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Launch of the tool

The RighT Guide was launched on December 9 2010, during a conference on the need for Human Rights Impact Assessment in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

The development of this tool was made possible with financial support from the Daphne programme of the European Commission. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-financed this project.

Many anti-trafficking measures fail to sufficiently respect or protect the rights of trafficked persons and other groups affected by these measures. The RighT Guide helps NGOs to assess the human rights impact of anti-trafficking measures. This strengthens their advocacy for more effective, rights-based policies against trafficking. This new HRIA tool was launched on 9 December 2010.

 

Anti-trafficking efforts and human rights

States often prioritise prosecution and punishment of traffickers, while failing to effectively safeguard the rights of persons who have been trafficked. Moreover, anti-trafficking efforts can even impact negatively on the rights of trafficked persons and other groups that might be affected by these efforts, such as migrant domestic workers or sex workers. To address this issue, Aim for human rights, Scot-Pep, La Strada International and La Strada Czech Republic – together with many others working on human rights, sex worker’s rights, trafficking, and migrant rights – have developed the RighT Guide.

Assessing impact to advocate better policies

This tool presents a step-by-step method that helps NGOs and other civil society groups to assess the intended and unintended effects, both negative and positive, of anti-trafficking laws and measures on the rights of affected groups. The policy and its impact are measured against the human rights obligations of a State. NGOs can then use the evidence-based outcomes to advocate law or policy reforms that respect human rights of all persons. The reports of NGOs that used the RighT Guide will be published here.

Using the RighT Guide

NGOs or civil society groups interested in using the tool can download it here or contact us for a printed copy. The RighT Guide can be used independently. However, to many NGOs using a human rights framework is rather new. An introduction workshop can help to get started. We can also provide support during the assessment. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the possibilities.