About us

The mission of La Strada Czech Republic is to contribute to the elimination of the exploitation of and trafficking in human beings and to provide support and protection to exploited, trafficked and vulnerable people.

La Strada Czech Republic o.p.s. is a specialized non-profit organization that works in the field of the prevention of trafficking in and exploitation of human beings, names their causes and consequences, influences public policy and provides social services in this area.

La Strada is part of the international organization La Strada International.

Background

  • Human rights
  • Empowerment
  • Feminism
  • Equal opportunities
  • Neoabolitionism

HISTORY

Our public service company La Strada Czech Republic was founded in 1995 as a proFem project, and since 1998 it has been registered as an independent legal entity.  In 2004, we became a co-founder of the international association La Strada International, which currently has 28 member organizations in 23 European countries and an international secretariat in the Netherland  (https://lastradainternational.org/).

Time line : here    1996 – 2021

2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
La Strada Czech Republic celebrates the 20th anniversary of its foundation.

20 LET

2014

  •  In the beginning of this year, La Strada joined an important research programme DemandAT aimed at researching the impacts of measures intended to decrease the demand for trafficking in human beings. The project is supported by the 7th European Commission Framework Programme.
  • Towards the end of this year, we started a project aimed at increasing the awareness of migrant women at risk of exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Partner organizations Lefoe from Vienna and Ban Ying from Berlin have also joined the project.

2013

  • On January 1, the SOS and Info Line started to provide a registered social service of crisis aid.
  • Since 2013, La Strada Czech Republic has been a member-observer of the Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic. In April 2013, an initial fieldwork training of workers from Integration Centre Prague took place.

2012

  • The first legally effective sentence for the criminal offence of trafficking in human beings in the Czech Republic, which was not connected to sex business. Eight-year, four-year and three-year sentences of imprisonment. The sentences were passed on the Lacko brothers from České Budějovice at the High Court Prague on May 10, 2012.
  • In May 2012, initial training and fieldwork training of workers from the Novi Put organization took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2011

  • In January, a low-threshold section of La Strada was established and it started to operate as a low-threshold advisory center. In the same year, the so called ad hoc field was introduced, and the low-threshold advisory center started to offer its clients the service of ambulatory crisis aid.
  • In October, La Strada Czech Republic celebrated the 15th anniversary of the SOS and Info Line and it launched a campaign to support exploited foreigners entitled “Every work has its value”.
 
 

2010
In October, a freephone number 800 077 777 was activated.

2008

  • Development of advocating and lobbying activities (another Recommendation to the Government and comments on several legislative and strategic documents).
  • La Strada Czech Republic became a member of PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) and joined the initiative of European non-profit organizations COMP-ACT EUROPE (European Action Pact for Compensation for Trafficked Persons).
 

2007

  • The following social services were registered: Counselling service, crisis aid and sheltered accommodation, pursuant to Act No. 108/2006 Coll., on Social Services.
  • Situation started to be monitored with respect to the risk of trafficking in human beings in communities of working migrants.

2006

  • The concept of fieldwork is introduced.
  • The organization starts to offer legal services.
  • The beginning of cooperation with the Vietnamese community.
  • The organization acquires another flat for sheltered accommodation.
 
 

2004

  • La Strada Czech Republic helps to cofound an international network La Strada International
  • The advisory center is opened.
  • The organization starts to offer services also to male clients.
  • The first Recommendations to the Government of the Czech Republic are published, summarizing which measures would be desirable to adopt in order to prevent trafficking in human beings and to provide effective help to those already being victims of trafficking.
  • In 2004, after La Strada Czech Republic had over a long period pointed out the need to change the legislation, the Czech definition of the criminal offence of trafficking in human beings was changed, as to cover trafficking in human beings also for other purposes than sex business.

2000-2003

  • The concept of social work with trafficked women.
  • The organization acquires its first flat for sheltered accommodation to provide safe accommodation at a secret address.
  •  In 2003, after working with clients trafficked solely for the purpose of sex business, La Strada for the first time meets with and provides services to women trafficked for the purpose of exploitation in sewing workshops.
 
 

90. léta

La Strada Czech Republic starts to operate a specialized prevention hotline.

Annual reports

  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2018
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2017
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2016
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2015
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2014
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2013
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2012
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2011
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2010
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2009
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2008
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2007
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2006
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2005
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2004
  • Annual Reports LaStrada 2003

Current projects and grants

2021 / 2020 / 2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016

2021

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2021
Project objectives To provide 5 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling, and Field Programmes) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2021
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2021 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2021
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2021
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name HIDDEN AT WORK: LABOUR AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IN THE (PRIVATE) WORK SPHERE
(partner), coordinated by Fairwork, The Netherlands
Project objectives Through on-line awareness-raising and by the training of professionals who may be the first identifier, the aim of the project is to increase the availability of services to women employed in hidden and less accessible environments, where they are often exploited or trafficked.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited women in informal, hidden or less accessible work environments.
Implementation period January 2021 – December 2022
Grant provider European Commission – Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
Name TRANSCONTINENTAL COOPERATION TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMANS OF ASIAN ORIGIN IN EUROPE
(partner), coordinated by La Strada International
Project objectives Analysis of the issue and specifics of trafficking in human beings of Asian origin in Europe, their access to legal aid and the specifics of the recruitment and transport of these persons to the countries of the European Union. The project is part of a broader programme coordinated by the Liberty Shared and Remedy Project.
Target group: People of Asian origin trafficked to Europe.
Implementation period  
Grant provider  
Name FIRST CONTACT AND INTERVENTION FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS V.
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people
Implementation period October 2020 – September 2021
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic
Name SAFE – SMART, AWARE, FREE, ENJOY – INFORMATION CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(partner), coordinated by IOM Bratislava
Project objectives The main aim of the project was to raise awareness, through the development of a smartphone application, of the risks of trafficking in human beings, bringing the realities of this type of crime closer to young people and facilitating access to information on trafficking issues for both young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Target group: Young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Implementation period September 2020 – December 2021
Grant provider International Visegrad Fund
Name PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
Project objectives The aim of the project was to increase awareness of the issue of trafficking in human beings in relation to the risks possible when young people enter the labour market in the Czech Republic and abroad and thus to reduce the risk of trafficking in human beings under the age of 20.
Target group: Pupils (15–20 years old) in basic and secondary schools in the Czech Capital, Prague.
Implementation period January – December 2021
Grant provider Prague City Hall

2020

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2020
Project objectives To provide 5 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling, and Field Programmes) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2020
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2020
Project objectives To provide 5 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling, and Field Programmes) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2020
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2020 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2020
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2020
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name PROJECT “JUSTICE AT LAST – EUROPEAN ACTION FOR COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES” (partner), coordinated by La Strada International
Project objectives To map the possibilities of obtaining compensation and damages for victims of crime, especially victims of trafficking in human beings in several countries of the European Union.
Target group: victims of crime
Implementation period time: 2018 – 2020, supported by funds
Grant provider European Union´s Justice Program (2014-2020)
Name FIRST CONTACT AND INTERVENTION FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS IV.
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people.
Implementation period October 2019 – September 2020
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic
Name SAFE – SMART, AWARE, FREE, ENJOY – INFORMATION CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(partner), coordinated by IOM Bratislava
Project objectives The main aim of the project was to raise awareness, through the development of a smartphone application, of the risks of trafficking in human beings, bringing the realities of this type of crime closer to young people and facilitating access to information on trafficking issues for both young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Target group: Young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Implementation period September 2020 – December 2021
Grant provider International Visegrad Fund
Name PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
Project objectives The aim of the project was to increase awareness of the issue of trafficking in human beings in relation to the risks possible when young people enter the labour market in the Czech Republic and abroad and thus to reduce the risk of trafficking in human beings under the age of 20.
Target group: Pupils (15–20 years old) in basic and secondary schools in the Czech Capital, Prague.
Implementation period January – December 2020
Grant provider Prague City Hall

2019

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2019
Project objectives To provide 5 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling, and Field Programmes) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2019
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2019 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2019
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2019
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name PROJECT “JUSTICE AT LAST – EUROPEAN ACTION FOR COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES” (partner), coordinated by La Strada International
Project objectives To map the possibilities of obtaining compensation and damages for victims of crime, especially victims of trafficking in human beings in several countries of the European Union.
Target group: victims of crime
Implementation period time: 2018 – 2020, supported by funds
Grant provider European Union´s Justice Program (2014-2020)
Name FIRST CONTACT AND INTERVENTION FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS III.
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people
Implementation period September 2018 – August 2019
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic

2018

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2018
Project objectives To provide 4 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2018
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2018 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2018
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2018
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name PROJECT “JUSTICE AT LAST – EUROPEAN ACTION FOR COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES” (partner), coordinated by La Strada International
Project objectives To map the possibilities of obtaining compensation and damages for victims of crime, especially victims of trafficking in human beings in several countries of the European Union.
Target group: victims of crime
Implementation period 2018 – 2020, supported by funds
Grant provider European Union´s Justice Program (2014-2020)
Name PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
Project objectives The aim of the project was to increase awareness of the issue of trafficking in human beings in relation to the risks possible when young people enter the labour market in the Czech Republic and abroad and thus to reduce the risk of trafficking in human beings under the age of 20.
Target group: Pupils (15–20 years old) in basic and secondary schools in the Czech Capital, Prague.
Implementation period January – December 2018
Grant provider Prague City Hall
Name FIRST CONTACT AND INTERVENTION FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS II.
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people.
Implementation period September 2017 – August 2018
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic
Name LA STRADA CR MOBILE OFFICE FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS
Project objectives The aim of this project was to streamline the provision of, and increase the availability of, services to trafficked and exploited persons through the development of field work aimed at addressing the issue of trafficking in human beings and labour exploitation in the Czech Capital, Prague. Furthermore, the preparation for and subsequent registration of a new social service: The Field Programmes of La Strada Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of crime, victims of domestic violence, persons commercially abused, victims of trafficking in human beings, and persons providing sexual services for remuneration in Prague.
Implementation period January – December 2018
Grant provider European Union; European Structural and Investment Funds; OP Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic.
Name PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF SEASONAL WORKERS
Project objectives To increase field trips and field work in areas where people are most often hired for seasonal work.
Target group: Seasonal workers.
Implementation period August 2017 – August 2018
Grant provider Lesy ČR (Forests of the Czech Republic)

2017

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2017
Project objectives To provide 4 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2017 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name RAISING AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To increase awareness of the risk of the human trafficking issue associated with entering the labour market in the Czech Republic and abroad and thus to reduce the risk of trafficking in human beings for young people under the age of 20.
Target group: pupils in basic and secondary schools in the Czech Capital, Prague (15–20 years)
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider Prague City Hall
Name INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES FOR WOMEN TRAFFICKED INTO FORCED PROSTITUTION
Project objectives The aim of the project was to strengthen the services provided by La Strada and by other organizations that work to help victims in the field of sexual services and to increase the awareness and availability of services for women forced into prostitution.
Target group: Women trafficked for the purpose of forced, sexual services.
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Name RESEARCH INTO THE IMPACTS OF MEASURES TO REDUCE DEMAND FOR TRAFFICKED HUMAN BEINGS
(partner), coordinated by IMPCD Vienna
Project objectives The criminalization of clients, greater transparency of agencies, campaigns for fair trade T-shirts – these are examples of discussed measures to help reduce the number of victims of human trafficking with a focus on the demand side. However, very little space is devoted to exploring the effectiveness of such measures. The European research project “Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Policies” sought to gain a better understanding of measures in this area. The Consortium agreed that it was not sufficient to analyse the situations in accordance with the legal concept of trafficking in human beings. The aim is to analyse a wide range of forced and exploitative work and to use knowledge from other areas. The project sought to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for policy decisions at both the European and national levels in order to eliminate, or at least reduce, the worst forms of exploitation.
Target group: Victims of human trafficking.
Implementation period January 2014 – June 2017
Grant provider Framework Programme, European Commission (DG Research)
Name FIRST CONTACT AND INTERVENTION FOR TRAFFICKED PERSONS
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people.
Implementation period September 2016 – August 2017
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF SEASONAL WORKERS
Project objectives Increasing outreach trips and field work in areas where people are most often hired for seasonal work.
Target group: Seasonal workers
Implementation period August 2017 – August 2018
Grant provider Lesy ČR (Forests of the Czech Republic)
Name GRANT TO SUPPORT INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONALIZATION OF LA STRADA
Project objectives To create a strategic and financial plan for the organization for the next 2 years.
Target group: La Strada employees
Implementation period January – December 2017
Grant provider Blue Academy, The Czechoslovak Commercial Bank

2016

Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN 2016
Project objectives To provide 4 social services (Crisis Assistance, Telephone Crisis Intervention, Shelters, Professional Social Counselling) to trafficked and exploited persons, or persons at risk of such phenomena.
Target group: Trafficked and exploited persons or persons endangered by these phenomena.
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Name GRANT FOR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL INFORMATION IN 2016 TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES
Project objectives To provide legal information and assistance to victims of certain crimes – namely, the crime of trafficking in human beings and related crimes.
Target group: Persons who have been victims of the crime of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Name PROTECTION AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To provide support and services to victims of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the European Directive on Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Reference Mechanism of the Czech Republic.
Target group: Victims of trafficking in human beings.
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
Name INCREASING THE ABILITY OF HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL TO IDENTIFY TRAFFICKED PERSONS
Project objectives The general objective of the project was to improve the identification of trafficked persons. The specific goal was to increase both awareness among health care personnel of the issue of human trafficking, and their ability to identify trafficked persons.
Target group: Doctors and other health care personnel working in Prague or the Central Bohemian Region.
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
Name INCREASING THE ABILITY OF HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL TO IDENTIFY TRAFFICKED PERSONS
Project objectives The general goal of the project was to improve the status of trafficked persons. The specific goal was to improve the ability of health care personnel to identify trafficked persons, especially women trafficked for the purpose of forced prostitution.
Target group: Doctors and other health care personnel working in the regions of Ústí nad Labem, Karlovy Vary and South Bohemia.
Implementation period: January – December 2016
Implementation period  
Grant provider Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Name SAFE – SMART, AWARE, FREE, ENJOY – INFORMATION CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(partner), coordinated by IOM Bratislava
Project objectives The main aim of the project was to raise awareness, through the development of a smartphone application, of the risks of trafficking in human beings, bringing the realities of this type of crime closer to young people and facilitating access to information on trafficking issues for both young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Target group: Young people and professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider International Visegrad Fund
Name RAISING AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Project objectives To increase awareness of the risk of the human trafficking issue associated with entering the labour market in the Czech Republic and abroad and thus to reduce the risk of trafficking in human beings for young people under the age of 20.
Target group: Pupils in basic and secondary schools in the Czech Capital, Prague (15–20 years)
Implementation period January – December 2016
Grant provider Prague City Hall
Name RAISING AWARENESS AMONG MIGRANT WOMEN AT RISK OF EXPLOITATION OR TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
Project objectives The aim of the project was to raise awareness among migrant women of their rights.
Target group: Migrant women working in a closed environment and at risk of exploitation, human trafficking, or other crimes.
Implementation period December 2014 – November 2016
Grant provider The project was supported by the European Commission´s Daphne programme.
Name RESEARCH INTO THE IMPACTS OF MEASURES TO REDUCE DEMAND FOR TRAFFICKED HUMAN BEINGS
(partner), coordinated by IMPCD Vienna
Project objectives  
Target group: The criminalization of clients, greater transparency of agencies, campaigns for fair trade T-shirts – these are examples of discussed measures to help reduce the number of victims of human trafficking with a focus on the demand side. However, very little space is devoted to exploring the effectiveness of such measures. The European research project “Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Policies” sought to gain a better understanding of measures in this area. The Consortium agreed that it was not sufficient to analyse the situations in accordance with the legal concept of trafficking in human beings. The aim is to analyse a wide range of forced and exploitative work and to use knowledge from other areas. The project sought to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for policy decisions at both the European and national levels in order to eliminate, or at least reduce, the worst forms of exploitation.
Target group: Victims of human trafficking.
Implementation period January 2014 – June 2017
Grant provider Seventh Framework Programme, European Commission (DG Research)
Name REINFORCING THE SOS LINE AND CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR TRAFFICKED AND EXPLOITED PERSONS
Project objectives Ensuring the operation of the SOS line in 24/7 mode, 365 days of the year.
Target group: La Strada clients and trafficked and exploited people
Implementation period September 2015 – August 2016
Grant provider Philip Morris Czech Republic

What we do

WHO ARE OUR SERVICES FOR?

We provide assistance to all those who have become or may be the victims of the crime of trafficking in and exploitation of human beings.  We offer them many options to handle such an unfavourable and harrowing situation and to protect themselves and their loved ones.  We also help those who look for work abroad and want to avoid possible risks. 

We provide services free of charge to citizens of the Czech Republic and to foreigners over the age of 18, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. 

WHAT WE OFFER

Social work

As part of our social work, we explain how we operate to the client.  A social worker will draw up a plan with the client about what, how and how quickly he/she wants to achieve it. A well-formulated goal will show what exactly the client needs, how to proceed, who will be involved in solving the situation and what will change in his/her life by achieving the goal.

An important principle of our social work is the value of empowerment.  We respect the life decisions of our clients and we approach them without prejudices or moral judgements.  Every person who receives social services has the right to:

  • dignified and professional treatment,
  • information on any significant steps taken in his/her favour; we do nothing without his/her express consent,
  • decide on the next steps in resolving his/her case.

We maintain confidentiality in all our activities and communication with clients.

We can provide crisis assistance, accommodation in our shelters, or professional social counselling to people who have been the victims of exploitation or trafficking.  Just call our La Strada SOS line.

Crisis assistance 

We provide crisis assistance as a solution to real-time crisis caused by human trafficking or exploitation, and we create conditions to stabilize the overall situation that the client is in.  By providing temporary, free accommodation for a maximum of seven days in a safe and dignified environment, and through social work, our service aims to expand a client’s ability to lead an independent life.  The mission of Crisis Assistance of La Strada Czech Republic is to create a safe and dignified space where victims can consult their needs and share experiences in relation to their endured exploitation or human trafficking.  Through crisis intervention and professional information, our service supports the resolving of their difficult life situations.  When cooperating with trafficked or exploited persons, the staff concentrate on the client’s individual needs and emphasize respect for their privacy and rights.  At the same time, we also try to motivate clients to try to find a solution by themselves.  We communicate with clients in a language they understand.  All this aims to minimize the effects of criminal activity related to the exploitation of or trafficking in human beings.

Telephone crisis assistance 

We provide telephone crisis assistance. We know from experience that we are approached by two basic groups of people.  The first consists of trafficked and exploited people who, in cooperation with us, solve their situations comprehensively and use further services at the same time.  The second includes people who use only professional social counselling – either they are not interested in other services because they find their way on the basis of one phone call or several anonymous personal consultations, or because we cannot provide them with the necessary stay in our shelters.

Shelters

We have shelters to provide effective assistance. These shelters may temporarily accommodate people who have been forced to work or provide services, including prostitution, and whose work has been exploited by others.  The shelter service is provided to people over 18 years of age regardless of their nationality and residence status.

Professional social counselling

The mission of our counselling centre is to create a safe and dignified space in which clients can consult their needs and share their experience in relation to exploitation or human trafficking.  This service is provided in person or by telephone.

Field programmes

There are many reasons why people at risk of exploitation and human trafficking do not seek or cannot seek help on their own.  For example, migrant workers are in isolation due to their language barrier and unfamiliarity with the new environment.  As a result, they are dependent on various intermediaries and people who may not have honest intentions toward them.  If they are also in an irregular position, they avoid any contact that could endanger them out of fear of the authorities.  That’s why our workers go to places where human trafficking and exploitation can be expected.

 (Click on the downloadable prevention materials.)

  SOS LINKA LA STRADA

Phone: (+420) 222 71 71 71, 800 077 777 (free of charge)

Our La Strada SOS line is intended primarily for trafficked and/or exploited persons.  We provide them with information about their rights and options for resolving their unfavourable situations.  For some of them, the line is a precursor to wider cooperation with us within our social services. Since 1. 1. 2013, we have also provided telephone crisis assistance on the La Strada SOS line.

Among other things, the staff of the La Strada SOS line is trained in crisis intervention and the issue of human trafficking, so we are able to take into account the mental state of the callers and possible security risks.  In addition to the Czech language, we also provide standard consultations on this line in selected hours in English, Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Russian and Tagalog.  If necessary, we are able to provide interpretation into/from other languages.

Mon 10.00–16.00 (Czech, English, Russian and Romanian)
Tue 10.00–16.00 (Czech, English, Russian and Romanian)
Wed 12.00–20.00 (Czech, English and Russian), 12.00 – 16.00 (Tagalog)
Thu 10.00–16.00 (Czech, English, Russian and Romanian)
Fri 10.00–14.00 (Czech, English, Russian and Romanian)

e-mail: pomoc@strada.cz
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lastradacr/

Outside the operating hours of the La Strada SOS line, there is an answering machine where you can leave a message and we will get back to you.

Information on human trafficking

LEGISLATION

International documents

The following international documents are binding on the Czech Republic.

  • Directive 2011/36 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA (here).
  • Council Directive 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004 on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities (here).
  • Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA.
  • Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. 
  • International Labour Organization Convention No. 29 concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour.
  • UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (1949).
  • The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, the so-called Palermo Protocol, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The Convention entered into force for the Czech Republic in 2013 – see the Communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs No. 75/2013 Coll., Ms, on the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The Protocol was ratified by the Czech Republic on 17 December 2014 and entered into force on 16 January 2015 (here).

National reference mechanism

The main coordinator of anti-trafficking policies is the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (MI). The Department of Security Policy of the Ministry of the Interior is authorized to perform the role of a so-called National Rapporteur, whose task it is to monitor and analyse the situation. Its activities (always for a period of 4 years) are based on a National Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings. They annually publish “The Status Report on Trafficking in Human Beings in the Czech Republic”. The Ministry of the Interior implements The Support and Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings Programme, which offers trafficked persons medical, social and legal assistance, and accommodation, and secures their return to the country of origin.

Stay of trafficked persons in the Czech Republic

If the trafficked persons decide to cooperate with law enforcement authorities, they may be granted a long-term residence permit for the purpose of protection in the territory of the Czech Republic. Pursuant to Section 42 (e) of Act No. 326/1999 Sb., On the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic (available in Czech here), possible victims of the crime of human trafficking are given one month to consider cooperating. The Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior decides whether to grant long-term residence permits for the purpose of such protection.

The right of trafficked persons to financial compensation 

The victims of exploitation and trafficking are entitled to financial compensation for the work done and for the psychological and health consequences. It can help them to repair the damage suffered and to make their return to normal life easier. However, current practice shows that this law is still more at a theoretical level. 

See: Possibilities and limits of trafficked persons in the Czech legal system

Criminal legislation

Act No. 40/2009 Sb., Criminal Code (available in Czech here), regulates in § 168 the criminal offence of trafficking in human beings. The material elements underwent a substantial amendment in 2014 (by Act No. 141/2014 Sb.), when the three forms of trafficking (service in the armed forces, slavery or servitude, and forced labour or other forms of exploitation) as defined by the original, tripartite relationship (trader – exploiter – victim) were reduced to a bilateral relationship (the trader may be the exploiter at the same time).

Section 168 Trafficking in Human Beings

(1) Whoever forces, procures, hires, incites, entices, transports, conceals, detains, or consigns a child to be used by another for

  1. for sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual abuse or harassment or for production of a pornographic work,
  2. extraction of tissue, cell or organs from his/her body,
  3. service in the armed forces,
  4. slavery or servitude, or
  5. forced labour or other forms of exploitation, or who profits on such conduct shall be sentenced to imprisonment for two to ten years.

(2) The same sentence shall be imposed to anyone who forces, procures, hires, incites, entices, transports, hides, detains, or consigns a person other than referred to in sub-section (1) by using violence, threat of violence or other grievous harm or deceit, or by abusing his/her error, distress, or addiction in order to use him/her for

  1. for sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual abuse or harassment or for the production of a pornographic work,
  2. extraction of a tissue, cell or an organ from their body,
  3. service in the armed forces,
  4. slavery or servitude, or
  5. forced labour or other forms of exploitation, or who profits/exploit on such conduct.

(3) An offender shall be sentenced to imprisonment for five to twelve years or to confiscation of property if he/she

  1. commits the act referred to in Sub-section (1) or (2) as a member of an organized group,
  2. exposes another person to a risk of grievous bodily harm or death by such an act,
  3. commits such an act with the intention to gain a substantial profit for him-/herself or for another, or
  4. commits such an act with the intention to use another person for prostitution.

(4) An offender shall be sentenced to imprisonment for eight to fifteen years or to confiscation of property if he/she

  1. causes grievous bodily harm by the act referred to in Sub-section (1) or (2),
  2. commits such an act with the intention to gain extensive profit for him-/herself or for another, or
  3. commits such an act in connection with an organized group operating in more than one state.

(5) An offender shall be sentenced to imprisonment for ten to eighteen years or to confiscation of property, if he/she causes death by the act referred to in Sub-section (1) or (2).

(6) Preparation is a punishable.

Act No. 45/2013 Sb., On Victims of Crime (available in Czech  here) defines victims of trafficking in human beings as particularly vulnerable victims, who are as such entitled to free professional assistance.

Act No. 141/1961 Sb., the Criminal Procedure Code (available in Czech at here) regulates the elements and course of criminal proceedings. From the point of view of trafficked persons as victims of a crime, the possibility of legal representation by a representative and a number of other procedural rights, such as the right to inspect a criminal file, are very important. 

Labour law legislation (Employment)

We provide assistance to victims of human trafficking, as well as to those who find themselves in a situation close to this phenomenon. The most important Acts in this area:

  • Act No. 262/2006 Sb., the Labour Code, as amended (here)
  • Act No. 251/2005 Sb., on Labour Inspection, as amended (available in Czech here
  • Act No. 435/2004 Sb., on Employment, as amended (available in Czech here
  • Act No. 118/2000 Sb., on the Protection of Employees in the event of Employer´s Insolvency and amending other acts, as amended (available in Czech here

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is responsible for control activities in the area of compliance with the labour law (Regional Labour Inspectorates and Labour Offices).

For public

Ten basic principles of safe work abroad

1
Find out the exact information about the location of your accommodation and the exact description of any work in the place.
2
Leave at home a copy of your employment contract and the address or contact details of the location of your accommodation in the foreign country.
3
Leave a photocopy of your passport and a current photo at home.
4
Make regular contact with a trusted person at home and maintain it.
5
Always have your passport with you in the foreign country. Do not give it to strangers.
6
If you are an EU citizen, an ID card is also valid in EU countries - take it with your passport.
7
If possible, have your salary paid to your account, not in cash.
8
Do not accept any gifts or loans from the intermediary (employer).
9
Monitor changes in the behaviour of the intermediary (employer) - e.g., a sudden change in the date of departure, postponement of formalities indefinitely, pressure to accept further changes, etc.
10
Bring the contact details of your embassy, emergency phone numbers for the foreign country, and contact details for support NGOs.

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Advocacy and lobbying activities

Exploitation of or trafficking in human beings violates human rights. It is a crime that needs to be prosecuted. Our lawyers and other professionals thus work with politicians, lawmakers, authorities and organizations to get the support they need.  They also cooperate with similar organizations abroad.  They protect the victims of crime and help them return to normal life.

The purpose of our lobbying activities is to give a voice to trafficked persons – to analyse and comment on measures against trafficking in human beings from the point of view of securing their rights.  We advocate systemic measures that lead to the removal of vulnerability factors for (potentially) trafficked persons.    

Training offers

Part of our activity is the education of two groups of people – young people (primary prevention) and professionals (identification of trafficked and exploited persons).

Prevention 
We have prepared preventive programs for basic (8th and 9th grade), secondary, and vocational schools, and universities. The lectures are led by an experienced team of lecturers who have professional education in the field of social work, social pedagogy, or law, and who have gained extensive practical experience with the target group of our organization. We have created two comprehensive blocks of lectures for schools – each lasting two teaching hours. The first block gives students a basic insight into the issues of human trafficking and labour exploitation. They will receive information on how to prevent crisis situations. We have supplemented the lecture with instructional videos that show specific stories from practice. The second block of lectures expands on the first block and contains more practical examples. It is possible to attend only the first block or both blocks.

Training for social workers and workers in social services

After completing our training, participants will have gained basic knowledge about the issue of human trafficking. The aim for them is to be able to identify a trafficked person upon first contact and to be able to offer such a person help. The training module is led by lecturers who have extensive, practical experience in providing services to trafficked persons. We offer interactive, one-day (8 teaching hours) and two-day (14 teaching hours) training accredited by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Training for doctors and other medical staff

Participants will gain a basic knowledge of the human trafficking issue.  The aim for them is to be able to identify a trafficked person upon first contact and to be able to offer such a person help. The training module is led by lecturers who have extensive, practical experience in providing services to trafficked persons. The training focuses on a general insight into the issue of trafficking in human beings and the health effects of this crime. It is divided into four educational blocks – human trafficking; forced labour; forced prostitution; and identification of such persons, including security aspects.  We can train other groups of experts upon individual agreement.  

If you are interested in any of the educational activities of our organization, more information, or a price offer, send us an e-mail to: lastrada@strada.cz, or call us on 222 721 810.

How Can You Support Us?

You can support us not only with a financial or material donation, but also with help and advice. We welcome your experience and knowledge in various areas, such as management, finance, information technology, public relations, and marketing. Let us know what you think we should and might be interested in.

Account number: 478625923/0300 kept at the Československá obchodní banka (Czechoslovak Commercial Bank)
IBAN code: CZ11 0300 0000 0004 7862 5923
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Phone number: +420 222 721 810
E-mail: lastrada@strada.cz

Contacts

La Strada Czech Republic, o.p.s.
P.O. Box 305
111 21 Prague 1
CZECH REPUBLIC
Company ID number: 25656317
Account number: 478625923/0300 kept at the Czechoslovak Commercial Bank
IBAN code: CZ11 0300 0000 0004 7862 5923
SWIFT/ BIC code: CEKOCZPP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lastradacr/
Phone no: +420 222 721 810
E-mail: lastrada@strada.cz

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