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News | Video on compensation for VoT

This video presents several interviews with international anti-trafficking stakeholders who explain the importance of compensation and the obstacles that prevent those trafficked from accessing compensation. The video presents the tools developed by COMP.ACT to bring about systematic and practical changes to ensure that those trafficked in Europe receive compensation for their suffering and unpaid labour.

The COMP.ACT project was implemented by La Strada International and its partners between 2009 and 2012 and worked to bring about systematic and practical changes to ensure that trafficked persons receive compensation for their suffering and unpaid labour. Partners in 13 countries conducted research on the existing possibilities and the identification of obstacles in systems and procedures that prevent those trafficked from accessing compensation. The partners formed national coalitions on compensation, and presented recommendations to ensure access to justice for trafficked persons. Several partners have engaged with lawyers to support their clients in compensation claims and with law firms to inform the legal community on the right to compensation. COMP.ACT partners have supported over 50 trafficked persons in claiming compensation, with the highest amount granted being € 54 000.

Internationally, the COMP.ACT awareness-raising campaign contributed to the inclusion of compensation in the anti-trafficking agenda of intergovernmental organisations. For example, compensation is now covered by the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting the victims EU/2011/36 and the in The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012 – 2016. 

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