When people were drowning in the Mediterranean we knew we had to act. So we went out to sea and saved more than 14,000 lives. But we were forced to stop when Italian authorities seized our ship, the Iuventa. Now we are being accused for “aiding illegal immigration”. We risk 20 years in prison.

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Although we have to stand trial, it is we who accuse Europe. We accuse European politicians of turning their backs on people in need. We accuse the EU of collaborating with regimes that violate human rights.
Solidarity at sea is not a crime. Help us prove that in court and contribute to our legal costs now!
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„This trial is not just about us. All across Europe, people are being prosecuted for handing out food, giving shelter, saving lives. I stand by my actions. How can solidarity be a crime?“

Sascha · Head of Mission IUVENTA. Find out more about criminalisation

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Italian prosecutor presses charges against the Iuventa crew

March 4, 2021

++ Italian prosecutor presses charges against Search and Rescue Crew from the Mediterranean Sea ++ The crew of the Iuventa risk up to 20 years in jail ++ The Prosecutor of Trapani officially charged 21 individuals and 3 organisations of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. ++ Lawyers are awaiting full case file ++ This is a political declaration of intent to criminalise solidarity, and it has a deadly consequence: people die, when they could be saved ++

Meet Laura, our rescue boat team leader. Over the course of four missions, she distributed more than 5,000 life jackets to people in distress. The fact that she can’t go out to sea during this ongoing lawsuit, is what frustrates her the most. “The situation in the Mediterranean is not a natural catastrophe. It is a political disaster that people are drowning there.”
We are not simply fighting a case in court. We are on a mission to fight for solidarity in Europe. And to do so, we need your support! Sign up for regular updates, let us raise our voices and take action together!
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