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Bihac BiH: 11 Turkish citizens discovered during an illegal border crossing

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Search for a woman from photograph that deeply disturbed citizens of Sarajevo: She is holding a suspicious tissue over baby’s mouth and nose

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30th July - World Day against Trafficking in Human Persons

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Trafficked fishermen appeal case dismissal

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Six child labourers rescued

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Europol: 107 arrested in Europe-wide human trafficking probe

The European Union’s Law Enforcement Agency,Europol, on Monday said 107 people have been arrested as part of a Europe-wide investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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European Resource Center


Given the need to create a curriculum for the police academy, the Ministry of Security of BiH, in cooperation with Save the Children, develops project activities with the aim of improving the knowledge of police officers regarding child abuse issues through information-communication technologies and with the aim of mapping the existing capacities for establishing effective systems for combating sexual violence on the internet and other forms of child abuse on the Internet.

In order to implement these activities, Training of Trainers (ToT) was planned and organized for the period 07. - 09. August 2017, at hotel Lavina, in Jahorina, where Amela Efendić, IFS - Emmaus Expert Advisor, EURC CEO and Manager of BiH Internet hotline for the reporting of online child abuse and exploitation, will attend. The primary objective of this module is to improve the knowledge of officials representing a group of educated and certified persons, who would further systematically be able to improve knowledge in the given field.

As part of the same activity, another module is planned to be held for 28-30. August 2017, also at hotel Lavina, in Jahorina.


Day 2:

On the second day of the workshop, participants have worked on real life Cyber crime case studies.

Day 2:

Case studies

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina works alongside domestic institutions to enhance the legislative and institutional framework for the prevention and prosecution of trafficking in human beings. More specifically, the Mission is a partner to the Strike Force for Combating Traficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration.

(Reference: OSCE BiH)

"The Observers" is educational film aimed at raising awareness and preventing trafficking in human beings.

Final Conference "Achievements and Next Steps" in the project „Promoting a Victim Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina“, implemented by the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch Helsinki Committee, will be held on Monday, July 3rd, 2017, in the Hotel Sarajevo, Sarajevo.

The conference will be officially opened by H.E. Mr. Jurriaan Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of the Sarajevo Office, International Solidarity Forum-EMMAUS, and will  officially begin by signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Dutch Judicial Academy / Center for Training and Judicial Studies SSR) and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in Republika Srpska. The Memorandum will be signed by Mr. Remco van Tooren, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Dutch Judicial Academy; Mr. Arben Murtezic, Director of the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; And Mr. Tomislav CaviC, Director of Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska.

Exhibitors are appreciated by experts from the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina: judges, prosecutors and human rights activists, and the conference will be attended by members of the project group of educators in the judiciary for trafficking in human beings and representatives of the State Task Force in the fight against trafficking in human beings, as well as the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in BiH, of the Dutch Judicial Academy , of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, of the Ministry of Security of BiH / Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of BiH and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska, of the OSCE Mission in BiH, of IFS-EMMAUS, and other guests.

Today, June th 2017 at 10.00 am, at the Ministry of communications and transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially presented brochure/ comic "Stories from the Internet".

On this occasion, the partners signed a Letter of Intent, and the attendees were addressed by Ismir Jusko, Minister of communications and transport; H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo office of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS.

An electronic version of the brochure in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language is available on the following websites:, and

Brochures in English, German, Italian, French, Romansh, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages are available for download on Downloading the Swiss and BiH version of the brochure will be possible for all of those who want to promote, use and/or distribute it, free of charge.

For download click here.

On May 31, 2017, a training on the topics of „Strengthening Penal Institutions and Laws in Middle and Eastern Europe“ and „European Directives and Best Practices for Human Rights Protection and Providing Assistance to Victims” within the „Regional Justice Sector Project“ has officially been opened.

Event has been organised by U.S Department of Justice / Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (US DOJ OPDAT), U.S. Department of State / Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affaires, and Ministry of Justice of Republic of Croatia.

Ms Beth Sreenan, on behalf of US DOJ OPDAT, welcomed and introduced distinguished guests, followed by opening speeches of Ms Julieta Valls Noyes, the ambassador of the USA in Croatia, and Mr Kristijan Turkalj, Secretary of State Ministry of Justice of Republic Croatia.

The main goal of the training is to introduce the participants to European standards for victims, and teach and accept them as a model in procedures of the best practices for human rights protection and providing assistance to the victims.

Participants are respected professionals from the region, representatives of relevant institutions and organizations active in the fight against human trafficking and providing protection to victims of trafficking, as well as International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS representative, Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo Office and Manager of the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and other Forms of Exploitation (EURC).

On May 25th. 2017, a two-day seminar: "Human trafficking: Development of e-learning module" officially started, within the regional project "Promoting a victim centered approach in trafficking casses in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina".

The main goal of this seminar, organised by the International Forum of Solidarity-EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch judicial academy and Netherlands Helsinki committee, in cooperation with the OSCE mission in BiH, CEST FBiH, CEST RS, and Association of Prosecutors of FBiH, is to educate and introduce judiciary to the module for distance learning, e-module. Due to the volume of work that judiciary is obliged by, there is a certain need for educations and conferences to be held online, where significantly more professionals will be able to attend, learn and expand knowledge, rather than to be unable to phisically be present at conferences, edications,trainings, etc.

Educators from the Netherlands judiciary academy and CEST's FBiH and RS, will present the values and advantages of the this learning method to their collegues from Association of Judges and Prosecutors of BiH, at this seminar in Konjic, on May 25th and 26th.

Young people who are homeless in Alaska are at high risk for human trafficking, but there are ways to prevent the problem.

Josh Louwerse is the youth engagement coordinator at Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage’s only homeless center for youth. He’s very aware and cautious of assumptions people make about where people are most at risk.

“I think far too often things get labeled…’Oh well, that just happens there,’ or ‘This happens there.’ But this is an issue that’s happening in the whole city and the state.

Essentially what we see from a neighborhood or a street is the low hanging fruit,” people who it’s more obvious to find and identity, Louwerse said. “But there’s so much more that’s going on that’s much more sophisticated, that’s going on out of sight.”

Read more: Preventing human trafficking of homeless youth by building connections

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