FIZ - Advocacy and support for migrant women and victims of trafficking
FIZ is an independent, non-governmental organisation based in Zurich (Switzerland) that offers direct support for victims of trafficking, as well as political and educational work. FIZ specialises in questions relating to trafficking in women, as well as other forms of exploitation of and violence against migrant women from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
FIZ is very active in the area of direct assistance. In 2004 FIZ opened 'Makasi' (which means Strong in Lingala, a language in Central Africa). FIZ-Makasi is the only centre in Switzerland specialised in offering counselling to trafficked women, including legal protection, temporary stay permits, medical and psychosocial services, housing, and financial support. FIZ also supports trafficked women in the event of returning to their home country.
FIZ also works in the areas of research, advocacy and lobbying.
Address: Badenerstrasse 682 8048 Zurich
Tel: +41 44 240 44 22
Fax: +41 44 240 44 23
Co-ordination Centre Human Trafficking (CoMensha) - LA STRADA NETHERLANDS
The Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in Women (STV) was established in 1987. In 2007 it changed its name to Co-ordination Centre Human Trafficking (CoMensha), to better reflect its work with female as well as male victims of exploitative working conditions. CoMensha functions as a national reporting and registration point for trafficked persons (the organisation reports to the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, who uses this data for annual reports and recommendations to the Dutch Council of Ministers).
In the area of direct assistance, CoMensha maintains regional networks established to support the shelter and (social) support for trafficked persons. The network consists of shelters, lawyers, social workers and welfare groups, (mental) health organisations, police, youth care, (refugee) support groups, victim support and local governmental community organisations. CoMensha also co-ordinates reintegration and return programmes for trafficked persons with different organisations. The organisation is very active in the areas of awareness raising and provision of information on human trafficking through its participation in seminars and conferences. CoMensha supports policy development in the field of prostitution and trafficking in human beings by offering advice to the government - on request and by its own initiative - on the basis of the information collected, the signals, problems and shortcomings and based on experiences gained through monitoring national and international developments in practice.
Address: Barchman Wuytierslaan 10, 3818LH Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 33 4481186
Fax: +31 33 461 80 64
FairWork (Formerly BLinN) works to raise awareness against modern-day slavery and its prevalence in The Netherlands. The group started 13-years ago and has been working on issues of human trafficking and exploitation in the Netherlands. Since last year FairWork has focused its work on issues of trafficking outside the sex industry. The organisation also carries out awareness raising activities for the Dutch public. Case studies are used to conduct capacity building training for law enforcement agencies and other organisations in the Netherlands.
Postal address: P.O. Box 15539, 1001 NA Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 7600809
Fax: +31 20 5219099
Since 1997, the International Women's Rights Center “La Strada - Ukraine” has been working on the prevention of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, as well as the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence in society and observing human rights, gender equality and children rights protection. La Strada Ukraine was the first organisation in Ukraine to work on human trafficking.
The main focuses’ of La Strada Ukraine are:
Information Campaigns: including co-operation with mass media; creation and dissemination of social advertisements such as video and audio spots, preparation and dissemination of information;
Lobby and Advocacy: monitoring implementation of the state programmes on human trafficking, and the law on domestic violence and child rights protection; preparing recommendations and submitting measures and regulations on relevant topics.
Prevention and Education: conducting educational activities among youth, trainings, seminars, roundtables, and conference for specialists; preparing, publishing and disseminating information, educational and methodological materials and guidelines.
Hot Line: running two National Toll-Free Hotlines on prevention of trafficking and domestic violence nd children rights protection. Providing consultation and reliable information on the opportunities for work and study abroad, marriages with foreigners, consulting on violence issues and children rights protection, running and updating a database for consulting on the problem of trafficking in persons.
Social Assistance: organising social assistance for trafficked persons and victims of domestic violence including medical, psychological and legal support, short-term shelter, referrals, assistance in searching for missing Ukrainian citizens abroad and assisting those returning to Ukraine; co-operation with partner institutions in Ukraine and abroad.
Address: P.O. Box 26 03113 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +380 44 205 3694
Fax: +380 44 205 3736