Pluto has launched a pre-order campaign which helps raise funds for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). It comes ahead of the publication of The Truth About Modern Slavery by Emily Kenway in January next year.
For each pre-order of the book, the publisher will donate £1 to the organisation. It will also co-host an online event to highlight the material discussed in the book.
Emily Orford, senior marketing manager, said: "Since joining Pluto, I have focused on how we can get involved with radical organisations that work alongside the important messages of our books. It’s not enough for Pluto just to publish on political issues, where we can we also donate to, or show solidarity with campaigns that are making a real difference to people’s lives. JCWI’s work goes hand in hand with Emily’s book as they are not afraid to challenge the government on the hard issues relating to immigration, striving for a country where immigrants are celebrated, rather than discriminated against."
The JCWI is an independent national charity that has been campaigning for justice in immigration, asylum and nationality law for over 50 years. The organisation also seeks to "provide an escape route" for the "many immigrants who find themselves trapped in the world of modern slavery".
Commenting on the campaign, Satbir Singh, c.e.o. of the JCWI, said: "This new book offers an engaging and necessary look at how very far the government's rhetoric on combating modern slavery is from its track record of knowingly creating the conditions for slavery and exploitation to thrive. It's required reading for anyone who is serious about tackling these issues. We're so grateful to Emily and to Pluto Press for their generosity and support for our work fighting the Hostile Environment and striving for a country that treats all its workers well, wherever they've come from."
Kenway added: "In writing this book, it was acutely apparent how hostile-environment immigration policies are needlessly pushing people into exploitation. The government likes to promote itself as a global leader in tackling 'modern slavery', all the while creating the conditions for exploitation to flourish. The book serves to expose this flagrant hypocrisy and, by donating to JCWI, the leading organisation fighting such inhumane policies, I hope it can go even further by supporting practical action to improve migrants' rights and lives."