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The Global Detention Project, on 25th April, organized the fourth in its series of webinars exploring how civil society organizations can effectively engage with human rights monitoring mechanisms to promote the rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in immigration detention.

In this webinar, global experts on human trafficking talked about how the principle of non-punishment can be used to protect victims of trafficking who are detained for migration-related offences. The director of ASTRA, Marija Anđelković, spoke about ASTRA’s experiences in this field and the treatment of this topic in Serbia.


  • What is the principle of non-punishment and how does it relate to immigration detention?
  • How can civil society organizations engage with international organizations to protect victims of trafficking?
  • International standards on the non-punishment of victims of trafficking already exist – but are they being effectively used to prevent the detention of trafficked migrants and refugees?
  • What can we learn from the ASEAN region where the principle of non-punishment has been integrated into national legislation?
  • What does the new UK Illegal Migration Bill and the withdrawal of protection under the Modern Slavery Act mean for victims of trafficking in the UK?
  • What are the global trends in protecting victims of trafficking from migration-related detention?
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