USI is a UK-based not for profit company whose purpose is to build a network of trade unions and progressive activists around the world and promote their causes through the use of new media. Together with Unite the Union, USI donated the seed funding that made the production of RUINS possible.
Revenue generated by RUINS will be allocated to support the various court cases in which the persecuted HIV-positive women are involved – whether to support their legal defence for those who still stand accused of wrongdoing, or to support the lawsuits some of them have filed against the Greek authorities.
USI reserves the right to spend a portion of the revenue generated by RUINS for costs directly related to the promotion of the documentary itself (i.e. printing posters, burning & sending DVDs etc.)
The Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants has provided pro bono legal assistance to the women who were arrested during the events described in RUINS. This consisted not only of supporting the women with legal counsel in the days following the arrests, during their pre-trial detention and during the trials themselves, but also of seeking redress and compensation for the human rights violations the women were subjected to.
• Twelve of the victims of the case have already filed lawsuits before the European Court of Human Rights, for inhuman and degrading treatment, consisting of a forced medical examination and the breach of medical confidentiality, illegal detention and violation of privacy and of the right to a fair trial.
• A lawsuit, co-signed by the persecuted women, the Solidarity Initiative for the Persecuted HIV-positive Women and the NGOs PRAKSIS, Act Up Hellas, Positive Voice and Centre for Life, has been filed against the doctors and police officers who carried out medical examinations in detention facilities, the leadership of the Hellenic Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Anti-Trafficking Department of the Directorate against Organized Crime in the Attica Police General HQ, who orchestrated the whole operation. The lawsuit is still pending at the stage of preliminary examination (the prosecutor will decide whether the case will be considered for trial).
• Some of the women who were acquitted have also filed applications for compensation for wrongful detention.
• Given the gravity of human rights violations against these women, the lawyers aim at supporting in every possible way those of the women who are still to stand trial, but also those among them who will choose to file for compensation for the public shaming they suffered and are still suffering, as their photos, even when they have been acquitted, remain posted on the internet.