19th February 2016 The report of Europol concerning the situation in human trafficking from the perspective of law enforcement agencies. Link to the report

8th February 2016 By the decision of the President of the Republic of Poland regarding granting orders and decorations based on the art.138 of the Constitution from 2nd April 1997 and the act of 16th October 1992, at the request of Minister of the Interior and Administration, the following people were granted for their merits in combating and preventing human trafficking:

  • Irena Dawid – Olczyk
  • Joanna Garnier

Golden Cross of Merit was conferred to Ms Irena Dawid-Olczyk, while Ms Joanna Garnier received Silver Cross of Merit. These orders were conferred for 20 years of their continuous work for combating human trafficking. In 1995, they established La Strada foundation and an international network called La Strada International. Not only have they been promoting awareness of the topic, but also have pioneerd a direct, practical aid program for the victims in Poland, which has put them in danger on the part of criminals involved in trafficking several times.

Both Irena Dawid-Olczyk and Joanna Garnier are National Centre workers.

2nd February 2016 ”Życie na miarę. Odzieżowe niewolnictwo” ("Life measured in sizes. Slavery in the clothing industry") is a reportage book by Marek Rabij giving an insight into clothing industry in Asia, where slavery, breaking workers' rights and workplace accidents are every-day reality. There are many huge clothing companies based in Bangladesh, including those from Poland. We highly recommend the book.

About the book (in Polish)

20 years of La Strada in Poland

In September 1995, exactly 20 years ago, first European prevention program against human trafficking for women in eastern and central Europe, La Strada was born. 

On the 12th of September this year we celebrated this event at theatre “II Strefa” together with our colleagues, friends and supporters. We had a pleasure to welcome our past colleagues and volunteers as well as representatives of foreign embassies, police, border control services, ministries and Town Hall.  We also had the honor to welcome a leader of the Polish parliament Wanda Nowicka.  We listened to many warm and kind praises.  Our very special guests on this occasion were Trijntje Kootstra - very first La Strada program coordinator and Baerbel Uhl - first coordinator of La Strada in the Czech Republic.  


All of us at the stage


Birthday cake

La Strada Varsovia exhibition

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we organized an exhibition illustrating history of the La Strada foundation -  past and present of human trafficking prevention in Poland. The exhibition could be seen from the 12th of September to the 5th of November at the “II Strefa” theatre  and W-Z Gallery in Warsaw.  It was founded by Warsaw Town Hall.


The exhibition in Theatre “II Strefa”


The “W-Z” Gallery


The “W-Z” Gallery


The “W-Z” Gallery

Sergio Vieira de Mello award

On the 15th of October 2015, the  Sergio Vieira de Mello award was presented to La Strada, a foundation against Human Trafficking and Slavery.  This award is given to individuals and non-government organizations for their work towards peaceful coexistence of communities on a religious and cultural basis.  During the ceremony it was said: Foundation is the biggest Polish organization specializing in prevention and help for the victims of human trafficking and slavery and plays an important role in the international projects in the fight against infringement of human rights.   Great involvement and hard work of the La Strada team was instrumental in creating in Poland a program against human trafficking, victim identification methods and providing victims with support and assistance."

This was a great distinction, pride and joy for our foundation,  especially coinciding with our 20th anniversary.


La Strada representatives (Joanna and Laura) with award statuette and flowers.

National Conference on Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings

On October 22nd in Warsaw the fourth National Conference on Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings took place. It was attended by representatives of government, law enforcement agencies, the judicial branch as well as various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

For the first time, National Consulting and Intervention Center for the Victims of  Trafficking activity was presented before such a vast audience.



The conference 

 

 


National Consulting and Intervention Center for the Victims of  Trafficking coordinator Irena Dawid-Olczyk presents the program’s assumptions and operational updates.

 

Alternative rock band The Killers and MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) cooperate for the prevention of human trafficking and to raise awareness of the issue.

For the second time, MTV has invited musicians to collaborate in creating a campaign to inform youth of the dangers posed by human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young women. This year's MTV EXIT campaign, in collaboration with UNICEF and USAID, opened on July 13th, 2009 with the premiere of the song "Goodnight, Travel Well" by the rock band The Killers. The music video will air on all channels belonging to the MTV networks in 168 countries, and the message has the potential to reach up to 500 million homes worldwide.

The Killers’ music video, airing on MTV, is a modern and creative form of pro-social communication. Because of its widespread popularity, the MTV network is in a privileged position which allows it to reach young people around the world. Campaigns like MTV EXIT (using the image of the star to convey a message) can change people's views, and also serve as a platform for action for NGOs, governments and other institutions involved in anti-trafficking and victim assistance efforts.

This year's campaign slogan is: "Sometimes something costs more than you think."

For more information about the campaign visit: www.mtvexit.org.

 

The Body Shop Campaign and ECPAT against trafficking in children and young people for prostitution.

When you buy the hand cream Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, you support the global campaign of The Body Shop and ECPAT against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people. Proceeds from the sale will be used for raising awareness about the scale of the phenomenon, funds to help children and young people at risk of being trafficked, and for action to amend legislation on the issue.

For more information see: http://www.thebodyshop.com/_en/_ww/values-campaigns/trafficking.aspx 

 

October 14th, 2009 marked the commencement of the first legal case in Poland concerning the crime of trafficking in human beings for use in various criminal activities, such as committing petty crimes. 

The accused were: Lucjan G., Ryszard  P. and Jan W., convicted at the District Court, Criminal Division III in Szczecin. The perpetrators were found guilty of committing acts under Article 253 kk of the Penal Code (trafficking), and sentenced to 3 years and 6 months, 3 years, and 1 year and 6 months imprisonment. 

The Court excused the defendants from certain alleged charges by made by the prosecutor, but concluded that the charges on which they were found guilty amounted to “other forms of coercion” based on much existing legislation in the Republic of Poland as well as international and European law. The court claimed that the "other forms of coercion” in this particular case was “misleading victims” as to the nature of the work that they had to provide in Sweden. 

The Court emphatically stated that yet another problem which appeared in this particular case was the lack of national legislation on the definition of “human trafficking.” Such a lack forces the courts adjudicating to fill this gap in other ways. 

 

On August 28 of this year, on the website www.onet.pl, a chat took place discussing human trafficking, with the La Strada Foundation representing. Below is the link to the chat:

www.czat.onet.pl/... 

 

Open’ er Festival


Between the days of July 2-5, workers and volunteers of the La Strada Foundation against Human Trafficking and Slavery represented the organization at the Opener Festival in Gdynia. The La Strada stand presented informational materials on the topic of human trafficking, and also promoted the activities of the National Center for Intervention and Consultation for Victims of Human Trafficking.

 

Namiot Strefy NGO NGO Tents

 

W namiocie Strefy NGO The NGO tent brought much public interest, even in the rain. 

 

Stoiska Stowarzyszenia Unicorn i Fundacji La Strada
The Unicorn Association and La Strada Foundation stands.

 

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