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Justice and Care report July 2020.

 

Newly published report claims the issue of modern slavery is likely to increase in the wake of  COVID-19.

Based on police evidence, we can accurately estimate there are more than 100,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK – 10 times the number previously estimated by the Government.

The newly published report – It Still Happens Hereproduced in collaboration by Justice and Care and  The Centre for Social Justice, claims the issue of modern slavery is likely to intensify in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and is already costing the taxpayer many billions of pounds.

To deal with the problem, the report calls for more Government action on the issue, better care of victims, which they believe will help bring those responsible to justice, and for more action to hold companies to account for slavery in their supply chains.

In total, sixteen key recommendations are made in the report and strongly endorsed by former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague in his foreword.

Download the Full Report: https://www.justiceandcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Justice-and-Care-Centre-for-Social-Justice-It-Still-Happens-Here.pdf

Download the Executive Summary: https://www.justiceandcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Justice-and-Care-Centre-for-Social-Justice-It-Still-Happens-Here-

ANDANTE update for July 2020

 

On behalf of the ANDANTE CoCoa, the Chairs Vroni Peterhans and Sabine Slawik, share with us a brief update on their activities, by way of honouring the feast day of Mary of Magdala, the apostle of the apostles, 22 July 2020. Her feast day and her courageous witness are a source of inspiration.

The next ANDANTE Study Days are planned from 30th June to 5th July 2021 in Riga on the topic: Our voice – our lives – our future. Empowerment of women and women’s organisations.

Your attention is also drawn to the following website, which points out a common pilgrimage of all Catholic women, which will have its climax in November 2021: https://www.catholicwomenscouncil.org/en/rome-2021

This website marks the beginning of the pilgrimage and preparation process for a ‘synod-like’ event that will focus on catholic women’s issues. The exact information is available on the website.

The update is available in French, German and English

July edition of Newsletter from Contre la Traite des etres Humains.

 

In this month’s edition, RENATE member Marie Hélѐne Halligon, writes a feature on RENATE, as the RENATE representative at the Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe.

To read the feature: http://www.contrelatraite.org/conseil_europe

Additional features include how Caritas France joins the Blue Heart campaign proposed by UNODC  on the occasion of the World Day against Human Trafficking, July 30, 2020.

This month’s edition of the Newsletter also focuses our attention to the application of international conventions to guarantee the rights of all children.

Link to  July edition of Newsletter: http://www.contrelatraite.org/juillet_2020

RENATE network marked the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2020.

 

The United Nations and people around the world commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons annually on 30 July to raise awareness of the situation of human trafficking around the world, and to call on governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and all societies to redouble their efforts to prevent people from being exploited, protect those who have been trafficked, and seek justice and prosecution of perpetrators.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. The Protocol was the first international agreement on trafficking in persons. It provides a broad definition of trafficking, recognizes multiple facets of trafficking, and promotes the full respect of the victims’ human rights. Despite the adoption of the Protocol, and despite progress over the last 20 years, impunity persists. Human trafficking remains a widespread human rights violation, involving more than 20 million people worldwide, of which only a few hundred are recognised as victims and supported in their process of social inclusion. Women and girls are disproportionately impacted, making up 72% of all trafficked persons, and 98% of people trafficked for sexual exploitation.

COVID-19 has amplified the inequalities within our societies, and exacerbated the risks of exploitation for people in vulnerable situations. Loss of employment, increased poverty and socioeconomic stress, lockdowns and travel restrictions, school closures, a lack of access to social protection, and a rise in online interactions are increasing vulnerabilities to sexual exploitation and forced labour, creating opportunities for traffickers, and making it increasingly difficult to identify victims. The crisis has also overwhelmed social and public services and impacted the work of criminal justice systems, hindering access to assistance and protection and delaying access to justice for victims and survivors.

And yet despite the challenges, we see the best of humanity: frontline workers overcoming the barriers posed by restrictions, risking their lives, and going above and beyond to provide essential support for people who have been trafficked. The 2020 theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons shines a light on the first responders to human trafficking – those who identify, support, counsel and seek justice for victims of trafficking, and challenge the impunity of traffickers.

The Nexus Between Covid-19 and Human Trafficking: Jeanne Christensen rsm.

 

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking’s Advocacy Committee has been exploring, writing about the nexus of human trafficking, and other social justice issues. Having just completed a paper on the nexus between gender and human trafficking, Jeanne Christensen thought, “What is the nexus between human trafficking and Covid-19?”

We all know the challenges and tragedy of Covid-19, but we cannot know the tragedy of human trafficking because we do not experience it.  If we did, we would experience either force, fraud or coercion – or possibly more than one of these three determinants of whether a person is a victim of human trafficking.

Jeanne’s informative and  thought-provoking article is available at:  https://www.mercyworld.org/newsroom/the-nexus-between-covid-19-and-human-trafficking-jeanne-christensen-rsm/

Holy See advocates for protecting rights of human trafficking victims.

 

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Monsignor Joseph Grech reaffirms the Vatican’s commitment to protecting the rights of victims of human trafficking, at the OSCE’s 20th Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons.

Human trafficking – the stealing of people’s freedom for profit – is a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall victim to traffickers in their own countries or abroad.

According to the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, it is estimated that there are about 25 million victims of human trafficking globally. Yet in 2018, less than 12,000 traffickers were prosecuted worldwide.

Against this backdrop of impunity and poor prosecution rates, the recently-concluded 20th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference, held in Austria, has called for renewed efforts to increase the number and improve the quality of prosecutions against traffickers.

The conference, organized in collaboration with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 20 to 22 July, was titled: “Ending Impunity: Delivering Justice through Prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings.”

It focused on framing the challenges and opportunities to “enhance the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and discuss linkages between the prosecution of offenders and protection of victims before, during and after criminal proceedings.”

Among the participants at the Conference was Monsignor Joseph Grech from the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, who spoke at four discussion panels.

Due to travel restrictions caused by the on-going Covid-19 crisis, many of the participants at the conference were only able to attend virtually.

Insufficient resources.

In his first speech, Monsignor Grech noted the discrepancy between the high number of victims and the low rate of prosecutions and convictions of human traffickers. He pointed out that this questions the effectiveness of the measures states have taken to combat the crime.

“Despite the efforts of the international community,” Grech remarked, “resources are scarce mainly because of the continuous economic crises and socio-political instability in many States.”

Monsignor Grech explained that the inadequate financing of national judicial systems encourages states to focus on immediate results, thus limiting the scope, rather than on catching and prosecuting the “big fish”. According to Msgr. Grech, this leads to the impunity of human traffickers.

Access to justice for victims and guaranteeing their fundamental rights is another source of concern.

Joining Pope Francis’s continuous calls for the protection of vulnerable people, Monsignor Grech called on judicial systems to guarantee fair treatment, justice and competent support for victims of human trafficking.

Law enforcement and media support

In his second speech, the Vatican diplomat highlighted that, in order to effectively combat the often large international organizations involved in human trafficking, it is necessary to have greater inter-governmental coordination between States. This, Monsignor Grech proposed, will involve the exchange of information between the police of various states, and also agencies, such as Interpol and Europol.

At the same time, he insisted that the independence of judicial systems must be ensured to enable them to be more effective in their work.

Monsignor Grech also underscored the positive effects of the support of the media in the fight against human trafficking. He explained that the media can promote campaigns to raise awareness among politicians and the public.

Protecting victims’ rights.

In his concluding speech, Msgr.  Grech called for the respect for human rights and the dignity of the person. He insisted that this respect must not only serve to limit the excessive use of force, but must also “serve as a guiding criterion for prosecuting and punishing those actions that represent the most serious attacks against the dignity and integrity of every human person.”

At the same time, he said obtaining justice for victims should not be the only aim of legal proceedings, pointing out that victims’ rights should be ensured before, during and after trials. In this way, they can safely testify against their traffickers and be offered opportunities for full social reintegration.

In this regard, Monsignor Grech reaffirmed the Holy See’s support for the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons’ commitment to creating a legislative system that focuses on protecting the inalienable rights of vulnerable people.

Every system, concluded Monsignor Grech, “should ensure that the rights of victims are not violated and offer them all the necessary assistance while monitoring the application of anti-trafficking laws.” 

From Vatican News 24 July 2020.

Launch of ILO Toolkit- Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment

 

WEBINAR TO LAUNCH THE ILO TOOLKIT FOR JOURNALISTS

Thursday 30 July 2020 from 14:00 – 15:15, CET.

To REGISTER: http://ilo.msgfocus.com/c/1G9fIo5CMZaFAoJOKZMgph40

To commemorate the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the ILO is organising a webinar to launch the new toolkit for journalists Reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment.

The ILO has developed this toolkit in a collaborative effort with contributions from professional journalists, communication professionals and topic experts.  It has been pilot tested through media training workshops in a number of countries in all regions of the world.  The toolkit is now available in EnglishFrenchSpanish (draft version) and Arabic. It has been adapted to the national context in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

This week, the ILO will carry out a social media campaign to raise awareness of the tool and the importance of supporting quality reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment in achieving Target 8.7. This will include video messages from journalists from all regions of the world as well as celebrities and other supporters of quality media reporting on these topics. Please support the campaign by following @ILO on Twitter and retweeting campaign messages.