Legal professionals

  • Always claim statutory interest on material and intangible compensation when a claim for an injured party is submitted on behalf of a victim of human trafficking
  • Make use of the possibilities to take advantage of any seizure imposed by the Public Prosecution to insure the confiscation claim.
  • Draw up guidelines for claims of the injured party
  • Cooperate with the Public Prosecution Service during the preparation of the claim of an injured party
  • Ensure or promote claiming of compensation during criminal proceedings, so that the victims do not have to claim compensation through a civil case; this is more expensive, takes more time and an emotional burden for the victims
  • Establish a network of lawyers who specialize in (assistance to victims of) human trafficking, consisting of lawyers specialized in labor, aliens, criminal and civil law.
  • Judges should always impose the compensation measure, even if there is no victim who joins as an injured party
  • Strengthen partnerships with victim support organisations and trade unions with regard to supporting trafficked and/or exploited people in obtaining compensation for damages, and in particular for unpaid wages through individual or collective action.
  • Invest in training and capacity building of criminal justice practitioners, particularly prosecutors and judges, on compensation for trafficked person, facilitating exchange of experience and mutual learning building on case law and international standards.
  • Foster information sharing and mutual learning between judges, prosecutors, lawyers and victim support organizations within and across jurisdictions on compensation issues.

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