Global Call for Evidence on Children’s Institutions and Human Trafficking
Lumos, which was founded by the author J.K. Rowling to help ensure all children can grow up in the care of a family, is reaching out to individuals and organisations from around the world to collect examples, information and knowledge about institutions (such as orphanages, residential schools, children’s homes, closed units, asylum centres, shelters, detention) and how they may be linked to child exploitation.
The call seeks to identify information about children being trafficked to and from such institutions, and exploited in them. Additionally, Lumos wishes to hear about the risk of trafficking to individuals who have grown up in institutions – even in later life – and how institutions may be used as a response to separated children.
How to make a submission?
The deadline for submissions is 11 October 2019. The online submission form is available in a number of languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Romanian, Czech, and Bulgarian). It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please make your submission here.
How will submissions be used?
Around the world, there is growing awareness of the phenomenon of girls and boys being trafficked in the context of institutions and of the increased risks of trafficking to those who have been in institutional care previously. However, the collective knowledge of the scale, patterns and causes of this harmful practice is still very limited, and the exploitation of children therefore goes unnoticed.
Lumos is grateful for all submissions, and 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. Submissions will contribute to filling some of the major gaps in the global evidence base and help strengthen the child protection sector and improve the lives of children. Anonymous submissions are also possible.
More details about how this information will be used, including our methodology, child safeguarding and data privacy can be found in these Guidelines.
Sharing within your network
In order to gather diverse perspectives, Lumos is disseminating the call to a broad range of individuals and organisations. We encourage participants to share this with relevant contacts. We welcome organisations including it in their newsletters or on their websites (and we can provide templates for that purpose).
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Callforevidence@wearelumos.org.
Click HERE to submit evidence on children’s institutions and human trafficking.
Chloe Setter is Senior Advisor: Anti-Trafficking, Lumos Foundation.
This article has been prepared by Chloe Setter as a contributor to Delta 8.7. As provided for in the Terms and Conditions of Use of Delta 8.7, the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of UNU or its partners.