European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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La Strada International NGO Platform

La Strada International comprises 25 organisations and one associate member in Europe (see Who we are to lear more about the history of La Strada). The exact services which are offered by the members vary, but most members work on the following services: monitoring and provision of information, lobby and advocacy, prevention programmes, direct assistante and support including (referral to) legal support, shelter, medical and psychological care.

For more up to date information and news from La Strada members, please consult the website of national La Strada offices. 

Lobby and advocacy

Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation for which states are held accountable. The lobby and adovcacy work of our members aimts 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. This approach requires that human rights are at the core of any anti-trafficking strategy. It integrates the norms, standards and principles of the internationla human rights framework into legislation, policies, programmes and processes. La Strada monitors both the national and international situation on trafficking, including existing laws, action plans and conventions against trafficking in human being.

Activities

  • implement ongoing media campaigns, establish media contacts, give interviews, write and publish background articles;
  • educate and raise awareness among groups of professionals, decision makers (members of the parliament) and the general public;
  • organise seminars, workshops and other events both for NGOs and governmental organisations;
  • 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.

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 action plans;
  • Focus on prevention, next to the suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons. This responsibility includes support, financially and otherwise, for NGOs working on this issue;
  • 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, aimed at different target groups: young and unemployed women, students, migrant workers, sex workers, etc.;
  • Provide lectures and presentations about trafficking at schools, community houses, etc.;
  • 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.

The La Strada International - NGO Platform of NGOs against trafficking in Human Beings is an association comprising 25 member NGOs in Europe. The Platform enables cooperation between NGOs that work on the issue of trafficking in human being. The Platform offers opportunities to exchange/share experiences, practices, challenges and information from the ground. Direct cooperation regarding cases and common monitoring, awareness-raising and advocacy actions.

The following organisations are members of LSI NGO Platform consists of: 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), Proyecto Esperanza (Spain), 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) and IRSE are partner organisations of LSI, and LSI is member of both organisation.

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