Road to Recovery - Statutory Compensation Schemes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:17 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, DLA Piper and AIG
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This report identifies and summarises the statutory compensation schemes available in 20 jurisdictions around the world. It analyses their suitability and accessibility for victims of human trafficking. There is a wide variety of compensation schemes in this review; some are specific to human trafficking victims, while others are more general. Given the specific needs and characteristics of victims of human trafficking, this report analyses how well the relevant schemes are suited to the particular needs of human trafficking victims.

For each jurisdiction the report sets out:

  • which conventions and protocols the jurisdiction is party to;
  • relevant national laws relating to criminalisation of human trafficking and statutory compensation schemes;
  • how the compensation scheme functions: eligibility, application and assessment processes, compensation available, requirements and exclusions;
  • an analysis of the barriers that human trafficking victims may face and key support services that are available;
  • case studies of successful or unsuccessful applications where available;
  • recommendations for improvement; and
  • alternative avenues for seeking compensation, such as criminal restitution or civil claims.

The jurisdictions reviewed in this report are Australia (New South Wales and Victoria),Belgium, Canada (British Columbia and Ontario), China (Hong Kong, SAR), France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (California and New York). 

Please find the link to the full report on the left. The executive summary can be downloaded here.

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