Trafficking in Human Beings
Support to trafficking victims
European National Red Cross Societies provide support and relief to those affected or in danger of being affected by human trafficking. In this regard, activities implemented can focus on prevention,assistance to victims and referral.
Preventative campaigns and programmes to raise awareness among the public on these issues are run by the Red Cross in many countries. In fact, tackling any prejudice and intolerance that victims might experience is a focus of many National Societies. National Societies also engage in activities to identify vulnerabilities among potential victims.
Some European Red Cross Societies run safe houses and shelters for victims of human trafficking and propose counseling, legal advice, psychosocial support and group therapy.
Cooperation among the National Societies of sending, receiving and transit countries is particularly important. With the view of building such cooperation and partnerships the European Red Cross Networkon Anti-Trafficking gathering EU and non-EU Red Crosses was established in 2004.
|IFRC Migration Policy, 2009
Policy Guidance on Principle 5: LinkAssistance, Protection and Humanitarian Advocacy for Migrants
5.2.There are circumstances that expose migrants to heightened and acute risks to their physical integrity and well-being. This is the case when they are subjectto refoulement, sexual and labourexploitation and human trafficking. It may also be the case when migrants arein the hands of people smugglers. National Societies encountering such casesmay require special support and guidance from the International Federation orthe ICRC which will assist them to develop their capability to respond.
European National Societies activities
Red Cross National Societies team up to raise awareness on Trafficking in Human Beings in the Balkans.
On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2013, the Red Cross National Societies of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia are launching the joint transnational campaign "Red Bell” to raise awareness among the general public of the phenomena and risks of Trafficking in Human Beings. Read more
Related Red Cross Red Crescent news and resources
- Article - Identifying and assisting victims of trafficking: a joint action by the British and Croatian Red Cross Societies, June 2014
- Mappingof PERCO anti-trafficking working group, July 2012
- Danish Red Cross, Good practices in response to trafficking in human beings, Cooperation between civil society and law enforcement in Europe, 2005
- EuropeanCommission – Website against trafficking in Human Beings
- Councilof Europe’s Group of Expert on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings(GRETA)
- Organizationfor the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – Office of the SpecialRepresentative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
- International LabourOrganisation
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