Urgent: Seeking information for La Strada Poland project

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Subject: Urgent: Seeking information for La Strada Poland project
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Fri Feb 19 1999 - 13:25:35 EST


>Dear friends,
>
>The La Strada Foundation Against Trafficking in Women is a Polish NGO
>whose objective is a prevention of trafficking in women.
>In 1998 we began a program entitled "La Strada’s passport insert". As
>part of this program we are preparing a guidebook for Polish women
>going to the European Union (with a focus on Germany, Greece, Spain,
>Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands).
>It will contain in concise form information which may be useful to
>young women going abroad, helping them feel securer and safer. It will
>include information on residence regulations, labor and family laws,
>studying abroad, legal and illegal employment, protection of women’s
>rights, etc. as well as the addresses of assistance organizations and
>important telephone numbers.
>
>***In the past months we have managed to collect information from
>official sources; however, it has been difficult to gain information
>from NGOs, which often possess the most comprehensive knowledge and
>experience. Your assistance is of *absolutely vital importance* to us:
>much of the information only you NGOs can provide, and we really have
>no other way of finding it out. Please note that Spain and Greece are
>the countries about which we have the fewest information. Also, the
>situation of prostitutes, their rights and any available protection
>and assistance is a subject on which we still have very little
>information.***
>
>We enclose a _questionnaire_. If there is any other helpful
>information on issues we have not included in the questionnaire, we
>will also greatly appreciate it. If you know any other organizations
>or agencies that we may approach with our request, please let us know
>and/or forward this e-mail further.
>
>If possible, please send us also some data on your organization – when
>and why it was founded, are there any specific groups in whose name
>you operate, what kind of actions do you undertake (e.g. leaflets,
>folders etc). This way we will be able to know you better.
>We will be grateful if your send us your answers by the end of
>February 1999, if possible in English.
>We hope to hear from you,
>
>**Please reply to:miriam75@friko7.onet.pl **
>
>Best regards,
>
>Agata Teutsch
>Dominika Ambroziewicz
>La Strada’s passport insert project.
>
>La Strada Foundation Against Trafifcking in Women, Warsaw, Poland
>tel/fax. (+48-22) 628 31 77
>P.O. Box 5
>00-956 Warsaw 10
>Poland
>
>
>
>QUESTIONNAIRE
>
>
>1. POSSIBILITIES OF MEDICAL AID FOR FOREIGN WOMEN (MEDICAL GUIDANCE,
>INTERVENTIONS,
>HOSPITALIZATION...)
>
>1.1 Is a foreign woman entitled to a medical assistance if she is:
> 1.1a insured?
> 1.1b uninsured but is legally employed?
> 1.1c uninsured, has no job or is working illegally?
>1.2 Addresses of institutions that provide free-of-charge medical
>assistance to foreigners.
>
>II. EMPLOYMENT
>
>A. LEGAL JOB
> A.1 What a woman who plans to undertake legal employment should know (any
>special requirements to meet, formalities, necessary documents, institutions
>and agencies she can approach for assistance and/or information)?
> A.2 Advantages resulting from legal employment (insurance, ensured
>earnings, an guarantees in the case of e.g. a poor harvest/picking)?
>A.3 In your region/area, are there any popular legal forms of employment
>for foreign women (for instance, seasonal fruit picking, nanny work etc.) ?
> A.4 In what sectors and in what professions can a foreign woman may find
>job?
> A.5 Is it necessary to speak the langauge of the country (or another
>foreign language) At what level?
> A.6 For how long may a foreign citizen be legally employed?
> A.7 Are there any employment agencies through which foreign women can
>seek jobs?
>A.8 Where can legally employed women seek legal assistance when problems
>with the employers appear (labor law, signing contracts, the appropriate
>institutions’ addresses)?
>
>ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT
>B1. How is an illegal job defined (lack of a contract, lack of a work
>permit?)?
>B.2 What are the consequences of working illegally?
>B.3 If the employer does not keep to agreed employment and/or remuneration
>conditions, or the woman is forced to de facto slavery,– where can she seek
>assistance, if she is working illegally?
>
>C. EMPLOYER’S CREDIBILITY
>C.1 What are the institutions in your country wherein the woman can obtain
>information on whether her possible employer operates legally; whether
>his/her company’s actual operations are in line with the information
>presented in his/her job offer. Do companies that employ foreigners need a
>special permit to do that, where are they registered?
>
>D. REALITIES OF THE JOB
>D.1 What are the jobs that are most often offered to foreigners in your
>country?
>D.2 What is the average remuneration for a given work?
>D.3 What kind of the job adverts should raise doubts?
>
>
>III. FORMAL AND INFORMAL RELATIONS BETWEEN POLISH WOMEN AND FOREIGNERS
>
>A. CONCUBINAGE
> A.1 Do foreign women who are in a concubinage relationship with the
>citizens of your country have any legal rights that protect them?
>
>B. MARRIAGE
> B.1 What should a woman who gets married to a citizen of your country
>know?
> B.2 Is a husband obligaged to financially support his wife and children?
> B.3 Is a wife financially responsible for her husband's old debts?
> B.4 Where the women who is ill-treated by her husband may seek help (any
> organizations, hot-lines)?
>
>C. SEPARATION
> C.1 What happens to children? Who takes care of them - the woman or her
>husband?
> C.2 What about an apartment? If the woman lives in her husband’s apartment,
>does she need to leave that apartment? Is finding and paying for the
>apartment an obligation of the women only?
> C.3 Does her residential status change?
> C.4 What about a joint property of spouses? What does it consist of?
> C.5 In the case the woman is unable to support herself by her own and has
>no job – are there any possibilities of getting financial support (or any
>other assistance)?
> C.6 Does she have to leave the country?
> C.7 Which organizations/institutions may help with the formalities?
>
>DIVORCE
> D.1 Who takes care of the children in the case of a divorce – a mother or
>a
> father?
> D.2 What about an apartment? If the woman lives in her husband’s
>apartment, does she need to leave that apartment? Is finding and paying for
>an apartment an obligation of the women only?
> D.3 Does her residential status change?
> D.4 What about a joint property of spouses? What does it consist of?
> D.5 In the case the woman is unable to support herself by her own and has
>no job – are there any possibilities to get a financial support (any other
>assistance)?
> D.6 Does she have to leave the country?
> D.7 What is deemed by law to be a reason for a divorce?
> D.8 Which organizations/institutions may help with the divorce
>formalities?
> D.9 If the woman has no money, has she any chance of getting a lawyer to
>assist her?
>
>DEATH
> E.1 Does the woman inherit from her spouse?
> E.2 Does the woman get any death pension (how big, any formalities?)?
> E.3 Can she stay in the country? In the same apartment?
>
>CHILDREN
>F.1 Can a pregnant foreign woman get any medical assistance in your
>country?
>F.2 After the delivery – who may help with formalities?
>F.2.1 How may support payments be executed?
>F.2.2 What citizenship does the child get?
>F.2.3 How the parental rights are defined?
>F.2.4 Does the child get a residence permit?
>
>
>IV. WORK IN PROSTITUTION
>IV.1 Is prostitution legal? Are work and residence permits necessary to
>work in prostitution?
> IV.2 Are there any selected places (for instance towns, streets, types of
>areas) where prostitution is allowed (please name)?
> IV.3 Are there any prostitutes’ organizations that assist prostitutes (if
>so, please name)? Are there any Polish speaking persons in such
>organizations?
> IV.4 Is it necessary to register prostitution activity and pay insurance
>and taxes?
> IV.5 What is the structure and most common forms of prostitution’s? Are
>there many Polish women active in prostitution? Where do they work?
>IV.6 What happens if the prostitute gets arrested by the police? What are
>her rights? Does she have a right to have an interpreter?
> IV.7 If the conditions of the agreement have been broken and the woman has
>been sold, forced to prostitute and mistreated, where may she seek help?
>
>
> V. MATRIMONIAL TRAFFIC
> V.1 What kind of a matrimonial advert should raise the woman’s concern?
>V.2 Are there any cases of a matrimonial traffic?
> V.3 Is there any information available concerning the women’s photos sent
>to the matrimonial agencies where they may be misused and jeopardize women’s
>security?
>V.4 How can the woman verify her potential husband’s identity?
>
>
>VI. COMMITTING CRIME
>VI.1 When the woman has been accused, apprehended, arrested – what are her
>rights? Are there any organizations that may assist her in contacting
>someone in her own country, hiring an attorney and interpreter?
>
>
>VII. WHAT MAY THE WOMAN DO?
>VII.1 When she is mistreated at home. Does she have to present proof? What
>kind of proof? If it must be an obduction, where can she seek the
>examination, what are the costs of it, who pays for the obduction?
>VII.2 Are there any shelters for the mistreated women?
>VII.3 Are there any 24 hours open telephone hot-lines that may offer to the
>mistreated women a psychologist and/or lawyer’s assistance?
>VII.4 A rape.
>Are there any organizations that offer a psychologist/lawyer’s assistance?
>Can the victim be transported to a safe shelter?
>What is the name and telephone number of such an organization?
>When should the victim seek an official medical exam7?
> Who arranges for the official medical exam?
> Is the victim transported to the hospital to be examined and, if necessary,
>medically treated?
>
>
>VIII. PRACTICAL GUIDELINES
>1. Women’s organizations
>2. Medical facilities and assistance
>3. Social assistance offices
>4. Agencies for minors
>5. Offices providing assistance to foreigners
>6. Shelters for women
>7. Shelters for the mistreated women and single mothers.


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