The violations of smuggled migrants' human rights and increasing access to justice and protection were discussed by experts during this event. Anchored in human rights, the discussion included considerations on the need for legal channels for migration, also as a prevention mechanism to migrant smuggling and violence against smuggled migrants.
Specifically, the panelists shared reflection on mental and physical violence inflicted upon smuggled migrants from both state officials and private actors. Speakers reflected on different responses of States and highlighted that access to justice for migrants who have suffered violation and abuse is not a priority. Linked to this, the discussion also touched upon the criminalization of smuggled migrants for their own smuggling and the impact it has on hindering access to protection and justice.
What are the main obstacles to access to justice for smuggled migrants?
What are the key human rights issues in counter-smuggling response?
Time: 14:00 (CET)
Link to the Meeting: Link
Hickman, Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice
The meeting recording : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNdZTwq1BGw