Assistance and Justice for Victims of Rape

Sexual Violence, and Human Trafficking in Ukraine

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Media reports depict harrowing scenes of rape and sexual violence by Russian soldiers against Ukrainians, including children. UNHCR and the UNODC have also raised alarms about the risk of human trafficking and sexual exploitation at border crossings, including predation orchestrated through criminal networks, where refugees, exhausted and desperate, are enticed with offers of transportation, accommodation, and promises of employment.

Faculty and research scholars from the Marron Institute are partnering with a coalition of victim-service professionals, to grow a team of technical-assistance providers, lawyers, and data scientists to help document war crimes, support adults and children who have experienced rape and sexual violence in Ukraine, and help reduce the risk of human trafficking at border crossings and in destination countries. The team will also draw on lessons learned in Ukraine to create model procedures for rapid and comprehensive deployment of victim support and evidentiary collection for future war scenarios.

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