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The National Consulting and Intervention Centre for the Victims of Trafficking (KCIK).

Published Publication date 29.07.2013

Since 2006 ‘Programme of support and protection of victims/witnesses of trafficking for foreigners’ has been realized as a public task commissioned by the minister of internal affairs. Financed from state budget, the Programme is dedicated to foreign nationals – citizens of third countries identified as victims of trafficking in human beings in Poland. The increase of total number of people trafficked to forced labour is very noticeable last years. In Poland, the majority of victims of this practice were mostly citizens of Asian countries, while each and every case of exploitation to beggary registered by national authorities concerned citizens from Middle-East Europe.

Since 2010 the Programme is a part of the The National Consulting and Intervention Centre for the Victims of Trafficking (KCIK), which helps foreign victims to legalize their stay and organizes their return to their home countries. The concept of KCIK was drafted by La Strada Foundation Poland. The National Centre was established in April 2009. It is managed by non-governmental organizations chosen in an open bid as a public task assigned by the Minister of Interior and financed in full from the state budget. KCIK offers assistance both to Polish nationals and foreigners staying in Poland. The advice and consultations are also available to persons who are leaving or planning to leave the country for work. The Centre provides a wide range of assistance, including medical, psychological and legal care. Furthermore, the Centre offers a 24h helpline for victims or witnesses of trafficking.

Until 2013 the Centre had run only one shelter for victims in the Central Poland which provides safe accommodation and care of specialized personnel, with possibility of isolating the victims
in certain cases, concerning for example health problems, distinction of sex, etc It’s activity is run by regular staff consisting of: supervisor, trainer of social skills and specialized, experienced personnel which supports people at night. From this year, sheltered people are accompanied by a group of volunteers formed by the Centre to help in the afternoons and at weekends. In addition, from 2013 a new shelter in the southern Poland started it’s activity. Those shelters ensure accommodations only for female trafficking victims.

Although in Poland there is no shelter dedicated strictly to male victims of THB, it does not mean that they are forced to stay without any support or accommodation. Thanks to the cooperation of the National Consulting with other non-governmental organizations and national institutions, male victims are also given a wide range of medical, psychological, legal and social care, including accommodation.

The number of victims supported by National Centre shows – to some extent – the scale of the phenomenon. In the period from April 2009 to December 2011, 619 persons got direct support, whereas only in 2012 there were 198 people supported in total by KCIK, from which 145 were female victims and 53 were male victims of THB. The latest data from January to December 2012 show that the number of people exploited for beggary (36 persons), forced labour (54 persons) and prostitution (78 persons) lead in cases actively coordinated by the Centre. Because of the lack of particular information or breaking off the contact, the aim of exploitation of victims was not identified in the rest cases.

 

Get more information on: www.kcik.pl

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