Campaigns

Wear Black Walk Silent

Was it only ten days ago that I joined the silent caterpillar of about 80 people, mostly dressed in black and walking in single file through yummy mummy Stocksbridge, Edinburgh? Participating in this event, lasting a little over an hour, generated some enduring images and insights. I’m no Ivan Denisovich but have written about one… Continue reading Wear Black Walk Silent

Campaigns

Walk for Freedom

On the 16th of October, SOHTIS in partnership with Broughton High Scool, Edinburgh, hosted A21’s 7th annual Walk for Freedom. Politicians, campaigners and faith leaders came together with abolitionists all over the world, to shine a spotlight on modern slavery and human trafficking.  Human trafficking, the buying and selling of men, women and children has… Continue reading Walk for Freedom

Supporters

Justice Shall Be Done You

Coltsfoot is a flower that is inconspicuous in appearance, often ignored by travellers passing by. Despite the ignorance of the world, Coltsfoot still grows strong, blooming within obscurity. It wasn’t until a botanist recognised this humble flower for its remarkable scent that remains during a season when all others have faded. With the help of… Continue reading Justice Shall Be Done You

Research

When Work Doesn’t Pay

'When Work Doesn't Pay' explores how perpetrators of labour exploitation in Scotland use online platforms to recruit.

Campaigns

#choosetochallenge

Women victims of human trafficking experience higher levels of PTSD than those fleeing from war or mass violence. #choosetochallenge exploitation.

Be Informed

Nose in a Book

Book Week Scotland 2020 is almost here! A wonderful week of indulgent celebrating for all of us avid readers.  As I use it as another excuse to stick my nose in a book and research my wish list of all my next reads.  I have been reflecting on some grim but essential reading I have… Continue reading Nose in a Book

Be Informed

21st Century Trailblazers

In 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Texas announcing the end of the civil war and the final group of African Americans free.  The day came more than two years after the emancipation proclamation. 157 years on, despite the tireless and courageous work of abolitionists and the ownership of people being illegal in each… Continue reading 21st Century Trailblazers

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Financial Planners Walk for Victims

Fourteen of Edinburgh's wonderful Sutherland Independent staff team have participated in the national 2.6 challenge, raising funds for the vicitms of trafficking. This leading team of financial advisors, who have a track record in raising funds for charity, have used ten days of their lockdown exercise time to walk or run 2.6 miles and raise… Continue reading Financial Planners Walk for Victims

Supporters

Weaving Creativity & Justice

Scottish artist, Linda Hoskins is a maker and Fine Art graduate of Grays School of Art.  Using light, landscape, colour and texture, she creates work that has an ethereal outcome.  She uses texture and a layering technique to create unique painting and want to draw you into a world of peace using colour to capture… Continue reading Weaving Creativity & Justice

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The Sound of Quiet

The streets are empty, the shops are closed, the sound of quiet.  Nothing seems normal at present; social distancing is the new norm.  Where are the car wash workers?  Where are the nail bar workers?  Where are the women and men trapped in sex slavery?  Where are those being forced to cultivate drugs? Life may… Continue reading The Sound of Quiet