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European Resource Center

On November 27, 2013, IFS-EMMAUS officially opened the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and Other Forms of Exploitation located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The opening ceremony was hosted in cooperation with the Emmaus Europe and Emmaus International representatives Mr Alain Capmas and Mr. Hans Van Beek, the State Coordinator for Anti-Trafficking/Ministry of Security of BiH Mr Samir Rizvo and IFS-EMMAUS Head of Sarajevo Office and Resource Center Manager, Ms Amela Efendic.

The Ceremony was attended by a numerous representatives of relevant BiH institutions and agencies, international agencies as International Organisation for Migration, US Embassy in BiH, Save the Children, as well as representatives of partner NGO organizations from BiH and the neighbouring countries, in support of ongoing activities of IFS-EMMAUS on the prevention of THB in the region and Europe.

The Resource Center is established to serve as an information point on trafficking in human beings, changing trends, legislative provisions and statistical data, as well as related information on other forms of exploitation with particular emphasis on this phenomenon in Europe. It is expected to serve as a resource mechanism for primarily Emmaus communities, but also local and international stakeholders on best practices and knowledge for action in combating human trafficking at the regional and global level.

The opening of the Resource Center is realized within the project "EMMAUS Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings – Combating and Prevention Through Policy Initiatives, Training and Capacity Building” in cooperation with the BiH Ministry of Security/Anti-trafficking Department and with the support of EMMAUS Europe.




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