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Human trafficking victims/witnesses support and protection programme

The human trafficking victims/witnesses support and protection programme means assistance for individuals considered victims of human trafficking by the Police, the Border Guard Service or the Prosecutor's Office.

In order to participate in the programme it is required to end all contacts with the perpetrators and to decide to start co-operating with law enforcement organs. Such a decision entails filing a notification about the committed crime. Individuals who have not yet decided whether they want to testify may use a so-called reflection period, although not longer than 3 months (or 4 months in the case of minors). During this period they are also entitled to receive help.

The programme covers individuals who:

  • are using the reflection period (up to 3 months) i.e. they receive assistance from KCIK but they have not decided whether they want to start co-operating with law enforcement organs yet, or
  • are co-operating with law enforcement organs until the moment of completion of the procedures in which they are participating.

Participants of the Programme:

  • may legalise their stay in Poland (if they are staying illegally) – how can foreigners legalise their stay in Poland? ->
  • during the reflection period and during proedures also receive help in the form of:
    - safe accommodation,
    - food,
    - healthcare,
    - psychological support,
    - legal consultations,
    - assistance of a translator,
    - transport within the country,
    - assistance of an employee of the organisation in contacts with law enforcement and courts in the course of testifying and participating in court proceedings. 

Assistance provided under the Programme ends at the moment all procedures with the participation of the victim are closed.

Help for victims recognised by KCIK but not recognised by the Police, the Border Guard Service or the Prosecutor's Office

If an individual does not want to start co-operation with law enforcement but is a victim of human trafficking in the opinion of the employees of KCIK, such an individual will also receive help. These individuals will be provided with safe accommodation, food, healthcare, psychological support, legal consultations and the assistance of a translator. 

Note! In this situation it is, however, impossible to legalise one's stay in Poland if the individual is staying in Poland illegally. 

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