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European Resource Center

In Europe, October 18th marks the day of the fight against human trafficking. Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as many countries in the world, is recognized as a country of origin, transit and destination of human trafficking victims.

Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, in accordance with the Action Plan to counteract human trafficking 2016 - 2019 and the Programme of celebrating important dates related to human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and this year will undertake a series of activities and events related to marking October 18th , the European day against Human trafficking, and which should draw attention to the problems we face in combating trafficking in connection with the resolution of the difficult position of human trafficking victims.

In order to implement the planned activities and based on its positive experience in the celebration of this important date participants are representatives of the Association "New Generation" from Banja Luka, the Association "New Road" from Mostar, Association "Land of Children in BiH" in Tuzla, the International Forum Solidarity - EMMAUS, the Association "Medica" Zenica, the Association for the promotion of education for Roma "Otaharin" from Bijeljina, the Foundation "Lara" from Bijeljina, women's Association "Maja" from Kravica, women's Association "Most" from Visegrad, the Association of women "Goraždanke "Gorazde, Association" woman BiH "Mostar, Center for legal assistance for women Zenica, Association of Roma women" Better future "from Tuzla, NGO" future "from Modrica, the Association of women" Derventa "from Derventa and the Foundation" United women "Banja Luka.

International Forum of Solidarity-Emmaus (IFS-EMMAUS), through its many years of operation and innovative activities in the field of combating and preventing trafficking in human beings, and building the capacity of professionals and raising public awareness, helps fighting the state against this phenomenon. In recent years it has been observed that the number of trafficking victims who are citizens, especially minors who are victims of labor exploitation and forced begging, has grown. This is why IFS-EMMAUS  created a mobile application "BAN Human Trafficking" which has a goal to educate the general public, especially young people, about the problem of human trafficking and prevention of this type of crime in the context of the regional project "Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now! ", supported by the European Union.

Through interactive game and quiz users will be familiar with the various forms of human trafficking. Acquainted with potential dangers, users will be able to recognize similar situations in real life, and so will be able to protect themselves and the people they know. Also, a better understanding of the experiences of victims of trafficking should contribute to reducing discrimination and improving the situation of victims.

IFS-EMMAUS, in cooperation with partner organizations and institutions, will implement educational activities in primary and secondary schools in different cities in BiH, for school children, their parents and teachers. During the educational activities in schools, students, with the help of professors of computer sciences, will be able to learn about the functions of BAN mobile applications, and to try to use the same.

Also, this year, IFS-EMMAUS participates in the campaign "Justice at last" which the European Day Against Human Trafficking, civil society organizations from all over Europe gathered around the problem of human trafficking, calling on all European governments to implement the ten action points (attached), in order to provide access to the right to compensation to trafficking victims and to remove all obstacles that prevent victims in the exercise of that right.


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