Ensuring Privacy and Identity of Victims
Drafters should ensure that special provisions for the protection of trafficking victim’s privacy and identity are included in the law. Such protections should include:
- The processing, storage and use of personal data exclusively for the purposes for which they were compiled according to existing laws and regulations;
- Protocols for the sharing of information between agencies involved in the victim identification and assistance with full respect for the protection of privacy of the victim;
- The confidentiality of information exchanged between a victim and professional providing medical, psychological, legal or other assistance services shall be confidential and shall not be exchanged with third persons without the consent of the victim;
- Interviews with the victim during court proceedings should be conducted with respect for the victim’s privacy and away from the public and media;
- The confidentiality of the results of medical examinations of the victim and their use only for criminal investigation and prosecution; and
- The prohibition against public disclosure or publication of the victim’s name, address, or other identifying information including photographs.
(See: UNODC Model Law Against Trafficking in Persons, Art. 25, 2009; Polaris Project Model Comprehensive State Legislation to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 3.6, 2006; State Model Law on Protection for Victims of Human Trafficking, Division D, Section 4, 2005)
Órdenes de protección, órdenes de alejamiento y otros mandamientos judiciales
See Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault sections of this Knowledge Module.