All-Ukrainian Charity «Child Well-being Fund Ukraine» (www.childfund.org.ua) has been working in Ukraine since 1997. During 1997 – 2006 it has operated under the name of Christian Children’s Fund, Ukraine, being a member of the international organization CCF Inc.) Christian Children’s Fund with the headquarter in USA (Richmond).
For the period of its existence the Fund has implemented more than 80 projects and become one of the leaders in the sphere of development and implementation of innovations into social work, enhancing partnership and mobilizing community resources to ensure the best interests of children, youth, families, communities.
The Ministry of Justice is a non- profit public organization. One of the objectives of the Directorate responsible for the actions taken, is the prevention of juvenile criminality and the penitentiary treatment of minors together with other activities that focus on the implementation of penalties through the juvenile juridical system, the functioning of prisons and the ex offenders social integration.
The International Center
for Women’s Rights Protection and Promotion “La Strada”(Moldova) (www.lastrada.md) is a NGO working in Moldova
since 2001 being also a member of “La Strada” International Association. The
main directions of activity are prevention of trafficking in human beings,
prevention of domestic violence and prevention of child sexual commercial
exploitation. The main target groups covered are risk groups such as women and
children vulnerable to violence and exploitation, persons who have suffered
from trafficking especially women, children vulnerable/who have suffered from
various forms of sexual abuse or exploitation, women who have suffered from
gender-based/domestic violence but also professional groups, state officials,
and international community. For the period of its existence “La Strada”
identified and facilitated access to assistance to more than 800 victims of
trafficking and more than 3000 victims of domestic violence.
The Hellenic Police assumed its present structure in 1984 when the Gendarmerie and the Urban Police Forces were merged (Law 1481/1-10-1984, Government Gazette 152 A). Hellenic Police (Elliniki Astynomia) is a Law Enforcement Agency according to the Law nr. 2800/2000 and its mission is to:
Police is comprised of both central and regional Services. Hellenic Police`s
headquarters is the supreme authority over these Services. Its efforts center
on the fulfillment of the Force`s mission, within the framework of the Ministry
of Interior`s policy. For this reason it schedules, directs, oversees and
monitors the activities of its Services, and it ensures the necessary
conditions for the exercise of its authority.
In its continuous mission to serve and protect citizens, Hellenic Police has responded to our times` demands and challenges by improving training, adopting a modern crime prevention policy, better utilizing science and technology and by exploiting international law enforcement cooperation.
Nadja Centre was established in 1995 in order to respond to the increasing violence against women and children as a psycho-social centre, and it was founded as a NGO in 1998 with the main goal to protect and prevent victims from violence (domestic violence, trafficking in persons, etc.) providing them professional help and support. Special programmes are dedicated to children at risk (child sexual abuse and neglect, children-refugees, missing children). The organisation realise its projects in partnership with institutions, local authorities and other organisations.
The National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, as component part of the Ministry of Administration and Interior, is a specialized structure responsible for co-coordinating, evaluating and monitoring at national level the implementation of anti-trafficking and victims’ protection and assistance policies by public institutions.
The Agency also operates as a bridge between the trafficked victims and the law enforcement organizations as well as between authorities and the national NGOs providing services in this area.
The Agency cooperates with Romanian and foreign non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations in order to raise the public awareness on human trafficking and its consequences.
15 regional centers under the Agency direct subordination monitor the anti-trafficking activities performed in their areas of responsibilities.
The National Agency against Trafficking in Persons has the following main responsibilities:
• to coordinate and monitor the activities carried out at national level with a view to collect, store, process, analyze and disseminate data on the circumstances of trafficked victims, assistance provided to them and their social reintegration;
• to take part in setting up indicators and benchmarks to assess the size and characteristics of the human trafficking process;
• to analyze the trafficking phenomenon in terms of etiology, structure and dynamics based on the Agency’s own resources as well as information supplied by competent structures with responsibilities in the field;
• to centralize and evaluate quarterly or whenever needed all data provided by authorities, institutions and organizations engaged in reducing the trafficking in persons phenomenon along with the victim protection and assistance service providers;
• to draw up assessment reports and submit them to higher command levels within the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police, the Ministry of Administration and Interior and the Romanian Government;
• to monitor the operation of victim assistance centers in accordance with the national standards for specialized protection and assistance services granted to victims of trafficking;
• to monitor the national NGOs receiving funds within the National Interest Program and the implementation of the program aimed at providing assistance to trafficked victims;
• to refer Help-line callers to competent institutions with responsibilities in the field of human trafficking and offer counseling to victimized callers or suspected trafficking victims in crisis situations;
• to carry out activities to design, assess and bring to date the logical and operational architecture of the national database on victims of trafficking as well as the applications of electronic data processing by complying with the standards of confidentiality and personal data protection.
Within the “Coordination of victim-witness in trial” Project implemented by the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, the regional centers personnel ensure the coordination of victims who decide to take part in the trial.
The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings was established by virtue of the Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Act (CTHBA, 2003). It determines and administers the implementation of the national policy and strategy in the area of combating trafficking in human beings. The National Commission under the Council of Ministers organises and coordinates the interaction between separate institutions and organisations executing the Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Act. It works to prevent trafficking in human beings and to protect, assist and reintegrate victims of trafficking.
The National Commission develops annually a National Programme for Prevention and Counteraction of Trafficking in Human Beings and Protection of the Victims, which is approved by the Council of Ministers. It also researches, analyses and reports data on human trafficking. It carries out awareness and education campaigns aimed at potential victims of trafficking and/or the general public. It supervises the activities of the Local Commissions for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, which until the mid of 2014 are 9 all over the country. Under the umbrella of the NCCTHB there are two shelters for women victims of human trafficking, which are run by partnering nongovernmental organizations with long-term experience in the sphere. The National commission actively contributes to international cooperation for prevention and counteraction of human trafficking.The National commission is the coordinator of the National mechanism for referral and support of trafficked persons in Bulgaria. The mechanism is developed within the framework of a MATRA (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) funded project and implemented by the Animus Association Foundation/ La Strada Bulgaria in partnership with the NCCTHB (2010).
NGO ASTRA is dedicated to the eradication of all forms of human trafficking, especially in women and children. Our goal is to reduce this specific form of violence through prevention, institutional awareness raising and direct victim assistance. Apart from providing direct help to trafficking survivors, ASTRA is committed to prevention and education, networking, advocacy, research and reporting on the issue of human trafficking.
The first and only SOS Helpline in Serbia 011/785000 specialized for the issue of human trafficking was launched by ASTRA in 2002. So far, more than 20000 calls were received and 444 victims identified via the SOS helpline. Other means of support available in ASTRA include legal and psychological assistance and counseling, the organization of accommodation in the shelter for human trafficking victims and accompanying victims through legal proceedings and the social reintegration process.
In order to secure adequate treatment of victims and foster prevention and efficient fight against trafficking, ASTRA has organized numerous trainings for police officers, psychotherapists, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, representatives from social welfare centers, foster parents, etc.
In 2012 ASTRA introduced harmonized European Number for Missing Children in Serbia 116-000, thus broadening organization’s scope of work.
For more information visit ASTRA's website www.astra.rs.
Save the Children Romania is a national non-governmental organization, established in April 1990, whose purpose has been since then to promote, defend and monitor children’s rights in Romania, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It carries out programmes within its 12 local branches and Bucharest and it is mainly based on the volunteer activity of its 6,000 members who actively support it.
Salvati Copiii’s programmes address to all children, but the organization’s activity focuses mainly on the most vulnerable groups of children: working street children, abused, trafficked and neglected children, children without a proper parental care, Rroma children, etc. Throughout the years, the organization has developed educational programmes, protection, social and medical assistance programmes, at the same time stimulating children’s participation in activities of promotion and recognition of their rights; over 750,000 children have been involved in its activities.
An important component of its identity is represented by advocacy and lobby activities, mobilizing the civil society leaders and carrying out awareness raising campaigns, in order to change for the better the lives of children.
It is a member of Save the Children International, the world’s largest independent organization for the promotion of children’s rights, including 30 members and conducting programmes in more than 120 countries around the world.
Mission of the Southeastern European Center for Missing and Exploited Children (SEEC) is to generate co-operative actions, improving, sharing and expanding best practices between all relevant stakeholders from Southeastern Europe in order to efficiently combat the growing problem of missing and exploited children.
SEEC’s key objectivesin addressing the specific needs of the Southeastern European region are:
In the focus of SEEC activities are the following countries: Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Cyprus, Slovenia and Greece.
SELEC’s mission is to provide support for Member States and enhance coordination in preventing and combating crime, including serious and organized crime, where such crime involves or appears to involve an element of trans-border activity.
Cooperation with SELEC is available to any State or international organization, which has a particular interest in law enforcement cooperation in this region.
The States or international organizations could obtain the Observer status in SELEC, which gives them the possibility to receive strategic information and also to participate in SELEC’s different meetings, trainings or seminars.
The States or international organizations which choose to become Operational Partners to SELEC shall have the right to participate in operational activities and to exchange personal or classified data and information. The Operational Partners shall have the possibility to participate in all meetings organized by SELEC, to be involved closely in all the activities and to benefit directly from the cooperation with the Center.
12 MEMBER STATES
Republic of Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Bulgaria
Republic of Croatia
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Moldova
Republic of Serbia
Republic of Turkey
HOW THE CENTER WORKS
The Member States appoint their Liaison Officers from Police and Customs authorities in SELEC Headquarters. These Liaison Officers posted by Member States daily meet and work together and develop their activity in a secure environment.
The Liaison Officers are supported by 12 National Focal Points established in each Member State. The Liaison Officers stay in a permanent contact with the National Focal Points’ representatives and all competent national authorities of the Member States, in order to fulfill their specific tasks and ensure a competitive and productive level of cooperation.
SELEC provides the proper legal framework for all types of cooperation in the law enforcement area:
Society Kljuc – Center for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings is a non-governmental humanitarian organization, which offers different forms of assistance to victims of trafficking, male and female, and works in extensive preventive activities in order to fight the trafficking in Slovenia.
Society Kljuc is a part of interdepartmental working group, which aims to develop tools and measures to successfully overcome the problematic of THB.
Currently, we are carrying out several preventive and curative projects – by co-funding of Norway grants we are preparing extensive preventive activities, aiming and young people and children, to teach them how to avoid traps of THB. As part of project VICTOR our aim is to offer the info-desks to all, potential and actual victims and also professional public regarding the problematic of trafficking in children. City Municipality of Ljubljana is currently co-funding two projects, one for young people about non-violence, which includes also awareness raising campaign in the week of fight against THB (around October 17th), and a project Complete care of victims of THB, including shelter, reintegration programme and other different forms of assistance. Ministry of Interior is co-funding project Safe placement for victims of THB.
Society Kljuc is also a part of EU Anti-trafficking platform.
Terre des hommes' Regional Office for Central and South Eastern Europe promotes services that ensure that the rights of children are respected, protected and fulfilled – and the best interests of the child prevail. Services should be available in the children’s countries of origin as well as in countries of transit and destination, i.e. through the whole path of the possible movement of the children. The double mandate of the Regional office in Budapest is therefore to assist the work of the Tdh Delegations in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova and Romania and to enhance Tdh regional advocacy based on lessons learnt from the field. The final aim of the office is that children in situations of vulnerability access minimum standards of services at national and transnational levels.
"The Smile of the Child" is a Greek NGO for children and families at risk and has been active in the field of children's rights and protection since 1996. "The Smile of the Child" offers today a wide-spectrum of services and implements various initiatives on a 24/7 basis with the aim to ensure children's welfare and well-being.
Over 18 years of continuous work in Greece,the organization has developed a significant know-how in the field of children's rights protection, shares its important knowledge and best practices with international organizations and networks and coordinates important projects in different areas of children's protection field.
"The Smile of the Child" enjoys today Special Consultative Status at UN ECOSOC, is included in UNODC NGO database and participates as a member to the International Center of Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), to the Missing Children Europe (MCE), to Eurochild, to Child Helpline International (CHI) and to the European Federation for Street Children (EFSC).