“Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here” ~ Kailash Satyarthi

“Our consumer economy is driven at its most basic level by resource extraction, pulling things from the earth, an extraction that we never actually see…The profits generated when we go shopping flow back down the chain and fuel more assaults on the natural world, drive more people toward enslavement, and feed more goods into the global supply chain. Round and round it goes — our spending fuels a criminal perpetual motion machine that eats people and nature like a cancer” ~ Prof Kevin Bales, Blood and Earth

Blueheart tartan

Human trafficking is a mounting global problem and one of the world’s most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world and robbing them of their dignity. The Blueheart tartan symbolises the collective heartbeat of those who are trafficked and provides another way for people to show their solidarity against this modern form of slavery, represented in the tartan by black lines that intersect to form a cage. The Blueheart tartan was inspired by the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign, an international initiative to raise awareness of the plight of trafficking victims and build the political will needed to fight the criminals who make a living buying and selling human beings. This Campaign is coordinated by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. www.unodc.org/blueheart. In 2015 Liberation Kilt Company became a private partner of the Blue Heart Campaign.

Scottish Tartan Register No. 11405; UK Patent Office No. 4040928

Weaving the Blueheart at Bute Fabrics, Scotland

“I encourage all countries and people to contribute to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, which provides crucially important legal and financial aid to victims. I urge all partners to come together through this Fund – the governments, international organizations, civil society groups, businesses and individuals who already support this cause, and those who I hope will join us” ~ Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General

UN Guide, Vienna

Lianne La Havas wearing Blueheart guitar strap at Glastonbury Festival, Summer 2017 (photo: Mark Pickthall)

Working with Joanna Green (formerly with Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford) we have designed a series of striking digital prints marrying the tartan with the UN blue heart. We are working with an American furniture company on a new collection, which will be showcased at High Point Market.

We are working with reputable brands incorporating the Blueheart tartan into their product lines, such as MacGregor & MacDuff.

Blueheart ties & ring cushions by MacGregor & MacDuff

Twenty per cent of net profits from the sale of Blueheart fabric goes to charity. Recipients include UN House Scotland (UHHS) and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking.

Liberation Kilt Company is a proud partner in the See Me, Free Me campaign organised by UNHS, whose aim is to raise awareness for the causes, impacts, and signs of human trafficking and modern slavery in Scottish communities.

The UN Voluntary Trust Fund supports a wide range of NGOs helping trafficking victims and fighting traffickers in the courts. They include:

ALBANIA – Different & Equal is an Albanian non-profit organization with nearly ten years of grassroots experience in anti-trafficking activities. The objective of this project is to support comprehensive reintegration services for victims of human trafficking from the initial stages where victims are newly liberated through to their full reintegration back into the community. Activities to assist victims include the provision of core services such as food, medical care and accommodation. Trafficking victims are also helped in transitioning toward semiindependent living and ultimately the move toward more autonomy.

  Bangladesh – Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) The project will provide shelter and support to 150 survivors of human trafficking, forced labour and illegal migration for victims aged 14 and older. The projects  thematic priorities are protection of victims, their rehabilitation, and ensuring prosecution of traffickers.

BURUNDI – Initiative pour le Développement  de la Population en Milieu Rural (IDPR) aims to ensure high-school education to young, female victims of trafficking who were unable to finish their studies, and to inform the girls’ families about the impact of trafficking in persons on individuals and their communities. The project will provide reintegration and schooling support for 15 girls who are victims of human trafficking  and who come from the most socio-economically disadvantaged families.

CANADA – Covenant House provides youth-focused services and support to victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking and supports young women to leave exploitative circumstances and become independent. This project will provide tailored and specialized assistance to victims of trafficking out of the broader group of homeless youth they serve. The project expects to serve 12-20 victims per year.

EGYPT & INDIA – Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions (COFS) COFS will provide or facilitate direct victim support for persons trafficked for the removal of organs in Egypt and India. The project aims to identify and link at least 250 trafficked persons with both medical and legal assistance providers and to document experiences for further project development.

ETHIOPIA – Agar Ethiopia Charitable Society is the only non-government organization in Ethiopia working on human trafficking to fill the gaps in all areas of trafficking in persons. The project will provide shelter, medical, psychiatric treatment and psychological care, and skills training to 180 female victims of trafficking returning from the Middle East and other countries.

GUATEMALA – El Refugio de la Niñez established a shelter destined to provide integral attention to victims of human trafficking. The integral services include the provision of housing, health, education, psychological attention, family strengthening and legal support. The Fund will ensure legal support in cases of exploitation and human trafficking to 150 girls.

INDIA – Association for Voluntary Action, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (AVA/BBA) has been successful in both direct intervention against trafficking through rescue and rehabilitation of victims and indirect intervention by bringing out significant changes to policies and laws related to protection of victims of exploitation, capacity building of law enforcement agencies and facilitating prosecution of the exploiter. The project  proposes to rescue 450 children out of forced labour and provide them with shelter, rehabilitation, legal aid and legally-protected access to owed wages.

MALTA – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS Malta) will assist victims of trafficking through access to legal remedies and to obtain the protection, care and support they require, through the provision of timely and accurate information and counselling, legal services, psychosocial support and limited material assistance. The project aims to assist 15-30 victims per year.

MEXICO – Justicia para Nuestras Hijas (JPNH) proposes to support deceased victims and their families, particularly their mothers, with legal assistance and support to public prosecutors when investigating trafficking crimes. There are 24 who will directly benefit, and 12 of the victims mothers, will be provided with legal and psychological support. More information about this NGO.

NEPAL – Raksha Nepal seeks to provide direct support to 400 victims, such as rescue, safe home, counselling, medication, vocational training and a link with the ´Raksha´ saving and credit cooperative for the start-up of small businesses in Nepal. The organization supports migrant workers who became victims of trafficking in the Middle East.

NICARAGUA – Casa Alianza Nicaragua (CAN) CAN’s methodology for recovery and social reintegration provides assistance directly tailored to the needs of adolescents that have been abandoned, abused, exploited and/or fallen victims to TIP crimes. Services include psychological, medical and legal assistance, enrolment in formal education, technical and vocational education, family reintegration, job training and skills for independent living.

NIGERIA – African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) provides legal and humanitarian assistance to victims of trafficking returning to their communities and focuses on finding long-term economic empowerment solutions for these victims. The project will support an additional 60 victims with access to vocational training and professional opportunities in order to create small businesses or become part of a cooperative of former victims by the end of its three-year implementation.

ROMANIA – Association for Developing Alternative Practices for Reintegration and Education (ADPARE) intends to improve the quality of life for trafficking victims and their families. It seeks to assist victims with their physical wellbeing, emotional health and economic sustainability. The project aims to provide a full range of services to at least 30 victims of trafficking in persons over the course of 3 years, both domestic and international, including services to adults and minors.

SENEGAL – Samusocial (SSN) has developed significant knowledge on the issue of child victims of trafficking. SSN organises a wide framework of activities, from medical, psychological and social care in the streets, to accommodation of street children, including child victims of trafficking. About 2,500 to 3,000 child victims of trafficking in Dakar will benefit from a consistent package of services based on human rights.

SERBIA – NGO ATINA has extensive experience in providing direct support to female, male and child victims of trafficking in persons. The organization focuses on assisting victims short-, mid- and long-term through a Transition House, a Reintegration Centre and community based networks. The project will seek to assist 150 victims in the 3-year project.

THAILAND – FOCUS (Foundation for Child Understanding) works in the northern regions of Thailand where support for trafficked persons is much needed. The project will assist approximately 150 trafficked persons, mainly girls and boys ages 14 to 17, including local population, migrant workers, ethnic minority groups, stateless people and marginalized persons.

UZBEKISTAN – Istiqbolli Avlod Tashkent seeks to provide direct, effective and sustainable remedies for victims of labour exploitation and trafficking, with an emphasis on assistance delivery by grassroots organizations, by providing 3-5 victims a month with legal aid, access to justice, psychosocial support and medical care.

VIETNAM – Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation works with children trafficked domestically for child labour, and girls and young females trafficked for the sex trade in China. It will provide psycho-social support to at least 15 child victims of sex  trafficking immediately after their rescue from China, in order to ensure continuing support for a three year period to assist their reintegration into the community and recovery from trauma.

For more information please consult this report: