European Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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Tackling trafficking in human beings at European level

La Strada International is a European NGO Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings, that works from a human rights perspective in support of trafficked persons.
The platform aims to prevent human trafficking and to protect and realize trafficked persons' rights. This is done by providing access to adequate assistance and support, by information provision and exchange and capacity building of NGOs and other relevant stakeholders. Much focus is put on monitory and advocacy for change and cross-sectoral cooperation to ensure accountability for the effective implementation of European anti-trafficking policies and regulations at national European level.

La Strada International is active at a broad European level. Currently the platform comprises 25 member organisations and one associate member in 22 European countries. All members are NGOs, operating independently and at grass root level.

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Latest news

La Strada International Statement on Coronavirus

Impact of Coronavirus on trafficked persons and vulnerable groups

To raise awareness for the huge impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on various vulnerable groups, La Strada International issued a statement to call for attention to the challenging situation of trafficked persons and those vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation and abuse, as well as for targeted measures to ensure their protection and support and prevent their discrimination and unequal treatment. The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is affecting all our countries and societies with most European States taking restrictive measures to prevent and limit the wide-spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the health risks for the population. It is especially now, in times of crisis, that inequality and discrimination heighten not only the risks of abuse and severe exploitation for those who are most vulnerable but place them at further risk of being exposed to the infection thus potentially becoming even a scapegoat for public health risks.

 

Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

All 25 La Strada International member organisations follow the national safety restrictions related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), while trying to ensure that services can continue and that trafficked persons receive adequate assistance and information. Shelters run by our members remain open but have become less accessible and assistance is reduced to a minimum. Much effort is taken to keep up protection standards to avoid virus infections, while consultations are now offered online. Helplines receive many questions from migrant workers who have lost their jobs and housing due to the restrictions and many have difficulties to access solidarity services (for food, daily shelter, etc...). Many are not insured for this lack of income and will have to find a way to survive.

La Strada presents at the European Parliament

On 2 December 2019, La Strada International (LSI), the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and Victim Support Europe (VSE) organised an event for MEPs on compensation and complaints mechanisms up actions; a report on this event as well as blog written by PICUM are now available. The 3 organisations have taken follow up actions, including letters to MEPs, to ensure adequate remedies are available for undocumented migrants. The advocacy focused on ensuring that new thematic EU funding (AMIF and EFS) will be made available for complaint mechanisms of undocumented workers.

EU releases it Gender Equality Strategy

On March 5th 2020, the EC published its Gender Equality Strategy for the period 2020 – 2025, which presents policy objectives and actions towards a gender-equal Europe. Key objectives included ending gender-based violence; challenging gender stereotypes; closing gender gaps in the labour market; addressing the gender pay and pension gaps and achieving gender balance in decision-making and in politics. As one of the first deliverables of the Strategy, the Commission will propose binding pay transparency measures by the end of 2020.