HopeNow is an independent volunteer association. It is a multi-dimensional 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 and we also employ a small paid staff. Approximately 30% of the team are male, 70% are female and we have different ethnic backgrounds. Our current team have strong connections to Denmark, the UK, Italy, Croatia, Jamaica, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, USA and Canada. The team includes both practitioners and academic experts from the fields of Migration, IT, Law, Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Trauma Therapy, Cultural Mediation and more. See CONTACT
HopeNow’s Board was elected at the extraordinary general meeting held on 6 April 2018. The Board works on an entirely voluntary basis.
Kirsten Mols – Bestyrelsesformand
Marie Ildvedsen – Næstformand
Sisser Jensen – Kasserer
Nicol Savinetti – Bestyrelsesmedlem
See HopeNows bylaws (Danish only): Association Bylaws
Using a multi-agent approach gives HopeNow an extremely wide knowledge pool to tap into. We foster close cooperation between the ‘agents’ themselves (i.e. the people working for HopeNow), which means that better solutions are being found to improve the process of identification. Working in this way also allows us to develop more sophisticated and innovative methodologies for working with marginalised and vulnerable members of society.
As well as working for possibly and actually trafficked people on the streets, in brothels and in private apartments, we must work closely with the authorities and other interest organisations in order to empower vulnerable and marginalised people and improve their life-situation. A multi-agency approach involves close cooperation between multiple organisations and institutions. For HopeNow this means regular communication with govenrmental, non-governmental organisations and other institutions that work directly or indirectly with human trafficking such as academia, the church and:
Under The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs
- The National Board of Social Services (Socialstyrelsen)
- Prostitution Competence Center (Kompetencecenter Prostitution)
- Center Against Human Trafficking (Center Mod Menneskerhandel, CMM)
Under the Ministry of Justice:
Other NGOs working with vulnerable and marginalised groups
- AmiAmi, NGO – counselling and healthcare for migrant sex workers and victims of forced labour and human trafficking.
- Reden International, NGO – working with women in prostitution, in particular victims of human trafficking
- Mændenes Hjem, men’s shelter
- Red Cross, women’s center
- Gadejuristen, legal help for street people
- Café Grace, church-run night hostel for homeless
- Klippen, drop-in centre for homeless men
- Vineyard, church-based movement
- Kit, theatre