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For children everywhere

Why campaign with Unicef?

Right now, children are in incredible danger. War and conflict is destroying children’s homes and forcing them to make dangerous journeys to find safety. It’s happening now to children like Yana, who lived happily with her mum and dad in Syria until the war tore her family apart. She had to escape on her own and crossing the sea in a flimsy dinghy was the only way to reach her family in Europe.

Campaigning with us can change this. Campaigning makes a difference to children’s lives.

We want to reunite children safely and legally with their families and stop them from having to take dangerous journeys. Responding to pressure from Unicef campaigners, the UK Government has pledged to bring to safety every child in the Calais settlement who has family in the UK. But we must not stop here. There are many more children in Italy, Greece and across Europe who are still waiting to be reunited with their family.

The threats children face as they travel alone across Europe to reach family in the UK, are the same as those that confronted the children in Calais. The UK must continue to fulfil its legal and moral right duty to protect refugee children from traffickers, violence and sexual exploitation.

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How does campaigning actually work?

We have done more to influence laws and policies to protect children than anyone else. And it’s thanks to our campaigners.

In 2014 and 2015, we reached a milestone for children who were victims of child trafficking. Joined by 70,000 campaigners, we called on Theresa May, Home Secretary at the time, to make sure that trafficked children are protected by law, and prioritised in the Modern Slavery Bill, which was going through Parliament at the time.

The final Act that passed today has a much stronger focus on children, and it includes significant measures that wouldn’t have been achieved without campaigners like you. The Act means that children will be less likely to face wrongful imprisonment for crimes their traffickers have forced them to commit.

The change in this law would help children like 16-year-old Precious, who agreed to leave Nigeria to avoid an arranged marriage to a 63-year-old man. She was at the mercy of traffickers on her dangerous journey, and once she arrived in the UK, she was threatened, raped and forced to have sex to repay a “debt” to her traffickers of almost £50,000. When she finally managed to escape, she was arrested for holding a false identity card, and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

Campaigning works. And we need you and your campaigning voice to keep more children safe.

The Modern Slavery Act is now law, and will make a huge difference to the lives of trafficked children. Photo: Unicef 2014 Irby

The Modern Slavery Act is now law, and will make a huge difference to the lives of trafficked children.
Photo: Unicef 2014 Irby

Campaigners Duncan and Jum at the Welcome Refugees march in September 2016. Unicef/2016/Fields
Sometimes I feel there's things that I want to change in the world but what can I do? By campaigning it's about getting big enough numbers involved.

Everybody can help - you may just be one person but collectively we have an influence.

Duncan, Unicef UK Campaigner at the Welcome Refugees March
September 2016