Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

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 […]

On 27th and 28th June, I presented the report on my country visit to Nigeria

On 27th and 28th June, I presented the report on my country visit to Nigeria. I have commended Nigeria’s comprehensive anti-trafficking legal framework and specialised NAPTIP agency, which is however underfunded and should me made more effective. I’m extremely concerned that governmental shelters are “closed”, infringing on the freedom of movement of survivors of trafficking, […]

Trafficked women and girls: vulnerabilities and resilience

According to the latest UNODC report, almost 75% of the detected victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation are females, and 35 % of the victims trafficked for forced labour are also females, both women and girls. Women are victimized especially in mixed migration flows, as a consequence of debt bondage and isolation. During their journey […]

30 July 2019 – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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 […]

Interviewed by Thomson Reuters Foundation

I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Thomson Reuters Foundation on the role of business in tackling labour exploitation, in relation to my recent report to the General Assembly on access to remedy for victims of trafficking for abuses by businesses and their suppliers. I believe that governments and the private sector have to […]