Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

5 arguments against the “Nordic Model” on prostitution, based on a feminist approach

The criminalisation of buyers of sexual services, which is an essential component of the “nordic model”, backed by one wing of the European feminism, identifies as a priority the punishment of clients, whilst public policies should focus on the empowerment of women and all sex workers including LGBTQI, not as victims but as rights holders, […]

Beyond trafficking and slavery. Are our laws cut out for addressing systemic exploitation?

Shortcomings of the implementation of the 2000 Palermo Protocol Since the late 1990s I have been committed to establishing, implementing, and monitoring anti-trafficking legislation and policies. This includes a six-year tenure as United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons especially women and children, which ended in July 2020. As many people will already be […]

Acknowledging women’s vulnerability and agency

As a women’s rights advocate, and during my six year mandate as UN Special rapporteur on trafficking in persons especially women and children, I tried to develop research and better understanding of two aspects, deeply linked with women’s experience: First, women and girls are the vast majority of women trafficked for sexual exploitation, and are […]

5° Report “Agromafie e Caporalato”

Proud to contribute to the 5° Report “Agromafie e Caporalato” recently published by FLAI-CGIL,  the Italian Trade Union of agricultural workers. The chapter by Letizia Palumbo and myself focuses on exploitation of women in agriculture. The Report indicates that 180.000 migrant workers are exploited in slavery-like conditions by agricultural “mafia”, not only in the South: […]

Presentation to HRC

I presented today my report to the Human Rights Council, calling for a shift from a law enforcement to a human rights approach in the fight against trafficking. In particular, assistance and residence status should never be made conditional on trafficked persons’ cooperation with law enforcement; States should ensure access to remedies including compensation; businesses […]

World Day against Child Labour

Today is the World Day against Child Labour. Migrant children, asylum seekers, children separated from their families, invisible and exposed to the worst forms of exploitation, are the most vulnerable, and thus social consequences of COVID-19 are particularly devastating.  Since opportunities to gain money are decreasing, and exploited persons cannot satisfy the expectations of their […]

Innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims and survivors of trafficking in persons

Today I presented to HRC my report focusing on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims and survivors of trafficking in persons.So far victim support has been almost exclusively focused on short-term measures. I argue that social inclusion in the long run is the ultimate goal of any anti-trafficking action. Social inclusion is […]

On this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I stressed the need for a profound change in States’ approaches to migration and trafficking

On this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I stressed the need for a profound change in States’ approaches to migration and trafficking, in order to promote the long-term social inclusion of survivors. The increasing criminalisation of migrants as well as NGOs and individuals providing humanitarian aid, and the adoption of restrictive and xenophobic […]

The Human Rights Podcast

During my recent visit to Galway, which marked my appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, I was delighted to contribute to the Centre’s latest project, The Human Rights Podcast. In this short interview, which was released on European Anti-trafficking Day, I discuss my role as […]

Today I presented to HRC my report focusing on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims and survivors of trafficking in persons

Today I presented to HRC my report focusing on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims and survivors of trafficking in persons. So far victim support has been almost exclusively focused on short-term measures. I argue that social inclusion in the long run is the ultimate goal of any anti-trafficking action. Social inclusion […]