In her last thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, paid close attention to the issue of identification, referral and assistance to victims and potential victims of trafficking, especially in mixed migration flows. However, protection does not end with identification and referral to appropriate services; the ultimate goal being that of their social inclusion and reintegration, in countries of destination, transit and of forced or voluntary returns.
Victims of trafficking who have been subjected to sexual, labour or any other form of exploitation often face marginalization, shame and humiliation as a result of their exploitation, which often force them to return to their families and communities even poorer than when they had left in search for a better life.
This is why, to achieve their meaningful social inclusion and reintegration into society, States, the international community, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector need to envisage long-term solutions, including in terms of economic empowerment and job creation, to allow trafficked persons to effectively rebuild their lives and prevent further re-trafficking.
For this purpose, for her next thematic report to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, Ms Giammarinaro wishes to identify key challenges and innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims of trafficking into societies. Mindful that trafficking in persons manifests itself in different forms across different regions of the world, she hopes that submissions provided to her will reflect the specificities of each region, based on the practical challenges faced by victims and other actors engaging with them. The Special Rapporteur is also interested in exploring experiences in which access to remedies, including compensation, has been instrumental to social inclusion.
Areas of interest
The Special Rapporteur particularly welcomes submissions focusing on the following aspects:
Information (name and contact details) on relevant stakeholders engaged in designing and/or implementing innovative models of social inclusion of vulnerable groups more broadly, including but not limited to victims of trafficking (e.g. initiatives implemented for asylum seekers, refugees, victims of abuses in general terms, groups at risk, etc.);
Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of transit and/or of destination;
Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of forced or voluntary returns;
Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in relation to former child soldiers and sexual slaves in post-conflict settings;
Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in cooperation with the private sector, multi-stakeholder initiatives and trade unions as well as traditional and religious leaders and community-based protection systems.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November 2018.