In a press release issued to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, La Strada International (LSI) draws attention to the important role of civil society organizations (NGOs) in preventing and combating trafficking in persons.
Civil society organizations contribute to policy and legislative development, awareness and prevention, building of capacities, psychosocial and legal support, and other direct assistance (shelter). NGOs support the rule of law and human rights by monitoring and advocating for human rights compliant anti-trafficking measures and promoting access to justice for all trafficked persons.
LSI is observing a shrinking space for civil society to operate. For example, across Europe, NGOs are largely excluded from the formal identification of trafficked persons, which significantly impairs assistance to trafficked persons.
To reach all trafficked persons and ensure that no one is left behind, LSI calls on national governments, EU institutions, international organizations, donors, and other anti-trafficking actors to defend and promote space for civil society organizations.