Geretteter blickt von der Reling aufs Meer. Er ist in eine graue Decke gewickelt und hält einen roten Becher in der Hand.
Max Cavallari / SOS Humanity

Protect & assist


on board

We provide the rescued people on board with clothing and food, as well as medical and psychological care. Furthermore, we identify special protection needs and communicate them to the respective agencies on land.

Our guiding principles

Do no harm!

We have a duty of care to the people we encounter in an emergency. A key element is to not cause further harm to these people and not to create new risks.

Putting people first

The people we rescue are at the center of our work. Their rights to participation and protection must be upheld in all areas of our work.

How are rescued people protected on board?

Protection in humanitarian action is about ensuring the safety and well-being of people affected by an emergency.

To do this, it is necessary to identify and consciously include specific needs and vulnerabilities of survivors (e.g. in terms of gender, age, disability and other relevant characteristics).

Eine gerettete Frau mit ihrem Kind im Schutzraum auf der Humanity 1
Nicole Thyssen / SOS Humanity

Exemplary protection measures

On board Humanity 1, the insurance of protection is implemented for example by a shelter only for women and children, as they are at risk of specific forms of violence. Neither male crew members nor male rescued persons have access.

Identified protection needs that cannot be adequately addressed on board are shared with organisations or specialised agencies ashore. In this way, we aim to ensure that people’s protection and rights are upheld once they arrive on land.

This includes, for example:

  • Protection of minors and children (e.g. identification and support of separated and unaccompanied minors / children).
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Protection of persons with disabilities
  • Family reunification

How will the crew be prepared?

Our international crew on board has many different skills and experiences. Many of them work on a voluntary basis. To ensure that everyone knows and complies with our protection standards, training takes place for all crew members on board.

Contents of the training include: Do-no-harm principle, basic humanitarian principles, data protection, reflection of one’s own positioning and training in psychological first aid.

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SOS Humanity e.V.
Postbox 440352
D-12003 Berlin
Phone +49 (0) 30 2352 5682


SOS Humanity e.V.

IBAN: DE 0410 0500 0001 9041 8451