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Evidence to pre-legislative scrutiny of the Victims Bill

Kamena Dorling

We submitted evidence to the Justice Select Committee for its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Victims Bill on behalf of the the Detention Taskforce on Victims of Human Trafficking in Immigration Detention and in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.

This evidence focused on the need for the the Bill and Victim’s Code to be drafted in such a way as to ensure that all victims of crime, including those subject to immigration control, are included. If the Bill is to ensure equal access to justice and support for all victims, it must include a provision that would guarantee secure reporting pathways and prevent automatic data sharing between statutory services and Immigration Enforcement.