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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.

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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.

The International Forum of Solidarity-EMMAUS will participate in the World Congress "Child Dignity in the Digital World", which begins on October 3, 2017 in Rome, Italy. The Congress is organized by the Child Protection Center of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontificial Gregorian University, one of the world's leading institutions dedicated to the fight against sexual abuse of children and adolescents, and it aims to draw international attention to online sexual abuse of children and to establish an important milestone on the way to better protection of children in our digitized society.


Convened by the Centre for Child Protection, Pontifical Gregorian University
Piazza della Pilotta 4 – Rome
3 – 6 October 2017

The World Congress on „Child Dignity in the Digital World“, hosted by The Centre for Child Protection of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, one of the leading global institutions dedicated to the fight against sexual abuse of children and adolescents will begin on 3rd October 2017, in Rome.


Ceremony of Certification of trainers for updated police trainings in the area of prevention of violence against children by information and communication technologies, held at hotel Lavina, in Jahorina, in the period of 07.-09. and 28.-30. August 2017.

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