PUBLIC LECTURE: Compensation for trafficked persons?

Participants of the Public Lecture f.l.t.r.: Julia Planitzer, Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger, Evelyn Probst, Barbara Steiner, Gertraud Eppich.In the framework of the Public Lecture Series, organized by the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Justice and LEFOE , a penal discussion on compensation for trafficked persons was held on April 13th 2010.

At the event Gertraud Eppich (Federal Ministry of Justice), Evelyn Probst (Head of IBF-LEFOE), Barbara Steiner (Lawyer, plaz & steiner) and Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger discussed opportunities and challenges in the struggle of victims of human trafficking to receive adequate compensation. Julia Planitzer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) moderated the panel discussion.
Focus of the discussion was the question, which factors impede access to adequate compensation for trafficked persons in Austria. Additionally suggestions for amendments have been presented. Whereas Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger gave an overview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ measures in order to protect domestic workers in diplomatic households from exploitation, Gertraud Eppich briefly indicated new legal amendments and organisational measures such as a specialisation of public prosecution which should support adequate compensation in future.
Evelyn Probst and Barbara Steiner could not only refer to their experiences gained from daily work, but also presented conclusions of a recently finished study on compensation for trafficked persons in Austria.
Aim of this study, written by Julia Planitzer, Evelyn Probst, Barbara Steiner and Barbara Unterlerchner, is to show the different legal possibilities of compensation. The study shows the discrepancies between the legal situation and the possibilities in reality. Therefore 76 criminal law files have been analysed for example. Only five trafficked persons out of these 76 files actually received an amount of money.
The study has been written within the framework of the activities of the European network called COMP.ACT Europe. Aim of this network in 14 European countries is the integration of the right to compensation in national measures regarding trafficking in human beings as well as international politics on this topic. Furthermore sustainable instruments should be elaborated, in order to ensure compensation for trafficked persons in future. First result of the activities of the Austrian working group is this study.
The study was funded by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), UN.GIFT (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking), and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.

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