Our activity

The "Social Changes" - is consulting and information institution for social support of citizens in a difficult life situation is a full member of La Strada International, an international association that includes 29 organizations from 24 European countries.

In Belarus, the "Social Changes" Institution administers the La Strada Belarus Program, a project to prevent human trafficking, labor and sexual exploitation. The director of the Social Change institution - is Elena Nesteruk.

Since 2001, in Belarus, the La Strada Program has been effectively working to overcome stereotypes about representing the problem of trafficking in human beings as a problem of prostitution, in disseminating information about the dangers of trafficking and the rules of safe migration behavior.

We are members of the La Strada International Association. The main objective of the La Strada Program is to prevent human trafficking in Central and Eastern Europe. Now the network unites 24 countries and is registered as the international non-governmental organization La Strada, with headquarters in the Netherlands.

Now the network unites 24 countries and is registered as the international non-governmental organization La Strada, with headquarters in the Netherlands. All participating countries develop their activities in three main areas: conducting information and educational work, providing assistance to victims of human trafficking, working with the media and lobbying.

Social assistance The La Strada program provides assistance to victims of trafficking in persons, either directly or by referral to highly qualified specialists and specialized organizations. At the same time, social support is provided to customers.

La Strada Program was launched in our country 20 years ago. The first and the most important stage of its work was opening of a hotline on safe travel abroad and support for victims of human trafficking in January, 2001.

During these years our volunteer efforts and initiatives were not only supported at the state and the international levels, but also evolved into a wide national program for promotion of safe migration, support for victims of human trafficking.

Today La Strada is the program which is being implemented in Belarus by the organisation "Social changes".

We are a competent member of the International La Strada Association which includes  29 members from 24 countries.

Today La Strada Belarus Program means:

  • The informational hotline on all migrational issues: employment abroad, marriage with foreign citizens, travel and study abroad

  • Opportunity to ask for support in a case of a crisis situation when abroad from any point of the world via e-mail and  online consulting 

  • The best experts in sphere of safe migration and counteracting trafficking in human beings 

  • The programs of support for victims of human trafficking: provision of free medical, legal, psychological support

  • Participation in preparation of the national legislative acts, monitoring of the processes of implementation of the international norms and standards and the standards at the national level 

  • The network of trainers, who work all across Belarus with various target groups: students, school pupils, teachers on issues of prevention of human trafficking, informing about legal ways of employment and traveling abroad.

  • The web-site of La Strada Program www.lastrada.by. It is designed for potential migrants, and also for people who appeared in a crisis situation abroad, or who want to know how to avoid one. At the web-site we share news, describe how to act in tough situations, introduce important details concerning work, study abroad, marriage to foreign citizens, holidays in exotic countries and countries aren't familiar to the Belarusians.


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