Meeting with new IASC Commissioner Eleanor Lyons

Staff from Medaille have met with the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Eleanor Lyons.

Ms. Lyons met with staff and residents at our London West safehouse.

Eleanor commented:

"It was good to visit the team at Medaille, to hear directly from survivors, and to see first-hand their important contribution to the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking through the ‘Protect, Prevent, Pursue’ strategy.

Their outreach programmes across the UK provide essential foundational care, safety and support, and the Victims’ Voices initiative demonstrates how important it is for individuals with unique lived experience to have agency during their own recovery journey. I was also encouraged by Medaille’s partnership work within communities to raise awareness of the risks to vulnerable groups and to equip them with important information and knowledge.

Medaille’s approach is a good example of how we can effectively tackle the issues of modern slavery and trafficking and best support victims and survivors, and I look forward to working collaboratively with them on these shared goals.”

Garry Smith, Medaille's CEO said:

"It was great to welcome Eleanor to see our London West service, and we're particularly grateful for the time she took to speak directly to our service users. We look forwards to seeing how Eleanor's vital work as the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner develops in the coming months."

Thank you to Eleanor for her visit, and interest in our work!