OSCE Project Co-ordinator trains NGOs to help trafficking victims

KYIV, 26 March 2007 – Twenty five NGO representatives are taking part in a training course on helping victims of human trafficking, organized this week by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

“In Ukraine, NGOs often lack knowledge of relevant legislation and understanding of the key role they should play when assisting victims of trafficking during court proceedings,” said Begona Pineiro Costas, Human Rights Officer at the Project Co-ordinator’s Office.

“As a result, they are not always able to provide the assistance that victims require.”

The course will strengthen the capacity of social workers and psychologists working for NGOs and help them develop skills to better assist trafficking victims.

Participants will learn about human rights standards related to the protection of trafficking victims, legal responsibilities for actions connected with human trafficking (criminal and civic responsibility and administrative procedures), as well as stages and tasks of the criminal procedures. They will also discuss the rights of victims and their representatives, and compensation for moral and material damage to victims. Participants will also get the opportunity to conduct a case study on protecting the rights of trafficking victims.

“Victims of trafficking in Ukraine need better support when they return to their country, not only during the criminal proceedings, but also following the final verdict. NGOs could provide more comprehensive assistance to victims, including support during investigation procedures and in court,” added Begona Pineiro Costas.

Another training course is planned for 10 July.

The courses are financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Danish Programme Against Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe.


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