In a partnership with FLAD - Luso-American Development Foundation, APAV hosted the visit of a group of students from Rhode Island College, USA, from 10-20 July. Following a first APAV presentation meeting, two preparatory meetings followed, with the students presenting the final result of their work on 20 July at FLAD's premises. The group brought together a total of nine students: Stephanie Brodeur, Keighan Roy, Kelly Smith, Edwin Jorge, Auder Aldana, Casey Michael, Roberto Soler, Nelida Silva and Vanessa Ruggieri; Under the guidance of Professor Leslie DiManna. The students presented three proposals for communication and fundraising events, which will be implemented during the year 2018.
The United States Departament of State released the Trafficking In Persons Report (June 2017), which analyses the measures adopted by diferente governments to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings.
Following the past few years, Portugal obtained once again the higher classification - Trier 1 -, for having adopted all the necessary efforts to improve anti-trafficking policies.
The TIP report highligths that the Portuguese government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by increasing the number of investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and victims identified, and also the legal ammendments to protect exploited workers and to extend criminal liability of recruitment agencies and temporary work agencies.
It also highlighted the importance of the involvement of NGOs in the fight against human trafficking and the efforts by the Government to maintain the three shelters to assist and protect victims of human trafficking that exist in Portugal – one of them is run by APAV and shelters woman victims of human trafficking and their children.
To learn more about human trafficking, please visit our website: No to Trafficking
APAV is excited to announce that we have just started a collaboration with Slave Free Trade. Slave Free Trade is an association committed to eliminating modern slavery in business supply chains – be it at a clothing factory or at a coffee plantation. According to the Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are trapped in slavery right now – and we would like to help slavefreetrade to fight against it. Our collaboration will focus on raising awareness about the prevalence of slavery, contributing to the adoption of laws to protect victims of slavery and human trafficking, informing consumers, and providing support to the victims. We are looking forward to working with Slave Free Trade on our journey for justice and a fairer world.
The Victim Support Europe Annual Conference 2017 took place in Dublin on the May 17th and 18th. The conference was focused on "Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses" and was co-hosted by Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC), Victims' Rights Alliance (VRA), Victims Support NI and Victim Support Europe.
At the welcome cocktail, which took place at the Oak Room of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor of Dublin emphasized the importance of the work of the european victim support organizations. APAV participated in the Conference, promoting panels and workshops, and intervened in several parallel events.
APAV inaugurated the Victim Support Office of Paços de Ferreira on May 23rd, at a ceremony attended by the president of the APAV, João Lázaro, and the president of the Municipality of Paços de Ferreira, Humberto Brito. The new Victim Support Office has the support of the Municipality of Paços de Ferreira and is located in the City Hall building, in Paços do Concelho - Praça da República, 46 (Room 0.08 B)
APAV is now directly present in 24 counties through its national network of 17 Victim Support Offices, supported by the Victim Support Line - 116 006 (a free European victim support number) and three specialized support sub-networks (CARE - support for children and young people victims of sexual violence; RAFAVH - support for family members and friends of victims of homicide; and UAVMD - migrant and discrimination victims).
Victim Support Office of Paços de Ferreira
Paços do Concelho, Sala 0.08 B
Praça da República, 46
4590-527 Paços de Ferreira
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
9H00-13H00 / 14H00-17H00