see contact).

HopeNow’s present board was elected at an ordinary general meeting held on 17th of September 2019. The Board works on an entirely voluntary basis.

HOPENOW BOARD:
Lillian Vigslund
– Foreman
Gitte Frandsen – Treasurer
Mette Lenskjold – Board Member
Michelle Mildwater – Board Member

Jacqueline Mwenesani – Substitute
Olisoji Samuel Ibukun – Substitute
Anne Brandt Christensen – Advisory Board
James Igbor – Advisory Board

We regard this multidisciplinary approach as HopeNow’s unique strength in empowering trafficked persons in Denmark. Using expertise from different fields enables us to meet our clients with a holistic approach, regarding their financial, legal and psycho-social circumstances in relation to one another. For example, we often include the client’s family in our counseling work and have developed a therapeutic method that integrates specific elements from the clients’ own native culture.

Cooperation with others

Apart from our extensive outreach work with vulnerable, potentially trafficked and identified as trafficked people on the streets, in asylum centers and prisons, HopeNow’s work also involves regular contact with governmental organisations and authorities and close cooperation with other NGOs in the field of human trafficking. Thus HopeNow has running contact with:

  • The Foreign Ministry 
  • The National Board of Social Services (Socialstyrelsen) 
  • The department of Gender under the ministry 
  • The Immigration Service 
  • Prostitution Competence Center (Kompetencecenter Prostitution) 
  • The Criminal Service 
  • Copenhagen Metropolitan Police and other prison and probation services 

Besides that HopeNow coorporates with NGOs in the fields of human trafficking and others relevant in the area, for example:

  • AmiAmi, NGO – counselling and healthcare for migrant sex workers and victims of forced labour and human trafficking. 
  • Reden International, NGO – working with foreign women in prostitution, in particular victims of human trafficking 
  • Drop-in center, night café for foreign women 
  • Mændenes Hjem, men’s shelter 
  • Red Cross Asylum department, asylcentre 
  • Center against Human Trafficking (CMM), national center 
  • Gadejuristen, legal help for street and homeless people 
  • Café Grace, church-run night café for foreign women 
  • Vineyard, church-based movement 
  • Churches Integration Service  
  • Hospitals, ex. Hvidovre, Bispebjerg and Rigshospitalet 
  • Health clinic for illegal migrants 
  • Different laywers

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