La Strada Belarus
La Strada Program was launched in our country 19 years ago. The first and the most important stage of its work was opening of a hotline on safe travel abroad and support for victims of human trafficking in January, 2001.
During these years our volunteer efforts and initiatives were not only supported at the state and the international levels, but also evolved into a wide national program for promotion of safe migration, support for victims of human trafficking.
Today La Strada is the program which is being implemented in Belarus by the organisation "Social changes".
We are a competent member of the International La Strada Association which includes 29 members from 24 countries.
Today La Strada Belarus Program means:
- The informational hotline on all migrational issues: employment abroad, marriage with foreign citizens, travel and study abroad
- Opportunity to ask for support in a case of a crisis situation when abroad from any point of the world via e-mail and online consulting
- The best experts in sphere of safe migration and counteracting trafficking in human beings
- The programs of support for victims of human trafficking: provision of free medical, legal, psychological support
- Participation in preparation of the national legislative acts, monitoring of the processes of implementation of the international norms and standards and the standards at the national level
- The network of trainers, who work all across Belarus with various target groups: students, school pupils, teachers on issues of prevention of human trafficking, informing about legal ways of employment and traveling abroad.
- The web-site of La Strada Program www.lastrada.by. It is designed for potential migrants, and also for people who appeared in a crisis situation abroad, or who want to know how to avoid one. At the web-site we share news, describe how to act in tough situations, introduce important details concerning work, study abroad, marriage to foreign citizens, holidays in exotic countries and countries aren't familiar to the Belarusians.
Lockdowns, travel restrictions, resource cutbacks and other measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus are putting victims of human trafficking at risk of further exploitation, while organized crime networks could further profit from the pandemic, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The purpose of this survey - available in 25 languages - is to provide insights on the impact of the coronavirus on human trafficking. There are two versions of the survey, one aimed at survivors of trafficking and the other aimed at NGO/IGO staff.
The new situation has a particularly negative impact on marginalized communities, including thousands of migrants that work in Europe in low paid and exploitative jobs, supporting European countries to plug their labour shortfalls.