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In case when application for a cash benefit does not include members of the immediate family, foreigner files:

  • A motion filled in according to instruction in the application for a cash benefit; the application must be filled in Polish, clearly, in capitals;
  • A certified copy of the entirety of a valid identity document (foreing passport or travel document), on the basis of which the entry into the territory of Poland took place;
  • Documents which confirm residence in Poland, for example: confirmation of registration for a temporary stay, lease agreement, employment contract or employment certificate, insurance for work performed, documents which confirm conducting economic activity, certificate of continuing education, diplomas and school-leaving certificates in the territory of Poland, confirmation of having a bank account, a document confirming the sale of the property (houses, flats).
  • Confirmation of payment of the stamp duty for issuing the decision on the cash benefit in the amount of 10 zł at the counter of the Municipal Office in Olsztyn, Jana Pawła II sq. 1 or for the account of Municipal Office in Olsztyn, number: 63 1020 3541 0000 5002 0290 3227, title: “fee for the decision to grant a cash benefit - Polish Card”

In case when the application for granting a cash benefits includes members of the immediate family who residence in Poland with the proponent, i.e. spouse or minor children under parental responsibility of the proponent or their spouse, foreigner files:

  • A motion filled in according to instruction in the application for a cash benefit; the application must be filled in Polish, clearly, in capitals;
  • A certified copy of the entirety of a valid identity document (foreing passport or travel document), on the basis of which the entry into the territory of Poland took place;
  • A certified copy of the entirety of a valid identity document which confirm identity of every immediate family member of the proponent (foreing passport or travel document), on the basis of which the entry into the territory of Poland took place;
  • Current copies of marital status records of the members of the immediate family which determine degree of kinship or indicating a marriage with the proponent, i.e. marriage certificate, birth certificates;
  • Documents which confirm residence in Poland, for example: confirmation of registration for a temporary stay, lease agreement, employment contract or employment certificate, insurance for work performed, documents which confirm conducting economic activity, certificate of continuing education, diplomas and school-leaving certificates in the territory of Poland, confirmation of having a bank account, a document confirming the sale of the property (houses, flats);
  • Documents which confirm residence of immediate family members with the proponent in Poland, for example: confirmation of registration for a temporary stay, lease agreement, employment contract or employment certificate, insurance for work performed, documents which confirm conducting
    economic activity, certificate of continuing education, diplomas and school-leaving certificates in the territory of Poland, confirmation of having a bank account, a document confirming the sale of the property (houses, flats);
  • Confirmation of payment of the stamp duty for issuing the decision on the cash benefit in the amount of 10 zł at the counter of the Municipal Office in Olsztyn, Jana Pawła II sq. 1 or for the account of Municipal Office in Olsztyn, number: 63 1020 3541 0000 5002 0290 3227, title: “fee for the decision to grant a cash benefit - Polish Card”


Source: https://www.gov.pl/web/uw-warminsko-mazurski/karta-polaka

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery and serious crime which infringes basic human rights sharply, it is about abusing another person, even voluntarily, by th use of particular methods and measures. It is a crime against the inalienable right of every human to dignity which is entrenched by
many border agreements and also by the Constitution of Poland. However, this right is being broken globally. Women and men, adults and children, all of them fall prey to human trafficking every year. Human trafficking is a phenomenon which is changing dynamically. Its exacerbation was observed in
Poland in the beginning of the 90s. Currently Poland is not only a country of the victims’ origin but a transit country for victims which are imported from Eastern to Western Europe and also the target country, mostly for the victims which are abused sexually, for prostitution or in the forced labour. The
definition of human trafficking is mentioned in the article 115 § 22 of the statute of the 6th of June 1997 from the penal code, according to which, the human trafficking is a levying, transporting, supplying, storage or filiating a person by the use of:

  1. violence or threat
  2.  kidnapping
  3. deception
  4. misinformation or making someone unable of understanding their action properly
  5. abuse of the relationship of dependence, exigency or helplessness
  6. giving or receiving material or personal benefit or its promise to the person which has custody
    of another person, to abuse them, even voluntarily, especially in case of prostitution, pornography or different form of sexual abuse, forced labour, mendicancy, slavery or different forms of humiliation and also to source cells, tissues or organs against the regulations of the law. If the victim is the minor, it is human trafficking even if the above methods or measures (1-6) were not used.


Culprits of human trafficking in Poland are sentenced to at least three years detention (article 189a of the penal code), so it is a crime. As a matter of high degree of social noxiousness of an act, preparation to commit this felony is also indictable (3 months to 5 years detention).


Human trafficking is a crime:


— of abusing another human
— which infringes human’s dignity and freedom
— which is often committing by the use of physical and psychological abuse
— which causes serious mental effect of the victim
— even if it is voluntary
— which EVERYONE can be prey to!!!


Characteristics of human trafficking phenomenon:


vulnerable groups:


— minors (children and teenagers)
— people who have life difficulties
— people who look for a job abroad (without knowledge of language, law and the culture in a country when they have arrived)
— EVERYONE!!!


Forms of abuse:


— forced labour
— sexual abuse and forced prostitution
— forced mendicancy
— forcing to commit crimes
— domestic slavery
— child trafficking
— traffic in human organs


Website about counteracting the human trafficking


It is a news website of the Ministry of the Interior, which you can read in two languages — Polish and English. You can find there information about counteracting the human trafficking, protection and support for the victims, institutional structures, etc. Furthermore, there is a comprehensive knowledge base which includes legal acts aligning problematic of human trafficking, statistics, publications and more.


Links to the website:


https://handelludzmi.eu/hl – Polish version
https://handelludzmi.eu/hle – English version


The National Consulting and Intervention Center


It was created within realisation of “National Trail against Human Trafficking” and it is funded by the Ministry of the Interior. The major tasks of the National Consulting and Intervention Center are primarily: identification of the human trafficking’s victims, intervention, running shelters for the
victims, comprehensive support for the victims (accommodation, health care, psychological help and legal consultation), preventive counseling and consultations for institutions and oranisations. The center is also running circadian helpline for the victims and witnesses of the human trafficking.


Contact with the National Consulting and Intervention Center:


phone number: 22 628 01 20
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: www.kcik.pl


Rights of the victims of the human trafficking - also available in attached bills (languages versions: Russian, Romanian, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, English, Bulgarian, Chinese)
Source: https://handelludzmi.eu/hl/o-handlu-ludzmi/informacje-dla-ofiar

If you feel abused or endangered by culprits of human trafficking you have a right to receive help from National Consulting and Intervention Center for Polish and foreign victims of human trafficking, which is running by non-governmental organisation. Within National Consulting and Intervention
Center you will receive free consultation about your situation and due rights. You can talk about your situation with the worker of National Consulting and Intervention Center by calling this number:
22/628 01 20.


National Consulting and Intervention Center will provide you safe shelter and basic needs (clothes, food, hygiene products). If it’s necessary, it will also provide you free specialistic help (for example, judicial assistance or psychological help).


You don’t have to report it to the police or border patrol. You can ALWAYS check in with National Consulting and Intervention Center and talk about your situation.


However, if you report it to the police or border patrol and you will be presumed as a victim of human trafficking, you also have a right to receive social service. Within social service you can receive: accommodation, alimentation, clothes, footwear and necessary hygiene products. Social worker will
also help you with receiving a small financial support for basic needs (for example: pharmaceuticals).


It concerns ONLY minors (people below the age of 18)!


If you are under the age of 18, you have a right to receive a safe shelter and an attendant who will be able to communicate with you in the language which is understandable for you. The attendant will keep you up-to-date with your situation and the rights which you owed. If necessary, court of
domestic relations will appoint you a curator to represent and accompany you while contacting with the prosecutor, police or border patrol.


As a matter of you being a minor you may not be interrogated at all. However, if your deposition will come out to be really important for the prosecutor, you can be interrogated in a friendly environment for you (for example, in so-called “friendly room”), directly in front of a judge with a company of a
psychologist and your representative. During this kind of hearing the suspect is not there, your deposition will be record and repeat during the court case.


What is more, if your residence in Poland is illegal, you can take advantage of your “time to think” (see below), which, in your case, lasts 4 months.


It concerns ONLY people who are NOT citizens of Poland!


What is more, if you are a foreigner which is identified as a victim of human trafficking by police or border patrol and you reside in Poland illegally, you also have a right to have a “time to think”. “Time to think” is a 3 months period, during which you reside in Poland legally and you can decide if you
want to cooperate with the police or border patrol with prosecuting the culprits. Within the “time to think” you will receive certificate which confirm that you are identified as a victim of human trafficking. You will receive it from the police or border patrol officer. Due to the certificate you will be able to stay in Poland for 3 months without concern of being banished. If you reside in a guarded centre or in an arrest for foreigners, you will be freed.


ATTENTION: the certificate does not give authority to cross the borders or to take up employment.


If you do not need the “time to think” and you decide to cooperate with police or border patrol immediately or you will make this decision during your “time to think”, you can take advantage of right of legal residence. Then, you need to file a claim to the voivod to receive a permit to temporary
residence for victims of human trafficking. If you will need some help, the worker of National Consulting and Intervention Center can help you fill and file a claim in a proper place. This permit gives you authority to, incl:


● legal residence in Poland for at least 6 months (with an opportunity to extend this period)
● exemption from guarded centre or from an arrest for foreigners - if you reside in them
● social service
● employment in Poland without necessity of owning labour permit
● take up learning in public schools for adults
Permit to temporary residence for victims of human trafficking appertains to you only if you satisfy
all undermentioned conditions:
● you reside in Poland
● you cooperate with police, border patrol or prosecutor's office
● you will sever all your relations with the culprits of human trafficking


If you will be presumed a victim of human trafficking by the police or border patrol and you need
help, you also have a right to take advantage of “Assistance and preservation programme for
victims/witnesses of human trafficking”. The programme is running by non-governmental
organisation, which will help you in your situation. Within the programme you will receive: safe
accommodation, eatables, hygiene products, psychological support, expounder’s help, judicial
assistance and medical assistance (if needed).


You can take advantage of the programme providing that:


● you will contact the police or border patrol and you will be presumed a victim of human
trafficking. However, you do not have to testify or report the crime immediately.
● you will commit yourself not to contact the culprit voluntarily
If you will take a part in the programme, police or border patrol officer will send your registration to
the programme and contact you with proper non-governmental organisation.
If you want to come back home, you can always take advantage of International Organization for
Migration’s help (IOM). As a person presumed a victim of human trafficking by the police or border
patrol you have a right to receive help in organisation of your voluntary return. IOM will provide you:
● reliable information about your return
● necessary travel documents
● safe travel to home (or other place designated by you, in which you have a right of residence).


IOM can also offer you help after your return in your country of origin, for example: by giving you financial support for medical treatment or study.
If you will file a deposition and the prosecutor will grant you a legal status of a victim of human trafficking, then as a matter of conducted investigation you have:


1. right to hold back the information about your place of residence from culprits and their advocates. Your residential address will be known only by the prosecutor and the judge. If you want to benefit by this right, you need to:


— report it to the prosecutor
— file a proper claim - in this case you can receive help from the non-governmental organisations or prosecutor
— give another, public forwarding address


2. right to the plenipotentiary who will represent and accompany you in front of the prosecutor and the judge. The plenipotentiary is appointed free, providing that you will file a claim in this case and indicate that you can not pay them by yourself.
3. right to demand the redress damage which was inflicted to you by the culprits. If you will decide to benefit by this right, inform the prosecutor about it. They will append your petition to the case records and give it over to the court. The court will take a decision upon a motion.
Regardless of that, you can also demand a claim bond, which is protection of the assets’ part of the culprit so they could give you compensation later.
4. right to adjustment (WARNING: this right only concern the citizens of Poland and other citizens of the European Union) appertains you if the culprit crippled you deeply or caused your chronic condition and only if you did not receive any other compensation for it before. If you will decide to benefit by this right, the worker of the National Consulting and Intervention Center for the Victims of Trafficking may give you a contact to the lawyer who will help you with this case.
5. right to act in the capacity of auxiliary prosecutor. As an auxiliary prosecutor you can attend every court case, file the evidential requests (for example: demand hearing of the person designated by you), ask the questions to the people who are interrogated, appeal from a court’s judgment (according to the court’s caution). If you will decide to be an auxiliary prosecutor, inform the prosecutor about it.
6. right to give evidence in absence of a respondent, if you are afraid of their presence. If you want to benefit by this right, inform the prosecutor about it as soon as possible. It is necessary to file a proper claim in this case and indicate why you can not testify in the presence of the defendant.


As an injured person you also have some duties. The most important of them are:


1. to appear at every call of the police, the border patrol, the prosecutor or the court
2. to tell the truth and not to dissimulate it
3. to give the prosecutor and the judge your current accommodation address
4. to cooperate with the prosecutor, for example by giving your prints or photographs of you (but only when the prosecutor or the court will consider it as necessary for the evidentiary material)


Sources:


https://handelludzmi.eu/hl/o-handlu-ludzmi/informacje-dla-ofiar/6671,Prawa-ofiar-handlu-ludzmi.html


National Consulting and Intervention Center for the Victims of Trafficking


http://www.kcik.pl/