MVA Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project Named Signatory Service Provider for the Liechtenstein Initiative’s Survivor Inclusion Initiative
Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project has become a signatory survivor support partner for the Liechtenstein Initiative’s Survivor Inclusion Initiative, housed at the United Nations University in New York.
The Survivor Inclusion Initiative provides a framework to match identified survivors of modern slavery to basic financial services, such as checking accounts, savings accounts and debit cards. This framework is for financial institutions, regulators, governmental actors and other key stakeholders, including survivor support organizations, such as Moore & Van Allen.
“While our primary role is to support survivors' legal needs, the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project is looking forward to referring interested clients to participating banks for financial services,” said Sarah Dohoney Byrne, who leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project and advises organizations on human trafficking prevention. “Such services are vital to survivors in their pursuit of independence and financial stability. This is yet another synergy Moore & Van Allen has with financial services companies in our collective fight against human trafficking and support of survivors."
The Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery & Trafficking (FAST) was launched in September 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly and is housed at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York. FAST is a public-private partnership including the Governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands as well as private sector and charitable groups. United Nations University Centre for Policy Research is an independent UN think tank advancing innovative solutions to global public policy challenges. Additional information about the Survivor Inclusion Initiative is available here.
ACAMS has teamed up with the Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST Initiative) to develop the first of its kind human trafficking certificate. This free online training aims to raise awareness about the financial footprints left by modern slavery and human trafficking and provides a framework to help mitigate and remedy these risks. Additional information about this program is available here.