Respect for human dignity
Slavery is more than a crime. It is an offence against human dignity. Every case of exploitation represents a failure of someone to respect the inherent human dignity of another. Yet we live in a world where human beings are bought, sold and forced into exploitation in their tens of millions. Above all Arise is committed to promoting and protecting human dignity, from which all rights and freedoms flow.
Where human dignity is under attack within the human family, solidarity demands we defend it. Belief in individual human dignity makes it impossible to turn your back on human suffering, regardless of creed, colour or other status. This confers a collective responsibility. The same solidarity demands that we challenge systems where unjust practices have become enshrined, leading to exploitation, and in the worst cases, direct enslavement, mutilation, and death. We are active in our commitment to solidarity - convening and connecting people of good will across all social and professional boundaries.
No two cases of exploitation are the same. For this reason, meeting the needs of survivors requires unflinching attentiveness, tenacity and an entrepreneurial spirit. At the same time, survivors are sometimes so affected by what they have endured that meeting their needs means providing stable, unconditional accompaniment over long periods. We believe that the qualities of creativity and unconditionality - which, to some degree, are in tension - are key to keeping human dignity at the heart of front- line work and the antidote to commodification.
Arise chooses to work in a way which respects the expertise and right to self-determination of local activists. We aim to contribute to the building up of local networks in recognition of the truth that no one organisation alone can end slavery. We aim not to impose our ideas from the centre, but to listen, amplifying local voices, practising patience in all our alliances. It is our belief that this way of operating means that we can be a catalyst for positive change in the front- line movement against modern slavery, adding capacity where we can, and supporting in other ways where our role is better fulfilled that way.
While Arise is not a faith-based charity, we recognise the power of faith to bring about long-lasting change and often support faith-based work. Well over 80% of the global population is religiously affiliated - even higher in many of the worst affected regions. Arise believes a faith-basis can bring an added dimension to frontline work, enhancing its change making power. In addition, many highly motivated frontline initiatives are faith-based, embedded in the communities they serve, often working very sacrificially and economically. Their contribution is too often overlooked. Where work like this is authentically plural and free from proselytism, Arise is delighted to support it.
John Studzinski CBE
An American-born British investment banker and philanthropist and the Vice Chairman of PIMCO. His philanthropy extends to modern slavery, human rights, homelessness and the arts, through his UK charity, the Genesis Foundation. A leader in the philanthropy world for over 35 years, John co-founded Arise in 2015. His admiration for and devotion to those at the frontline of the human trafficking crisis continue to shape and inspire Arise’s prevention work. John is Arise's Founding President and head of the Global Advisory Board.
Trixie brings to the board long and proven experience in the anti-slavery movement. She was a board member of the Helen Bamber Foundation and her commitment to women who have suffered sexual exploitation led her to train as a psychosynthesis counsellor in 2007-2010 and to work in a women's centre for two years. For the last five years she has been involved in the Thomson Reuters Trust Conference. Most important of all, she is mother to seven. Trixie is chair of Arise's Board of Trustees.
A former officer in the US Navy, David has dedicated his life to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. David was intimately involved in the US Defense Department’s development of the Memex suite of counter human trafficking tools. He is the founder of Whistle Lake Consulting, a technology firm that works to expand understanding of criminal behaviour. David is vice-chair of Arise's Board of Trustees.
HRH Madawi Al Saud
Madawi is Chairwoman of Ibtissam, which she founded in June 2013 to advocate zero tolerance towards human trafficking, through legislation and awareness raising across the Arab world. She specialises in the structure and administration of shelters in challenging circumstances, a subject on which her view is regularly sought as a consultant. She holds degrees from Kings College, London, and the Sorbonne, Paris.
UK and Ireland Regional Director of Porticus – the international organisation that manages the grant-giving programmes of entities established by the Brenninkmeijer family. Jane brings decades of experience to Arise’s grant-giving. For eleven years (2004-2013) Jane and a colleague jointly coordinated Porticus’ Women of Faith programme which was particularly concerned with women religious in East and Southern Africa and their leadership in the areas of health, education and women's rights.
Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s most senior policeman, from 2011 to 2017. During this time, he oversaw a massive reduction in murder rates and crime overall, as well as successfully policing the London Olympics. He is passionate about ending human trafficking and modern slavery. While Commissioner he was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Marta Group.
Sr Lynda Dearlove RSM MBE
A Mercy Sister and founder of Women at the Well, an institution dedicated to serving women in street based prostitution and victims of human trafficking in Central London. Sr Lynda's voice is an established part of the national and international conversation surrounding women’s welfare, serving the National Alliance of Women’s Organisation, European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s National Commission and their Violence Against Women Working Group.
A Crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, Lord Alton has served in Parliament since 1979, when he was the “baby of the House” – the youngest Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. He is renowned for his tenacious commitment to human rights, leading him to take up causes from the Congo to North Korea. He is perhaps best known for his advocacy on behalf of persecuted minorities, discernible throughout his long and distinguished parliamentary career.
Sr Pat Murray IBVM
A Loreto Sister and Executive Secretary of the International Union of the Superiors General, representing more than 350,000 women religious. Sister Pat has held a variety of leadership positions, each expressing her lifelong commitment to justice and peace. Notably, prior to coming to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan.
A barrister, practising in commercial and media litigation. After time as an officer in the British Army, Peter was educated at Cambridge, where he read social and political sciences and international relations. At university Peter was treasurer of a large student-run charity and he has served a number of NGOs in various capacities since. He is also is a sought after political commentator and writer of legal obituaries. Peter lives and works in the Middle East.
A marketing and business development consultant who has worked with global clients such as Morgan Stanley, National Grid and Deutsche Bank. Wendy serves as an advisor to LifeWay Network, a safe housing and education program in New York that nurtures and empowers women who have been trafficked. From 2008-2013 she partnered with an ambassador of MTV EXIT, a campaign to end human trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness, promoting positive behaviour change and driving social action.
Sr Deirdre Mullan RSM
As a Sister of Mercy, Deirdre served as Director of the Mercy Global Concern at the UN for over ten years. Between 2012 and 2014 she served as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Global Justice at the UN, responsible for providing access to UN events for over 125 small congregations who did not have the resources for full-time representatives. Since 2014 she has worked with UNICEF. She is one the founding members of the NGO The Mercy Girl Effect.
Luke de Pulford
Educated between the UK, Italy, and Lesotho, Luke came to an early appreciation of the importance of solidarity. Much of his professional life has focussed on the UK Parliament, where he is well known for his work in defence of human dignity. Luke is co-founder and director of the Arise Foundation.
Jessica has a range of experience in human rights work, working on issues such as access healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa to inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East. She spent several years in Kosovo where she monitored war crime trials, worked in the highest levels of government, and advocated for the rights of minority communities. She is Director of Programmes.
Tinuke spent 20 years with Motorola after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in London. Her time with Motorola spanned international operations including being the Corporate Finance Manager for Middle East Operations. Tinuke’s career has been focused on internal controls, financial governance and bid strategy. Tinuke has supported a number of charities in the past, and has been Treasurer of Home Start Westminster since 2015. She is Finance Manager at Arise.
Tove van Lennep
Over her life and education in South Africa, Turkey and the Netherlands, Tove developed a clear picture of inequality and injustice, and a career for the protection of human dignity. After working with refugees in the Hague, she spent several years in research and advocacy at an NGO in Johannesburg, managing their refugees and migration desk. Tove is Communications and Outreach Manager.
Greg is the former spokesperson for Pope Francis. Previous to that, he was the Senior Advisor for Communications in the Vatican Secretariat of State. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he studied in New York at Columbia College and the Graduate School of Journalism. He has spent most of his career abroad as a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and Fox News. Greg is Head of Global Communications and Outreach at Arise.
Sr Arpan Carvalho
Sr Arpan is a Bethany Sister who has devoted her life to anti-trafficking work in India. She has over a decade of experience working with those most vulnerable to trafficking as well as rehabilitating those already victims of trafficking. Sr Arpan is currently President of AMRAT, a network of 600 working on the frontlines against trafficking, and India Coordinator.
Sr Cecilia Espenilla
Sr Cecilia is a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena, Philippines, and a pioneer of the Philippines anti-trafficking movement. In 2017 she was appointed as the International Promoter of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of Dominican Sisters International (DSI). Her advocacy has taken her all over the world, from schools and shelters in Manila, to government offices, and to speak at the UN in Vienna. Sr Cecilia is Philippines Coordinator.
A three-time graduate of Vanderbilt University and published author,Ted is based in New York City and has been General Counsel of Arise since its inception. He is committed to raising awareness of modern slavery and advocating for its eradication.
A Cambridge graduate with an M.A. specialising in conflict-related sexual violence, Tessa has worked closely with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and criminal exploitation over the course of several years. After living in Washington D.C. whilst interning at the U.S. House of Representatives, she went on to conduct research for a "death row" appeal and run a homeless organisation. Tessa is Office Manager and Programs Administrator.
Through experience as an ethnic minority born and raised in Britain, Jaya developed a deep understanding of the importance of human rights from an early age. With a background in Holocaust education and commemoration, Jaya has a range of experience in the area of genocide and atrocity studies, supporting the extensive survivor network through multiple organisations. Jaya has spent several years working on the issues of international development, interfaith cohesion and minority rights advocacy. Jaya is Programs Assistant.
Chinomso has 8 years of experience in human rights and development in Nigeria. Focusing on issues ranging from child labour to health, democracy and governance, she has worked for both local and international organisations in Nigeria, including the UNDP, UNODC and ILO. Chinomso is supporting Arise's work in Nigeria.