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stand against slavery 2014 Annual Report A Baptist Justice Initiative


// CEO’s report

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stand Against Slavery’s very first annual report. On Wednesday 2 October 2013 the Council of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society approved the establishment of an independent charity to be called Stand Against Slavery (SAS). Confirmed as a joint initiative with the Council of the Baptist Union of New Zealand on Friday 4 October 2013, SAS was launched at the 2013 Baptist Assembly in South Auckland, as a missional response to the global injustice of slavery and human trafficking! For those who were at the launch you may remember a real sense of God moving us all to respond. This all began in a field in Murshidabad, 200kms north of Kolkata when completing a final discernment process for ministry extension for Freeset in February 2012. I met a young girl and her grandfather, her name is Nayan. What followed was an encounter with God, who whispered “Buy this field Peter, so Nayan and her friends never have to be sold.” Feeling the enormity of the task, which became much bigger than just a field and this young girl, I proceeded to develop an idea through much prayer, research and conviction to propose the genesis of Stand Against Slavery. The last twelve months has been a year of firsts and it is with deep satisfaction and gratitude that we have started SAS with strength. What we have achieved 1 // Stand Against Slavery 2014 Annual Report

most start up organisations struggle to achieve in their first five years. We started out with the audacity to suggest that what was missing in the abolition movement was an organisation whose sole purpose was to bring people and organisations together to work on ending slavery. We have been encouraged by the warm welcome we have received and the early contribution we have made. As you read this report keep in mind that this is the beginning of a long journey that we hope will end slavery globally by the end of the 21st Century and end slavery in NZ by 2040. I won’t be here at the turn of the century, but I pray my great grand children will live in a slave free world. I do hope I get to witness by 2040 a slave free NZ. It has been a privilege to guide this fledgling organisation through its early stages, blossoming into a credible and much needed organisation in the abolition movement here in New Zealand and around the world. Peter Mihaere Founder & CEO November 2014


Murshidabad, India 2013

“Buy this field Peter, so Nayan and her friends never have to be sold.�

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// The Year in review Incredibly, as the idea of Stand Against Slavery became a reality an amazing amount of momentum came in behind us. So much so, that we achieved our first three-year goals within the first twelve months. 1. Establish a fully functioning charitable trust by July 2014. We received notification on Good Friday (18 April 2014) that our application to form a charitable trust was accepted. This enabled us to set up bank accounts and form a governance board. Our inaugural board members are: Brian Winslade (Hamilton Central & Board Chair), Grant Warner (Titirangi), Michaela Vernall (Bethlehem), Daniel Palmer (Manukau City), Greg Knowles (Langholm), and Peter Mihaere as Founder & CEO (Eastview).

2. Develop strong relationships within the abolition community in NZ by the end of 2015. We have been warmly received by most people within the abolition community and relationships have developed well. This is what they are saying:

“Stand Against Slavery have been a wonderful source of information and it is great that you have taken a lead in the slavery and trafficking arena.” – Debbie Tohill – Interim General Manager, ECPAT NZ Child Alert “Stand Against Slavery is strategic and well-founded to grow into an organisation that will make a positive impact on the New Zealand landscape in their stated goal to make NZ the first country in the world to become slave free.” - Don Lord, Executive Director, Hagar NZ

3. Develop relationships with appropriate government agencies by 2016. As a fledgling organisation it was always going to be a big task to quickly develop relationships at the political and government agency level. Fortunately we have been introduced to a number of public servants and developed relationships with a solid number of key people in the NZ Police and Immigration NZ. We have officially and informally met with a number of MP’s who are open to further dialogue on this issue. 3 // Stand Against Slavery 2014 Annual Report


4. Develop key relationships with the international abolition community by the end of 2016. As a goal this is something to aspire to and build on the relationships that have already been formed over the last few years. Of note we were very pleased to have sponsored Helen Sworn from Cambodia, to come to New Zealand and talk about the importance of collaboration in the abolition space. Here is her reflection on Stand Against Slavery as an organisation so far:

“Stand Against Slavery have been intentional from day one, to collaborate broadly with both Christian and other sectors and also to link the key geographical areas of NZ in order to address the national, not just city issues. They have adopted a diverse mandate to a complex problem - seeing that slavery is not just about sex trafficking, but all forms of exploitation from labour trafficking to other human rights issues.� – Helen Sworn, Founder & International Director, Chab Dai Coalition

5. Ensure the delivery of sound evidence based research to determine the prevalence of, and work toward the abolition of slavery and exploitation in NZ. At the very beginning we joined a coalition of five other organisations who were committed to quantifying the prevalence of slavery in NZ. Together we commissioned the University of Auckland to study this issue. To date they have completed a literary review and commenced interviews with potentially exploited people. The stories we have heard so far point to a significant problem here in New Zealand. We will have a comprehensive report in the first half of 2016. This will help in our campaign to see more robust legislation and protection of the vulnerable.

6. Establish a sustainable funding model for the next five years.

We are currently in a season of talking with potential funders discussing how this might best be achieved. We have been most grateful to the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society for their significant financial contribution to get us going. We have appreciated the initiative individuals; churches; and community groups have taken to financially contribute to our work.

7. Develop a positive relationship with media so that we are seen as a key resource for them. Given the sensitivity of this issue there can sometimes be significant media interest. As we began to release media statements we have quickly become one of the sources the media accesses in telling their story. Staff have been on radio several times and the television exposure on 29 August 2014 helped give a credible voice, on behalf of the abolition movement, on an issue in NZ that has been dormant for too long.

8. Constantly pursue justice for the enslaved from a Christian worldview.

Whether it is within church circles; national church leaders meetings; the general NZ public; interacting with government; or encouraging and equipping abolition organisations, Stand Against Slavery is clearly communicating by action and values a Christian worldview. We dedicate time in prayer and reflection each week as we offer leadership in the abolition movement. We learn much each day from those who are more experienced, but have also been able to offer assistance along the way as well. Stand Against Slavery 2014 Annual Report // 4


Youhanabad, Pakistan 2012

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Slavery in our world //

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// The Why of Stand Against Slavery “Of all the people who have begun a noble journey, most end by the way-side, tired, broken and defeated. Yes, a noble cause will always face troubles and hardship, but this is not why they fall. They fall because they forget “why” they are on the journey.” - Anonymous

We gather around a common belief that all humans were made in the image of the Creator God. It follows then, that every human has certain unalienable rights that should never be contravened.

We believe that chief among these rights, is the right to be free, or as the UN Declaration of Human Rights puts it... “no one shall be held in slavery or servitude”.

We believe the only way to rid our world of the tyranny of slavery is for those with power to work together for those who are yet to have power. Our purpose is to stand together for as long as is necessary to see a slave free world.

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The How of Stand Against Slavery // We are convinced that there are five essential ingredients to creating an environment for a slave free world, and we are committed to investing our entire lives to ensuring these five ingredients flourish in our world. 1. Collaboration

We will never achieve a slave free world working individually towards this cause. We are committed to being a backbone organisation within the abolition movement both locally and globally.

2. Knowledge

From international accords, to collaborative theory, to who is doing what and where, on both the slave and abolition sides, knowledge is a key weapon in the war against slavery.

3. Spotlight

Evil exists in the shadows. We will turn the lights on. We are committed to exposing the conditions that allow for slavery at every level of society, all the way from foreign government policy to domestic buyer behaviour.

4. Action

Knowledge without action is untenable. We will act to conquer and remove slavery from its oppressive throne.

5. Strength

This war will not be won in a generation. It is essential that those who join the fight remain strong and healthy psychologically, emotionally and physically. It is also essential that our structure, systems and organisation are sustainable for the duration of the fight.

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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand 2011

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Projects for 2015 and beyond // Abolition Research

A groundbreaking New Zealand based research project in conjunction with the University of Auckland and a collition of six abolition organisations.

Collaborative Environments

Continue to grow the scope and scale of our monthly Freedom Coffee Club, to reach more abolition groups in the Auckland area. Convene collaborative impact initiatives in the legal, education, public health and business sectors.

Publishing

Three key books will be developed for publication focusing on key gaps in the abolition field of knowledge; The End of Slavery, The Abolition Almanac, and The World of My Dreams.

Abolition Portal

Develop of website which can serve as a portal into the abolition movement. Key focal areas will be research and information, directory of organisations, library of resources.

Church Resourcing

Create a SAS Toolbox for Churches, which has everything a pastor needs to begin to engage their church in the justice area of slavery, including stories, sermon outlines, activity ideas, youth kits, video resources, etc.

NZ Focused Policy Review

Following on from Steph Lambert’s groundbreaking review of New Zealand’s laws involving exploitation and trafficking, present a collaborative submission to the government on improving our systems in this area.

Advocacy

As we increasingly receive calls from those in need and those in danger, surround those individuals with the support structures, advocates and counsel they need and deserve. Stand Against Slavery 2014 Annual Report // 10


// Finance report Income The board of trustees and team at SAS would like to acknowledge and thank NZBMS for its incredible contribution to our first year. Your financial support has seen the birth of an organisation that will impact New Zealand and the world for many years to come.

Expenses

This is a snapshot of our first twelve months. We operate with a 31 March year end. For a full set of accounts, please contact our office. These accounts will be audited at the end of the financial year.

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Funding the future //

Critical to our ability and credibility as a collaborative backbone organisation for the abolition movement, is not to be seen as a competitor to other organisations’ donor dollars. As such, we are pursuing a long-term strategy of self-funding. In the short-term, we do require the support of a small number of committed individuals and organisations that see the value and impact of the vision we hold.

Short-Term (3 years) $1.3 million

Long-Term

Individuals - we are seeking a small group of donors (individuals, trusts, and churches) who would commit to supporting us over the next 3 years.

Annuity - we will launch a campaign to build an untouchable capital fund which invested with Baptist Savings will produce yearly income

Abolition Organisations - we will begin working with like-minded organisations to create a funding stream from services rendered to those organisations.

Membership - we will build a group of organisations which we collaborate with, who will ultimately fund projects and research.

Government Grants and Trust Funding - while these opportunities are few and far between in this sector, we will pursue any available funds for the work of abolition.

Donors - while we do not see this as part of our longterm strategy, there will always be room for those who wish to support the work we do.

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Nelson, New Zealand 28 August 2014

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The team at Stand Against Slavery // Peter J Mihaere - Vision & Leadership

Not just seeing where we should go, but taking the team, the organisation and the industry to that place, Peter’s role as CEO rests easily on shoulders that have over 25 years of proven success.

Nicola Winthrop - Collaboration & Mobilisation

We have an unwavering commitment to collaborative action. Nicola’s role ensures that everything we do honors that commitment. As a personal trainer and missionary, Nicola has a knack for connecting and getting it done.

Richard Nauck - Storyteller

Making sure we narrate our story and their story well, Richard’s career as a media trainer and documentarian has equipped him well to head up communications for Stand Against Slavery and the movement as a whole.

Steph Lambert - Concluded 7 November 2014

From researching and writing law reviews for government to connecting and advocating for exploited or enslaved individuals, Steph’s role has ensured that we are micro & macro abolitionists. Steph is a qualified lawyer, and has left SAS to pursue her law career in the justice arena.

Position Vacant - Advocacy & Capacity Building

We will be looking to fill this role in early 2015 as it is critical to the work we do in New Zealand in ensuring that we become a slave free country within the next generation.

Lapi Mariner - SAS Abolition Ambassador

Appointed in September of this year, Lapi represents another huge step for SAS. Lapi is a well known musician, the ‘voice of the Pacific’, worship leader at The Dream Centre, devoted husband and dad to two amazing kids.

Board of Trustees

Brian Winslade (Hamilton Central & Board Chair), Grant Warner (Titirangi), Michaela Vernall (Bethlehem), Daniel Palmer (Manukau City), Greg Knowles (Langholm), and Peter Mihaere as Founder & CEO (Eastview) Stand Against Slavery 2014 Annual Report // 14


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