Rescued people standing close together in a row.
More than 23.000 people lost their life in the Central Mediterranean Sea since 2014. It remains one of the world’s deadliest borders.      source: IMO

The crew of the Iuventa was conducting Search and Rescue operations during 2016 and 2017, until the ship was confiscated by Italian authorities on 2nd August 2017. On 4 March 2021, charges of “aiding and abetting unauthorised entry” were brought against 4 crew members and employees of 2 other NGOs. Two years of pre-trial proceedings followed with over 40 trial days. 


The verdict was finally delivered on 19.04.2024:

The charges were dropped on all aspects and against all defendants!

The rescue ship IUVENTA must be released and restored to the condition it was in prior to its seizure in August 2017!


Press release of defense team of iuventa-crew regarding the reasoning of the acquittal delivered by the Trapani Court:

May 21, 2024

Investigation into “deliveries by sea taxi” based on partial evidentiary context, uncertain data and distorted interpretations by investigating authorities.

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© iuventa crew
„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

It's not only about us! Read more about criminalisation of migration & solidarity

While it is us who to stand trial, we have our own accusation to levy:

  • We accuse European politics of actively violating the human rights of people on the move.
  • We accuse the EU of collaborating with authoritarian regimes that violate the human rights of migrants such as Libya, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.
  • We accuse the EU of aiding and abetting the criminalisation and imprisonment of people on the move


The racist border regime’s violence and arbitrary criminalisation is the crime.


Migration is not a crime.


Solidarity at sea is not a crime.
Help us prove that in court.