How we work

Through their work with vulnerable people and in emergency situations, National Societies – like the British Red Cross – are likely to encounter victims and survivors of human trafficking.

When you work with those at risk or with survivors of human trafficking, it is important to understand the Red Cross and Red Crescent fundamental principles. That means you should give appropriate help and support to all trafficked people without discrimination and no matter what legal status they have.

You can support survivors of human trafficking in many ways: by giving first aid and healthcare support, emotional support, legal aid, and material and social assistance. You can also help to identify those at risk of trafficking through referral mechanisms in your area.

The Asia Pacific Migration Network and the Action for Trafficked Person Network (ATN) are two networks leading the way in supporting national organisations to develop their own regional responses.

The Asia Pacific Migration Network (APMN) is a regional network established in December 2012 by 17 national organisations. The APMN was created to explore critical issues, develop actions, and contribute to a growing body of knowledge for the benefit of migrants based on the Movement’s Fundamental Principles and humanitarian approach. Australian Red Cross and Maldivian Red Crescent are the current co-chairs and Australian Red Cross hosts the Secretariat for the APMN. Over the last three years the APMN has increased the profile of migration in the region, and as of October 2018 engages 35 National Societies in the Asia Pacific and ICRC and IFRC.

The Action for Trafficked Person Network is a thematic network established in 2004, and is open to European Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations. Its aim is to reduce human trafficking and help protect trafficking survivors, with the support of European National Societies, the IFRC and ICRC. It also promotes Red Cross initiatives for the prevention of trafficking, assistance and protection of survivors of trafficking, and those at risk.