Objectives & Activities

COMP.ACT was initiated by La Strada International and Anti-Slavery International to overcome the problems with the implementation of compensation measures for trafficked people and to raise awareness and mainstream the issue of compensation within the international anti-trafficking agenda.

Because in most countries a legal framework on compensation for victims of crime is in place, the task at hand is not to introduce laws or new international instruments - it is to increase awareness of the existing possibilities and to remove obstacles in systems and procedures that prevent those trafficked from accessing compensation.

The aim is simple: Compensation must become one of the key elements of programs of assistance and services to trafficked people in Europe.

The COMP.ACT project is an initiative in 14 European countries that combines practical work, such as research, test cases and the development of guidelines for professionals with international advocacy and campaigning for access to justice and right to redress for trafficked people. The Advisory Board of the COMP.ACT project consists of four non-national members, being the international organisations CCME, ITUC, PICUM and ODIHR (see “project partners”).

The Advisory Board, together with all fourteen European project partners, form the European coalition in the framework of this project.

The partners in the European coalition will set up national compensation coalitions consisting of stakeholders, such as NGOs that offer direct assistance to trafficked people, the legal community, labour unions, migrant rights organisations and academics, to create a sustainable compensation system for trafficked persons.

Countries will have their own specific working plans, based on the national context and state of affairs concerning compensation. At the same time, a common programme will ensure analysis of existing compensation schemes available for trafficked persons and will guide in-depth case studies to identify reform needs and good practices at the national and international levels.

The coalition aims to work together with intergovernmental organisations such as the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the European Community, to raise international awareness for the right to compensation for trafficked persons by (amongst others) organising events and an international conference on the issue of compensation. Next to awareness raising, the coalition will lobby for the development and implementation of international guidelines, decisions and action plans for compensation measures.