[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Governments should ensure that:
There is sufficient access to (free and specialized) legal aid throughout proceedings removing barriers based on means test, legality of residence and reasonable chance of case success.
Support specialization of legal professionals and the establishment, nationally and internationally, or a network of specialized lawyers to assist and represent trafficked persons and victims of related crimes in proceedings to claim compensation.
Consider state advance payment of compensation (awarded in criminal proceedings) as a tool to improve victims’ access to an effective remedy.
Remove existing barriers concerning eligibility criteria for victims’ access to State compensation funds for victims of violent crime in line with the obligations under the European Anti-Trafficking Convention (Article 15.3) and the EU Trafficking Directive (Article 17).