La Strada Czech Republic was established in 1995 as a proFem Project. Since 1998, it has been registered as an independent legal entity. In 2004, La Strada Czech Republic helped to cofound an international network La Strada International, with member organizations in 8 other European countries (Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldavia, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine), with the International Secretariat based in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
In May 2012, initial training and fieldwork training of workers from the Novi Put organization took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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”.
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).
Situation started to be monitored with respect to the risk of trafficking in human beings in communities of working migrants.
The organization starts to offer legal services.
The beginning of cooperation with the Vietnamese community.
The organization acquires another flat for sheltered accommodation.
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.
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.