This first information document aims to provide individuals and practitioners with updates on the TRACKS project’s implementation and developments. Regular information updates will be released throughout the project until January 2018.
On 18-19 February 2016, TRACKS project partners met in Lyon to officially launch the project. Since then, TRACKS has been brought to Cyprus, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. During the first 8 months of the project implementation a lot has been done!
The first phase of the national research was completed in June 2016 and will be progressed in the coming months, in particular with the completion of interviews with survivors of trafficking in human beings (THB) who have been through the asylum process in the different participating countries. Indeed, it is important to have survivors’ voices heard because the identification and consideration of the specific needs of victims of trafficking (VoTs) who are in the asylum system, in relation to the procedures and the reception conditions, is at the core of the TRACKS project.
In addition, project partners have developed or joined national networks of practitioners concerned by the issues and willing to improve the support provided to VoTs in the asylum system. Practitioners have met once or several times to share their experiences in focus group discussions. In all countries the partnership has encountered very interested stakeholders willing to be involved in the TRACKS project to better protect and empower VoTs in the asylum system.
Now that the partnership has gathered solid findings and has identified responsive supporters at national levels, TRACKS’s visibility and outreach will be expanded and deliverables, including a practical tool for practitioners and a comparative report with recommendations will be drafted.
Keep on supporting the project and following its implementation, KEEP TRACKS!