La Strada Needs Your Help
During the nine years of its existence La Strada Czech Republic has
come a long way:
- From having no government attention whatsoever to being a key partner
in the government’s Trafficked Persons Protection Scheme
- From an organization with scarce human resources to an office with clear
division of tasks and a well-trained and competent team of eight full-time
- From a newly established organization dealing with an issue unknown
to most of its contacts to a widely recognized expert on an issue receiving
In the upcoming years, La Strada would like to further professionalize
its work and expand its services and influence. To achieve these goals,
La Strada would like to:
- Establish and develop a network of organizations in different areas
of the Czech Republic. The organizations would carry out prevention
work and provide social assistance in particular regions with their knowledge
of the local situation. Such a network would provide for flexible referral
of clients, speedy exchange of information and service coverage for the whole
territory of the Czech Republic.
- Push for the full implementation of recommendations to the Czech
government regarding the issue of human trafficking presented
in December 2003 that translate years of the organization’s experience
in this area.
- Carry out comprehensive prevention activities at primary,
secondary and tertiary levels. Primary prevention targets the general public,
secondary prevention focuses on specific risk groups and tertiary prevention
basically equals prevention of retrafficking.
- Open a new shelter for trafficked women. Funding for rent
for one year is already secured, but it has turned out to be extremely
difficult to secure adequate premises.
La Strada deals with people – and mostly these people are
troubled people who need time and a human touch. This can only be provided
through the sensitive handling of the situation and the investment of time
by competent people. Similarly, advocacy requires continued and sustained
interaction with decision makers, which is also a highly time-consuming
activity requiring competent staff.
To be able to implement its core activities within the advocacy,
prevention and social assistance areas in the next year, La Strada needs
of 3.5 million CZK to cover its staff and office rental costs.
If you’d like to help, or know of people or resources that could help,
please let us know.