Internal Organisation

HopeNow is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mandate to combat human trafficking under the Danish Action Plan. We seek to create positive change and empower victims and survivors of trafficking to a better life. HopeNow is a diverse organisation that relies on volunteers in all spheres, from outreach and fundraising to the administration and the Board. We usually have from 10 to 20 engaged individuals devoting their time to our organisation voluntarily and one full-time paid staff. About 20% of our team are males, 80% are female and come from different ethnic backgrounds.

We regard a multidisciplinary approach as HopeNow’s unique strength in empowering trafficked persons in Denmark. Our multidisciplinary team includes both practitioners and academic experts from, e.g. migration, law, anthropology, social policy, social work, trauma therapy, cultural mediation, IT and more (see contact).

The Board works on an entirely voluntary basis.

HOPENOW BOARD:

Lillian Vigslund- Chairperson
Gitte Frandsen – Treasurer
Sam Lusk – Board Member
Michelle Mildwater – Board Member
Gitte Højgaard Johansen – Board Member

Anne Brandt Christensen – Advisory Board
James Igbor – Advisory Board

Christina Emilie Hammeken – Alternate
Josefine Vang Petersen – Alternate

Read articles of association here (Danish)

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

Cooperation with others

Our extensive outreach work with vulnerable potentially trafficked and identified as trafficked people takes place on the streets, in asylum centres and in prisons. HopeNow’s work also involves regular contact with governmental organisations and authorities and close cooperation with other NGOs combatting human trafficking. Thus HopeNow has running contact with:

  • The Ministry of Transport
  • 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 

HopeNow cooperates with NGOs combatting human trafficking and other relevant organisations:

  • 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 centre, night café for foreign women 
  • Mændenes Hjem, men’s shelter 
  • Red Cross Asylum Department, asylcentre 
  • Center against Human Trafficking (CMM), national centre 
  • Gadejuristen, legal help for street and homeless people 
  • Café Grace, a church-run night café for foreign women 
  • Vineyard, a church-based movement 
  • Churches Integration Service  
  • Hospitals, ex. Hvidovre, Bispebjerg and Rigshospitalet 
  • Health clinic for illegal migrants 
  • Different lawyers

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