Since the South American refugees were taken care of in Lyon in 1974, the integration of refugees in France (statutory refugees according to the International Convention of Geneva definition or recipients of supplementary protection) is in the heart of the activities carried out by Entraide Pierre Valdo
Digital inclusion of refugees: the NUM' R project is conducted on an interregional scale.
150 refugees have been welcomed, trained, and supported in 7 departments: Rhône, Isère, Loire, Haute-Loire, Ardèche, Vaucluse, Lozère in 2021
Residents participating in local eco-citizenship initiatives
- Saint-Didier-sur-Rochefort, CADA residents are part of the local group dynamics.
- The residents (421 of them in 2019) expressed interest in living in a healthy and ecological environment and this inspired many individual and collective initiatives with the CADA greatly contributing to: composting and organic permaculture, recycling waste and implementing pedestrian routes towards strategic places. All CADA residents are involved.
Work carried out around the recognition of human trafficking victims
Acknowledging the status of human trafficking victims is generally recognised by the OFPRA or by the National Court of Asylum or those who arrive at the HUDA Victoria, a specialised structure devoted to female victims of violence and human trafficking in the region of Grenoble. However, it is extremely important to prove that the victims have been isolated from the network. Unless this is proven, international protection is not granted.
Thereby, significant research is done by an expert team to provide evidence on this specific point. This includes several steps:
- Assistance in filing complaints with the police or forces (gendarmerie) and reporting violent actions, pimping or human trafficking. However, the procedure is long and complicated as most of the women who have been taken in by the HUDA were victims of human trafficking in European countries other than France, mainly in Italy. The police services with which we are in contact cannot carry out investigations when the events take place abroad. Letters of complaint are written and sent to the prosecutor. It is a major step in the asylum application but also, in the personal path with regards isolation from the network.
Working hand in hand with associations such as the Amicale du Nid and L’Appart who offer long term support to refugees hosted, and the Solenciel, an association that helps female victims of human trafficking to access employment