Lumos has issued a Call for Evidence on the links between children’s institutions and human trafficking.
The goal of this call for evidence
The purpose of gathering evidence through this call is to understand the links between children's institutions and human trafficking in diverse contexts around the world. Lumos is collecting examples, information, knowledge and resources about trafficking into, out of or after leaving children's institutions as well as practice in tackling this serious problem.
What are children's institutions?
Children's institutions are residential facilities where an ‘institutional culture’ prevails. This includes for example ‘orphanages’, compound/cluster facilities, ‘reception centres’ for unaccompanied migrant children, residential health facilities, psychiatric wards, residential ‘special schools’, and boarding schools.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is defined as ‘the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation’. In this context, exploitation shall include, at a minimum, forced labour, begging, sexual exploitation, illegal adoption, domestic servitude, criminal exploitation, and organ harvesting.
How to make a submission
Evidence submissions are divided into two parts. You can choose to make submissions in either one or both of these:
- Part I: Examples, information and knowledge about human trafficking linked to children's institutions
- Part II: Examples, information and knowledge about countering human trafficking linked to children's institutions
You can also add publications and resources in support of your submissions. For each part, you will be able to make up to three submissions.
The deadline for submissions is 11 October 2019. The online submission form, which is available in numerous languages, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can make a submission by clicking here.
How your submissions will be used
Lumos is grateful for all submissions, and we will carefully analyse them to increase our understanding of patterns, dynamics, risks and drivers. This information will be published and disseminated to provide evidence for strategies, interventions and policies for preventing and tackling trafficking in the context of children's institutions. Your submissions will contribute to addressing some of the major gaps in the global evidence base and help strengthen the child protection sector to improve the lives of children.