AGM 2020

SWVG AGM (Annual General Meeting) was on 16 November 2020 by Zoom. 

Motions were passed that made two small changes to the formal constitution of SWVG. One changed the definition of Members and the other increased the maximum number of Trustees from 10 to 12. These changes allow SWVG to have Trustees who have a lived experience of the asylum process. This will broaden and diversify the Trustees and help us to make better decisions.

See SWVG constitution UPDATED at the AGM on 16 Nov 2020.

See list of trustees here.

2020 AGM Agenda.

Elizabeth Flint (Beth) was the guest speaker. She shared some of her experiences of working with trafficked women, Freedom from Torture and the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID), followed by questions. See notes by Beth outlining the key points she covered during her talk –AGM 2020 – Beth Flint notes from speech 

Beth also mentioned various resources during her talk, and shared the following links:
ATLEU https://atleu.org.uk/ is a law firm that specialises in trafficking. They are a very trusted pair of hands and would always try and help signpost even if they don’t have capacity.
ATLEU have ATHUB http://athub.org.uk/ an anti-trafficking resource hub.
The Human Trafficking Foundation https://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/ourwork has a national advisory forum that you can apply to join and that provide regular newsletters with useful updates on policy, reform, developments in the sector.
ATLEP is the legal practitioner’s group (but not exclusively for legal practitioners), if anyone would like me to put them in touch with the administrator of that group then let me know and I can introduce them.
Information about the Call to Action that AVID launched last week at its AGM, in relation to those in prison under immigration powers.
There is also a report available here on the impact of COVID on volunteer visits that may be of interest
There is also a new downloadable leaflet here for people that work with those in the community at risk of detention
Freedom from Torture are involved in a number of campaigns at the moment. If anyone is interested, see

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