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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.

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 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.

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.

Read more: WORLD CONGRESS: CHILD DIGNITY IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

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.



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 organised and held in the period 07.-09. August 2017, at hotel Lavina, in Jahorina. The second, follow up, module / TOT is taking place on the 28.-30. August 2017, also at hotel Lavina in Jahorina, where International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS is, once again, actively taking part in the training.

The primary objective of these modules 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.


UPDATED POLICE TRAINING - I MODULE

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

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