The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity based in London which was founded by Helen Bamber in 2005. The specialist team of therapists, doctors and legal experts hold an international reputation for providing therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations.
HBF grew from the recognition that people who have suffered any kind of prolonged inter-personal violence – whether from human trafficking; war; community, domestic or gender-based violence – present with similar physical and psychological symptoms to torture survivors. The Foundation extends the model of care that Helen has developed over decades for people who suffered state torture to include a wider range of survivors who had previously lacked such specialist support.
Abuses of human rights are taking place in 150 countries around the world. 30% of people requesting international protection in the UK are estimated to have experienced torture or serious harm. 30 million people are estimated to be living under conditions of slavery worldwide; more than at any time during the transatlantic slave trade. Even these figures are unlikely to fully represent the scale of the problem because of systematic failures in recognising survivors, flaws in immigration processes and the clandestine nature of extreme human cruelty.
Despite the prevalence of torture, trafficking and human rights violations worldwide, many survivors find that their account is disbelieved by the UK authorities. Statistics do not show the trials that people face in seeking refugee status recognition in the UK: the arduous, often distressing legal procedures they have to go through, the level of socio-economic deprivation and danger they live in, the realities of detention or imprisonment, and the hidden injuries of trauma, isolation and loss.
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