Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for commercial or personal gain. Modern slavery is all around us, but often just out of sight. Belfast hosted our team and gave us a chance to distribute knowledge to a keen group of interpreters.
We are grateful to be able to present such an event on modern slavery and human trafficking in front of so many keen interpreters willing and ready to learn on a weekend. We explored the legislation and various offences that police and government agencies would be investigating and would need interpreting. Everyone in the room got really involved and the amount of knowledge shared was fantastic.
Simon was also very pleased to visit Belfast and raise awareness around the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking. He said, “It was my first-time visiting Belfast and I received a very warm welcome from an amazing group of interpreters who gave up their own time on a weekend to increase their professional knowledge and I look forward to returning to continue their learning journey.”
We also spent quite a lot of time on trying to explain our course by showing a lot of examples, with different environments and quite a lot of case studies. This helped us to get people involved into asking questions and it definitely helped us to give them an insight on legal procedures and the interpreter role. This productive day allowed our team to not only spread out the knowledge of modern slavery, but also to have some great discussions. Many of the interpreters shared that the information was distributed in an interesting way where they were able to link their new knowledge to their career development.
Here is also some of the feedback we received:
“Factual content was highly interesting with great practical examples such as briefing.”
“Very interesting discussions and clarifications of what to expect.”
“Very interactive group work and good information.”
“The information was very beneficial, especially now I have made the connection between human trafficking and medical interpreting.”
“Simon was extremely knowledgeable, he didn’t have to reference statutes he just knew them. He is very experienced in policing and also knows the law and a great trainer.”
Zakon would like to thank Rosie Budd for her time and dedication in organising this event which was delayed several times due to lockdown. Her persistence and co-operation with Zakon enabled this day to go ahead.
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