At its 9th meeting (12-13 November 2012), the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe anti-trafficking Convention held elections for 13 members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). Five of the current GRETA members were re-elected for a second term of four years, and eight new members were elected for the first time.
Among the newly elected members is Kateryna Levchenko, the director of La Strada Ukraine.Ms Levchenko has extensive professional experience in combating and
preventing human trafficking and the assistance to trafficked persons. In the international
field of anti-trafficking, she is a well known advocate for the human rights
approach and a highly respected speaker at numerous international conferences
and meetings on the issues of human trafficking, women’s rights and children’s
rights. Ms Levchenko was a member of the Ukrainian Parliament from 2006 to
2007 and in 2008-2010 she was advisor on human rights and gender issues to the Minister of Interior. In addition to her work at La Strada Ukraine, she has been involved in the work of numerous other government and non-government organisations, such as the office of the Ukrainian Ombudsman, ECPAT, Soros Foundation and others.
La Strada International is very proud with this recognition and wishes Katya success in this important job of promoting and upholding the human rights of trafficked persons.
On the ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, La Strada International calls for improved labour protection for all (migrant) workers and increased identification of trafficked persons in all sectors of the economy.