European Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings

LS Services

La Strada Members

La Strada International - European NGO Platform against trafficking in human beings has currently 25 Members and one Associate member in 22 European countries. 

These are: Gender Perspectives / Social Changes (Belarus), Animus Association (Bulgaria), La Strada Czech Republic, Open Gate (Macedonia), La Strada Moldova, CoMensha (The Netherlands), La Strada Poland, La Strada Ukraine, Anti-Slavery International (UK), ASTRA - Anti-Trafficking Action (Serbia), Hope Now (Denmark), Human Resource Development Foundation (Turkey), KOK (Germany), Lefö (Austria), Migrant Rights Centre Ireland,  Novi Put (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Pag-Asa (Belgium), Pro Tukipiste (Finland), FIZ (Switzerland), ADPARE (Romania), FairWork (Netherlands), Ban Ying (Germany), Victim Support Finland (Finland), CCEM (France) and FLEX (UK).

Projecto Esperanza (Spain) is an Associate Member. PICUM (Belgium) is a formal partner organisation of LSI. 

The founding members of La Strada International are LSI members in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.

Lobby and advocacy

The lobby and adovcacy work of our members aims to stimulate governments to put the issues high on their political agenda and to take action. LSI members promote a human rights approach to ensure that anti-trafficking measures do not violate human rights of trafficked persons or other affected groups. La Strada International and members monitor both the national and international situation on human trafficking, including existing laws, action plans and conventions against trafficking in human being.

Activities

  • colllecting information regarding national laws on trafficking and related areas, and monitor the process of implementation of national standards;
  • contribute to the development of National Action Plans and national policies against trafficking in human beings.
  • educate and raise awareness among groups of professionals, decision makers (members of the parliament) and the general public;
  • implement ongoing media campaigns, establish media contacts, give interviews, write and publish background articles;
  • organise seminars, workshops and other events both for NGOs and governmental organisations;

LSI members urge their governments to:

  • Present a strong human rights-based approach in all activites implemented, in order to prevent discrimination, marginalisation and stigmatisation of trafficked persons;
  • Focus on all forms of trafficking and all targeted groups, but to pay special attention to the position of (female) migrants while developing policies, measures and actions
  • Focus on prevention, next to the suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons. This responsibility includes NGO support, financially and otherwise
  • Ensure that any proposed anti-trafficking measure does not adversely affect or infringe upon human rights of trafficked person or other affected groups;
  • Address root causes as the most just and effective way to prevent trafficking;
  • Take into account existing international and regional standards dealing with trafficking, with a view to developing these standards so as to improve the protection afforded by them to trafficked persons, and to make sure that signed national and international directives, conventions and laws are implemented in pratice.

Training and educational work

LSI members aim to empower persons to make independent decisions focused on protecting their rights. In addition to targeting risk groups directly, the training and educational work focuses on the envionments of groups at risk by educationg professionals on how to prevent potential risk groups from falling prey of trafficking. These educational activities can target sectors as diverse as the judiciary, law enforcement, educational staff, peer educators, youth, social workers, medical staff or outreach workers.

Activities

  • Produce and disseminate educational and informational materials, and provide lectures and presentations, aimed at different target groups: young and unemployed women, students, migrant workers, sex workers, etc and those in contact with them. 
  • Build up relationships with and conduct training events for labour agencies, NGOs, outreach workers, embassies, law enforcement, teachers and all other parties who might be in contact with potential trafficked persons;
  • Run information helplines that provides advice on jobs abroad and inform about the risks of trafficking in person and prevention measures.

Assistance and Support

LSI members provide emotional, social and legal support trafficked persons need in order to regain control of their lives. National and international networks are created for safe return and social inclusion.

Activities

  • Develop complete care programmes for trafficked persons, including the referral to or direct provision of emotional and social support, safe shelter, medical and legal services;
  • Operate local helplines and provide anonymous consultation and advice;
  • Advocate on the special needs and interets of trafficked persons;
  • Develop international networks of NGOs and other institutions to ensure safe return to the country of origin;
  • Establish local and national networks of relevant services and institutions that support trafficked persons and affected groups.

Helplines

La Strada International members run a hotline, often available 24 hours, in some cases toll free. Consultants provide information on destination countries, including information about national situation and legislation of these countries, useful telephone numbers, safety tips and possibilities of help in case of emergencies. If needed, referral can take place to other services via the hotline, including search for missins persons. Several offices provide consultations for migrants, also in foreign languages.

Latest news

La Strada International provides input to the Commission

La Strada International has provided input for the European Commission’s Third Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings.

La Strada Poland receives award from the Polish Business Council

The President of La Strada Poland, Irena Dawid-Olczyk , has received an award from the Polish Business Council in recognition of her work combatting human trafficking.

ECCHR Report: Garment supply chains in intensive care

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) recently released a report on the impact of COVID-19 in the garment industry.

Commission communication on asylum and return in light of Covid19

The Commission has recently published a set of guidelines on the implementation of relevant EU provisions in the area of asylum, return procedures and resettlement and COVID-19.

PICUM has noted that this communication is very concerning as it calls on the Member States to continue with returns: