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News | 6 Point Action Plan for governments

On the occasion of the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, 18 October, La Strada Internaitonal addressed European elected representatives, including the Members of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly with a 6 point action plan to commit to improve access to justice for victims of crime, in particular trafficked and exploited persons.

Compensation and recovery of unpaid wages are crucial aspects of access to justice for victims of crime. For victims of human trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation or violence in the workplace, compensation serves as an instrument of restorative justice and of prevention of further exploitation. It is also a recognition of the violation of their rights, the damages they have suffered and the wages they are owed. In recent years, compensation and recovery of unpaid wages have been increasingly on the agenda in Europe. The rights of victims of human trafficking have been established in EU and international law.

Despite the legal framework in place, seeking and obtaining compensation remains difficult and often even impossible in practice. Our evidence shows that very few victims have the means to seek compensation. A number of legal, procedural, financial and practical barriers hinder the access of trafficked and exploited persons to effective remedies, including compensation. This situation is exacerbated in the case of undocumented or irregular migrants who are disproportionately exposed to exploitation and abuse. 

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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

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