The ‘Cross-Continent Collaborations to Protect Asian Trafficking Victims in Europe’ was launched in 2021 by La Strada International, La Strada in Czech Republic and Poland and Adpare in Romania. In close cooperation with the Remedy Project the organisations reviewed relevant legal frameworks and jurisprudence.
The project aims to strengthen access to legal aid, strategic litigation and protection services for Asian victims trafficked in Europe, and to raise awareness about risks of severe forms of labour exploitation. Especially as Central and Eastern European governments’ increasingly try to access cheap labour by recruitment of workers of the former Soviet Union, as well as South East Asian countries such as Philippines and Vietnam.
So far there is little attention for Asian and other Third Country workers in Central and Eastern Europe and their possible exploitation and abuse. Hence awareness raising and close cooperation with all relevant stakeholders is part of the project.
This project received follow up funding and will now continue until December 2023. In October 2022, the research and a related policy paper on Protecting Asian trafficking victims in Europe were launched during a public webinar. See more.