European Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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Core work of La Strada International Secretariat

The activities of La Strada International's member organisations are described in detail on our La Strada offices page. Here you can find more information on the work of the international secretariat of the La Strada network. The four main tasks of the international secretariat (hereafter LSI) are:

1. Coordination of the network

LSI coordinates the network by organising and fundraising for two board and two assembly meetings per year and an NGO platform every two years. Further, LSI supports the development of La Strada's overall strategy, of social standards and general principles. Another one of LSI's core activity is capacity building for the network members as well as other NGOs working in the field, including the multiplication of La Strada philosophy and the human rights-based approach.

2. International advocacy and representation

The international coordinator and lobby advisor represent the network at the international level, lobby for change in policy and advocate a human rights approach to anti-trafficking. Amongst others, LSI is represented in the following consultation fora and/or maintains close contact with the OSCE Office of the Special Representative on Trafficking in Human Beings (and their alliance expert meetings), the EU Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings, and the non-governmental Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN). LSI has observer status with the independent monitoring body of the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking (GRETA) and is in the last stages of applying for ECOSOC observer status for the United Nations. LSI lobbies for independent and qualified special rapporteurs as well as NGO and civil society influence on policy-making and monitoring.

3. Information provision within and outside of the network

LSI manages an online documentation centre and provides a searchable database holding a wide variety of background documents, legislation and opinion pieces on trafficking in human beings and related human rights issues, currently providing access to over 1.700 downloadable PDF files. All La Strada publications are published on the database as well as comprehensive documentation dealing with trafficking issues in Europe, providing a unique research tool for practitioners, academics, students and trafficked persons. Further, LSI publishes a quarterly newsletter with updates from La Strada members and (LSI opinions on) international developments in the field of trafficking and migration. Anti-trafficking stakeholders are thereby provided with up-to-date background information and analysis on policy changes, publications and news trends in the anti-trafficking field from a service-providing and human rights perspective.

4. Coordinating common projects and campaigns

In addition to coordinating and representing the network and providing information to stakeholders and the public, LSI also engages in independent projects, either as the initiating party or as a partner. Next to projects involving all eight La Strada member organisations, LSI is also involved in projects with non-La Strada partners.

For more information about the current and past projects, see the individual project pages.

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