Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Social Justice Day

On the Social Justice Day, I would like to shed light on trafficking in persons as one of the most inacceptable forms of inequality. Trafficking has been dealt with mostly from a criminal law perspective. Today it should be primarily seen as a matter of social justice and human rights. Estimates show that more than […]

Stop Slavery Awards

The Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery Award: a nice opportunity to value innovative actions to help trafficking and slavery victims to rebuild their lives. For example, HSBC UK give survivors access to basic bank accounts, although they do not meet usual requirements. In this way survivors can claim state benefits or apply for jobs or rent […]

Celebrating women giving and receiving care, and their empowerment

Trafficked women are vulnerable and simultaneously are brave. They have been exploited and deprived of their autonomy, but are perfectly capable to make decisions about their lives. When I met them in shelters, or afterwards, at school or at work, I recognised their desire of a life full of opportunities, which was at the origin […]

I thank social workers ensuring support to trafficked persons in shelters in these difficult times

Their activities must be backed in any possible way by competent authorities, including in terms of facilitated procedures for funding. Such activities are essential to ensure that women and men who have been subjected to extreme forms of exploitation continue their process of recovery and social inclusion. For them, the prescription to stay at home […]

Governments must protect the health and rights of the most vulnerable people including migrants, trafficked and exploited persons.

COVID-19 has a horrible impact on the most vulnerable, including asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants including trafficked persons.  Those in precarious situations face specific risks. Vulnerable migrants do not dispose of minimal protection against the contagion, not even water to wash their hands. Many live in overcrowded centres, without any possibility to observe minimum […]