Outreach provides HopeNow with a gateway to reaching possible and identified trafficked people.

Cultural outreach and open-door policy open up a two-way path. We reach our target group and more people initiate their first contact with HopeNow.

HopeNow was founded in 2007. Since then, we have continued to develop outreach work that includes all genders. We create positive change and empower victims and survivors of trafficking to a better life. Our target groups are not stationary but are mobile. Often at the traffickers’ or madams’ will. Therefore, a key component of our work is that we remain flexible. We remain agile in outreach activities and change according to our client’s needs.

Our three main outreach activities are:

  • Being present in the area around Istedgade and the Central Station in Copenhagen during the night to meet and talk with street workers
  • Attending informal activities in spaces that potential new clients frequent
  • Visiting the prisons, asylum centres and drop-in centres all over Denmark

HopeNow’s outreach workers act as the bridge between the potential or identified trafficked person and refer clients to legal, social or medical assistance.

We establish first contact with many individuals through the main outreach activities. However, we get most referrals through our existing network, which has grown over the years.

During the outreach work in groups, through one-on-one contact and word-of-mouth within networks, we build trust, build capacity, impart skills and share knowledge. We strive to empower the marginalised, stigmatised, vulnerable and criminalised individuals to remain steadfast in the hope of positive change. 

 

To disrupt human trafficking, we focus on long-term and culturally sensitive trust-building.

HopeNow develops improved methods in social work. Considering the ethnic origins of the target group, we employ a peer-group social worker with personal experience in being trafficked from Africa to Europe. A cultural peer worker cuts down the socio-cultural distance between our practitioners and the target group. We believe this approach dramatically facilitates trust-building and results in a greater willingness among the vulnerable groups to open up and share their experiences.

Trust-building happens over time, and it is crucial to view outreach as a long-term process. For a trafficked person to open up and share their story takes a long time due to the many layers of trauma.

Over many years, HopeNow has built up strong relationships based on cultural sensitive trust building and community networking. We can keep our finger on the pulse on events and areas notorious for being closed and secretive. We receive referrals from former clients who recommend HopeNow to people they know through this network.

Cultural sensitivity increases our ability to carry out research that reflects the hyper-complex, multi-dimensional and ever-changing nature of human trafficking.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Powered by WordPress Inspiro WordPress Theme by WPZOOM