(ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 8 - Protection and assistance for
migrants and the fight against the people-smuggling are the
themes at the centre of the conference entitled "Mediterranean,
a sea of slaves", which is to be held next Thursday in Rome at
the European Parliament building.
The conference co-incides with a visit, from May 8 to 15, of a
delegation of female social workers from Egypt, Jordan and
Lebanon, who are active in politics and in the protection of
female migrant workers and refugees, and who will be examining
the procedures enforced in Italy. The conference will begin at
15:00. During their trip, the women will also meet the
immigration chiefs at the CGIL trade union, Gruppo Abele,
Caritas and local authorities that are highly involved in the
issue, including the City of Naples and the City of Pisa, as
well as other important Italian bodies operating for the
protection of victims of the people trade across Italy.
The delegation's visit is part of a wider scheme, entitled "A
response to the trafficking, violence and exploitation of female
migrant workers in the Mashrek", a project started in 2011 by
the organisation "Un Ponte per", in collaboration with the
Jordanian Women's Union, to tackle violence and exploitation of
female migrant workers in the Middle East, through the
strengthening of the regulatory framework, legal and social
protection services and psychological assistance.
The event will be attended by experts from both sides of the
Mediterranean, including representatives of the International
Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Italian Carabinieri, state
police (Rome branch) the cooperatives Be Free and PARSEC, and
the organisation Casa dei Diritti Sociali.(ANSAmed).