News | Eighth La Strada International NGO Platform
At the 8th LSI NGO Platform, United against trafficking in human beings, La Strada International celebrated the 20th anniversary of the La Strada Network and the 15th anniversary of the host organisation Open Gate/La Strada Macedonia with all our members and partners.
The NGO Platform was initiated in 2005 to enable European counter-trafficking organisations to strengthen their cooperation on advocacy, awareness and prevention and direct support to trafficked persons. Currently the platform comprises 28 European NGO members.
At this year’s platform meeting, LSI and its partners reflected back on the past developments, among others via a special Anniversary LSI timeline, and looked ahead, discussing future needs for adequate protection and support for trafficked persons. The workshops focussed on the accountability of NGOs/service providers, based on a GAATW participatory research among trafficked persons; on NGO monitoring, partly based on a draft monitoring tool developed by the BALKANS ACT NOW II project; on identification of trafficked persons and the challenges related to it, and on working with the private sector. A special session was dedicated to highlight the violation of the rights of a trafficked woman from Serbia, for which ASTRA currently aims to attract more attention. A report on the NGO Platform will be available soon.