The Categorical Accommodation and Assistance for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings (COSM) provides victims of human trafficking with safe accommodation to remove them from their exploitative situation. COSM was launched in 2010 by the Dutch Government and has some 70 shelter locations.
What can COSM do to help?
Non-Dutch adult victims of human trafficking and their children may be offered shelter at COSM, regardless of gender and the nature of the exploitation. The COSM will assess the needs of the victims as well as the way that it can contribute to the investigation and prosecution of the suspect(s).
To be placed in the COSM, the victim must be in their reflection period. During this reflection period, victims have three months to consider whether they wish to report human trafficking offences. The individual in question may not have had a previous asylum procedure pending. Victims that do not meet these requirements are generally placed in women’s shelters or social care. Following a stay at the COSM, victims of human trafficking will be transferred to women’s shelters, social care or independent accommodation, or they might return to their country of origin.
How do I get in touch with COSM?
The COSM is carried out by Humanitas PMW, HVO Querido/ACM and Jade Zorggroep. These organisations can be contacted as follows:
Humanitas Prostitution Social Work (PMW)
Contact Humanitas by phone on +31 10 236 52 12 between 09:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Humanitas, please visit www.humanitaspmw.org.
Please call HVO Querido/ACM on +31 20 626 38 00 or on +31 6 1059 9458, or send an email to email@example.com. For more information about HVO Querido/ACM, please visit www.hvoquerido.nl/acm.
Services provided by COSM
- Medical assistance
- Mental health support
- Financial support
- Assistance in finding accommodation
- Assistance in finding employment/daily activities
- Social/practical support