Aims & Philosophy
Vision and mission of LSI
La Strada International is a leading European NGO Network addressing trafficking in human beings, comprising eight independent member organisations, operating from a grass root level.
LSI aims to ensure a world without trafficking in human beings where human rights are respected.
LSI empowers persons to have access to human rights and exercise their rights. The International Secretariat develops the capacity of the member organisations and other stakeholders to provide better services to trafficked persons and at-risk groups and empowers them to improve the quality of their lives.
Values & principles of LSI
Since its establishment in 1995, LSI’s work is based on the overall Human Rights principle defining trafficking in human beings as a severe violation of human rights, with a trafficked persons’ centred approach. This approach promotes a strong belief that the rights of all human beings should be protected including the rights of (irregular) migrant workers, domestic workers and sex workers. This approach is reflected in the mission statement of the association and in the Code of Conduct. Hence, LSI members commonly agree:
- To consider trafficking in human beings a severe violation of human rights
- To respect the rights of all persons to make decisions about all aspects of their lives
- To consider it crucial to offer all possible adequate, effective and efficient support to trafficked persons
To contribute to the development, improvement and implementation of human rights based preventive and protective policies and measures, to ensure that the rights of trafficked persons and at-risk groups are protected in practice
To reach this goal, the following strategic objectives have been set:
To strengthen the role of NGOs in impact monitoring of existing anti-trafficking and related policies and measures for trafficked persons.
To ensure adequate implementation and impact monitoring of protective measures, La Strada International will promote NGO impact assessment from the national to international level, towards increased influence on European policies.
To strengthen the financial sustainability of LSI’s secretariat and members
To ensure the sustainability of the provision of services, LSI will try to diversify its funds, attract non-state and business funding and increase unrestricted and endowments funds.
To strengthen LSI’s evidence-based planning and policy development
To ensure the effectiveness of LSI’s work and to create future plans based on results, LSI will set up an internal monitoring and evaluation system and improve its facts and figures development to enable adequate collection and processing of data to generate the necessary evidence.
To increase LSI’ visibility
To increase the visibility and promote LSI as a reliable knowledge and expertise network and key actor, LSI will professionalise its PR and marketing, making use of modern tools and technologies.
To increase the effect of the operation and management of LSI
To enhance its capacity, LSI will further invest in the development of its bodies (board, advisory council, secretariat, and member organisations), and to clarify and strengthen their mandate and improve communication channels.
To strengthen LSI’s networking and partnership with external stakeholders
To ensure that the network is strong and sustainable, LSI will further build and maintain alliances and partnerships with other networks and gradually expand its own network.