Life Beyond the Shelter

In October 2019 Payoke has launched “Life Beyond the Shelter” (LIBES), an EU funded project aiming to ensure positive long-term integration for third-country national victims of trafficking in the host society by reinforcing support in the transition from shelter life to independence.

Whereas in virtually every Member State there is a support system in place providing for the immediate and short-term needs of victims, longer-term assistance can be a challenge. Short-term assistance alone is generally insufficient to support integration. Once victims leave the shelter, they are on their own, coping with multiple tasks and trying to move on with their lives, often in a country foreign to them and with modest language skills. In this phase, shelters and social services strive to continue to provide help, often in the form of outpatient care, but they hardly have the resources to ensure close and comprehensive follow-up.

LIBES is implemented by five victims support organizations: Payoke and CAW from Belgium, On the Road from Italy, Fundacio’ Surt from Spain and Solwodi from Germany.

For more information, see Libes website  or please contact us at

Project results to date:

“A World I Can Trust” The needs of third-country national victims of trafficking transitioning from shelter to independent living EN FR NL DE IT ES 

Gids met diensten voor integratie van kwetsbare derdelanders NL 

Diensten -Antwerpen en omgeving NL 

“Living on your own” – A printable vademecum with practical tips for people moving out of the shelter EN 

Tools for setting up and operating a mentoring program for survivors of human trafficking: E-mentoring tips EN