National award for leader in anti-slavery
A commitment to protecting victims of human trafficking and modern slavery has resulted in a national award for a member of police staff.
Cristina Gavrilovic of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate was named one of the Women of the Future during a ceremony in London on Wednesday 15 November 2017.
The awards celebrate the most innovative, determined and talented young women from across the UK covering a variety of industries including media, science, sport and more.
Ms Gavrilovic, who represents both Kent Police and Essex Police in her role as anti-slavery partnership coordinator, was recognised in the Community Spirits category and was said to have impressed the judges with her clarity and vision.
‘I am very proud to have received this award, which I hope will help to raise awareness of the harm caused to vulnerable people through human trafficking and modern slavery.
‘These are two of the fastest-growing international crimes and a large source of income for the people responsible, who care little for the misery they inflict on victims who are often lured to the UK on the promise of a better life.
‘Instead they are forced to carry out backbreaking or degrading work for little or no pay, while living in substandard conditions and being mistreated and abused on a daily basis.
‘I have dedicated my career to helping such victims escape this vicious circle and am pleased on their behalf that these crimes are now receiving national attention.’
Among Ms Gavrilovic’s achievements that were recognised by the judging panel were the delivery of a safe house for victims and the training of more than 7,000 frontline professionals. She has also helped raise funds to support victims and bring offenders to justice.
Detective Superintendent Andy Waldie of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
‘I am very pleased to see Cristina win this prestigious award, which is well deserved.
‘She works tirelessly to provide a quality service to the victims of these serious offences, bringing many partners together with her dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her approach is leading the way nationally and I thank her for her continued support.’