La Strada International
La Strada Czech Republic is a member of La Strada International
The International La Strada Association (La Strada International/LSI) is a leading European NGO network that works to ensure a world without trafficking in human beings by promoting respect for human rights. The network comprises eight independent member organisations that operate from a grass-roots level. The members are based in Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine and implement activities for advocacy, prevention and social support for trafficked persons and at-risk groups in order to empower them to exercise their rights.
An International Secretariat supports the members by coordinating the implementation of common strategies, engaging in monitoring and advocacy activities and networking and organising capacity building to provide better services to the target groups. LSI secretariat monitors and harmonises common La Strada activities and is also responsible for data collection, registration and information provision.
The advocacy activities of LSI target the intergovernmental organisations and institutions that develop international treaties and legislation, such as the European Union, Council of Europe, OSCE and UN, providing specific recommendations to improve the protection and respect for the rights of trafficked persons, migrants and groups vulnerable to human trafficking. LSI and the partner organisations closely monitor the implementation of the protection measures of the international treaties at the national level to ensure that trafficked persons' rights are not only on paper but also in practice protected.
LSI's work is based on the human rights approach, acknowledging that trafficking in persons is a gross violation of human rights and that states are accountable and responsible to provide trafficked persons with effective remedies. According to this approach, viola¬tion of human rights is both a cause and a consequence of trafficking in human beings and therefore the preven¬tion of trafficking and the protection of victims should be based on the protection of the rights of all human beings, with a focus on those vulnerable to human trafficking, such as (irregular) migrant workers, domestic workers and sex workers. The human rights based approach opposes anti-trafficking meas¬ures which adversely affect or infringe upon the human rights of trafficked persons or other affected groups.
The holistic view on the issue of trafficking, with much focus on the root causes of trafficking, such as poverty, gender inequality and violence, discrimination, restrictive migration policies and the unequal division of wealth in the world, has lead LSI to cooperate with a broad range of partners in the field of human rights, migrant rights and labour rights.
LSI is a member of: the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN); the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM); the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW); the Alliance Expert Coordination Team (AECT) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Association for Women's Right in Development (AWID) and the EU Fundamental Rights Platform.