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MARKING THE EUROPEAN DAY OF FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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On behalf of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS), we are pleased to inform You about the public promotion and presentation of the publications of the project „Development of Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina adapted to Children", supported by UNICEF and the Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With the aim of strengthening the activities of preventing violence against children and encouraging children and their families to contribute to the identification and reporting of cases of violence against children, IFS-EMMAUS, in cooperation with recognized experts in the area of prevention of violence against children and protection of children, prepared :

  • "Guidelines for dealing with violence against children in the digital environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina" intended for professionals working in this field;
  • Cartoon/story book "All you need to know about violence!" intended for children aged 6-11 years;
  • Online application "Be the Cyber Detective!" for use on social networks for children aged 12+.

Cartoon/story  book and online applications are especially tailored to the needs of children of the above mentioned ages, and handle various forms of violence: neglect of the child, physical, emotional, sexual and peer violence, and online violence or violence in a digital environment. By developing this specific form of violence within the Guidelines and developing specialized content for children, as well as by promoting the implementation of Guidelines in practice, the project contributes to strengthening the existing child protection system in BiH in order to adequately respond to all known forms of violence, exploitation and neglect of children.

Public promotion of publications and press conferences will take place on November 14, 2017, from 13:00 to 14:00h in the premises of the Networks Center (address: Skenderpašina 1, Sarajevo). Representatives of relevant institutions, international organizations and civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, experts in the mentioned area, children and youth, as well as representatives of the media were invited to participate in the event. The guests will be addressed by the representatives of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF, IFS-EMMAUS, as well as the experts who participated in the preparation of publications.

On October 18, 2017 At 11:00 am, at the Building of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, the Association International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina /Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings marked the European Anti-Trafficking Day.

A press conference was held in order to raise the awareness of the general public on the issue of trafficking in human beings (THB) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to prevent this problem, especially among children and youth, as well as cross-sectoral cooperation between relevant institutions and organizations in the field of combating trafficking in human beings.

Representatives of the Ministry of Security of BiH /Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, the Task Force for fight against trafficking in human beings and the International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS addressed the media.

The most frequent form of trafficking in human beings in our country is begging; except that, prostitution, labor exploitation, forced marriage, and smuggling of people are also very present, it is shown by the Ministry of Security data on the number of cases for this year. According to the collected data from the prosecution, law enforcement agencies, social welfare centers and non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the period January-June 2017, 50 potential victims of THB were identified, Stanislava Tanic, said the head of the Department for fight against trafficking in human beings of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IFS-EMMAUS specifically pointed out to the public the problem of unaccompanied minors, as particularly vulnerable categories and potential victims of trafficking in human beings, who are increasingly coming within immigration waves in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the problem of abuse and violence against children in the digital environment. Namely, according to the IFS-EMMAUS data, during this year (2017), IFS-EMMAUS took care of and assisted twenty-eight (28) unaccompanied minor illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Kosovo, Turkey and Slovenia, while in the previous two years, IFS-EMMAUS provided assistance for one minor migrant annually, said Elma Zahirovic on behalf of IFS-EMMAUS. She also stated that through the online SOS hotline for reporting abuse and violence against children in the digital environment, IFS-EMMAUS received over 670 reports on various forms of child abuse through information and communication technologies since 2010.

It was announced that IFS-EMMAUS sent a letter to all Ministries of Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the primary and secondary schools, inviting them to join the initiative and to mark the European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings, holding thematic classes on the subject of trafficking in human beings, announcing through a public announcing system or similar activities, and in this way contribute to preventing and raising the awareness of children and young people about these problems, more and more present in our society.

Within the regional project of the regional justice sector entitled "Strengthening Criminal Law Institutions and the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe", in the period from 24th-26th October, a regional workshop on the topic "Best Practices and Progress in the Fight Against Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings and the Field of Protection of Human Rights and Provision of Services to Victims" is being held in Importanne Resort, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The aim of this workshop is the development and implementation of the best regional practices and future steps that have been discussed at the first workshop held on May 31st in order to improve the responses to the challenges of smuggling and trafficking in human beings, family and gender-based violence, and the provision of services to victims.

At the workshop, each state delegation has 45 minutes to present its country's national report on the progress and challenges that they have encountered in dealing with the implementation of the above-mentioned activities. The national report for Bosnia and Herzegovina will be presented by the expert advisor of the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, Amela Efendic, on the second day of the workshop, October 25, 2017.

The Association International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, is marking this year’s European Day of Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

In order to raise awareness of the general public concerning the trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as of the prevention of this phenomenon, especially among children and adolescents, on October 18th, 2017 at 11:00 am, in the building of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hall 3 / II, (address: Trg BiH 1, Sarajevo), a press conference will be held in order to reflect the current situation and activities, and inter-sectoral cooperation of relevant institutions and organizations in the field of combating trafficking in human beings.

The speakers at the Press conference will be representatives of the Ministry of Security/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, the Task Force for the fight against trafficking in human beings, and the Cantonal Center for Social Work Sarajevo. The representatives of the association IFS-EMMAUS will also address to the attendees and present activities in this area. The public attention will be drawn to the problem of unaccompanied minors, as especially vulnerable category and potential victim of trafficking in human beings category, who in increasing numbers, through the immigration waves, is arriving to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the problem of abuse and violence against children in the digital environment.

Also, a letter was sent to all Ministries of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the primary and secondary schools, with an invitation to join the initiative and to mark the European Day Against Human Trafficking, to hold a themed lessons on trafficking in human beings, to give public announcement and/or similar activities.


The meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, entitled "Strengthening the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings in Crisis Situations in the Western Balkans", organized by IOM (International Organization for Migration) was held on October 6, 2017 at the Avala Hotel in Budva, Montenegro. Moderator of the meeting, Philip Ishola (IOM), after the welcome to the participants,  in the introductory words, outlined the objectives of this meeting, presenting the current national situation on CT (legal framework, policy, challenges) and expectations from project participants (tour de table) . At the meeting, the research was contextualized, where the project parameters, methodology, limitations encountered in these surveys (early findings) were presented, and early findings were presented in detail, where human impact, factors related to the three main domains: risks - trends - vulnerabilities, as well as factors within these three domains, were analysed.

Read more: The meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

The film is inspired by real characters from the award-winning book "Sex Trafficking" by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara.

Inspired by real characters from the award-winning book “Sex Trafficking” by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara, Will Wallace’s “Trafficked” follows a trio of intertwining stories about young women forced into the world of human, organ, drug, and gun trafficking. The film focuses on three girls — from America, Nigeria, and India — who, though horrific experiences in the trafficking world, end up as sex slaves in a Texas brothel.

Starring Ashley Judd, Anne Archer, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, Madison Wolfe, and Patrick Duffy, the film looks to cast a glaring light on the human trafficking trade, bolstered by fact-based reporting from Kara. The professor has been researching, writing, teaching, and advocating against modern slavery for nearly two decades, and the film is a continuation of that essential work.

Appropriately enough, the film will have a premiere and gala reception at the United Nations, hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) next month, before hitting limited release.

“Trafficked” will hold its premiere at the United Nations on October 5, followed by a limited theatrical release on October 6 and a wider roll-out on October 13. Check out our exclusive trailer for “Trafficked” below.

(Click to watch official trailer)

(Reference: www.indiewire.com)

 

 

The second day of the conference continued also with a joint plenary session where Federal prosecutor Hajrija Hadziomerovic-Muftic, who is also the moderator of the entire conference, invited representatives of organizations and projects that support the Symposium, to greet the participants and briefly present their organizations and projects they manage. After that, the panel work began, where professor Elmedin Muratbegovic, from the Criminal Justice Department of the FKKSS University in Sarajevo, spoke on Panel IV (Violence Against Children in Digital Environment) on the legislative framework with reference to national and international legislation and phenomenology of the criminal offense of Cyber Crime, then Samira Huncek, a representative of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who referred to institutional and referral mechanisms. Then,  Amela Efendic, a professional associate of MFS-EMMAUS and the manager of the Internet SOS line for reporting the inappropriate content of exploitation and abuse of children in a digital environment – Sigurno dijete,  gave a presentation on the action of the International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS, and then on reporting and analyzing cases of this criminal offense in BiH, presenting statistical data on the operation of the SOS line, and the efficiency of the same and procedural procedures they are achieved through. Afterwards, the participants interacted in the conclusions by asking questions to speakers and amongst each other, and some of the proposals are the ones that panel 4 moderator will present on a joint, last day of the conference, on Thursday, September 28, 2017.


The first day of the conference, Monday, September 25, 2017, was officially opened by the welcoming speech of the federal prosecutor Hajrija Hadziomerovic-Muftic, and the plenary continued with the presentation of the publications "How to Achieve Greater Efficiency, Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Recommendation "(Citizens' Forum Tuzla and USAID)," Handbook for the Treatment of Children Victims and Children Witnesses of Criminal Offenses "(UNICEF & CPRC), “Guidelines for professionals on Responding to Cases of Violence Against Children in Digital Environment (MFS-EMMAUS, UNICEF, European Union (DCI), "Handbook for Prosecutors for the Prosecution of Domestic Violence cases" (DCAF & Atlantic Initiative), "Violence Against Children Through Information and Communication Technologies - Teacher Training for Police Officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina" A Guide for Judges and Prosecutors on the Topic of High-tech Crimes and Protection of Minors in the Republic of Serbia "(Save the Children).

The International Forum of Solidarity, a participant and co-organizer of the Panel 4, will also, for the first time present a publication for professionals "Guidelines for Professionals on Responding to Cases of Violence Against Children in Digital Environment" to the expert public. This document, developed within the activities of the project "Development of Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina Adapted to Children", funded by UNICEF and implemented by IFS-EMMAUS, was created by a team of selected experts, and the final goal of this publication is to give a detailed explanation of the steps to professionals working in relevant institutions (schools, pedagogical institutes, ministries of education, etc.) of what should they do in cases of violence against children in the digital world, the phenomenology of this relatively new type of violence, and how to recognize and prevent the same.

The 10th Symposium of Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, jointly organized by the Association of Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Centers for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of FBiH and RS, the International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS, USAID, Save the Children, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, IOM, UNICEF, CPRC, and the US Embassy, will be held in the period from 25-28 September 2017 in Neum, BiH.

More than 170 participants - judges, prosecutors, representatives of state institutions, representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations will participate in a four-day conference, during which four separate panels will be held on topics of war crimes, organized crime and corruption, trafficking in human beings and violence against children in digital environment.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organised a two-day Conference within the project „Enhancing Counter Trafficking Crisis in the Western Balkans“, taking place in hotel Avaria in Budva, Montenegro on September 19-20, 2017. The main goal of the Conference was presenting good practices and exchange of experiences on culturally sensitive protection/treatment of victims of trafficking in human beings in mixed migration flows.

On the first day of the Conference, the participants, amongst whom Amela Efendic on behalf of the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, were introduced, approaches and experiences were exchanged (tour de table) and activities of the Project were presented by the project coordinator.

Following that, two presentations were held, one on victim centred approach, rights and needs of the victim of trafficking in human beings and other, on the topic of awareness of the impact of the trauma on the victim's attitude towards support and support providers.

After a coffee break, the NGO Atinas' experience on trafficking in human beings in the context of refugee and migration was shared with the participants and a victim centered approach regarding assisting humans in migration, as well as practical experiences regarding victims' experiences before, during and after the trip.

In the second part of the first day of the Conference, participants have also discussed the ecosystem p0erspective of the understanding of the THB victims' traumas, on skills of establishing contacts and communications with the victims (the ones NGO Atina applies). Also, one of the topics for discussion was the language barrier and the necessity of the adequate service of interpreting the communication with the victim of trafficking in human beings.

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