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The Red Cross warns against the violence of Croatian border guards against migrants

The Red Cross warns against the violence of Croatian border guards against migrants trying to enter the country from neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, AP reports.

The International Federation of ...


Germans unimpressed with Merkel's rebellious anti-migrant minister Seehofer, poll shows

Angela Merkel’s rebellious interior minister has failed to impress Germans with his hardline stance on migration, according to new polling likely to reinforce the chancellor’s position.  

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‘New Balkan Route’ for Migrants, Refugees Causes Alarm

A growing number of migrants and refugees using the new Balkan route through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to reach the EU raising concerns of a humanitarian and security crisis. Security and human ...


Cop accused of sex crimes against human trafficking victims

Officer was investigating an Eastern European gang that brought women to Israel for prostitution; is suspended from force

A police officer was arrested Wednesday after he was found to have had ...


Italian parents under house arrest for forcing 9-year-old into prostitution

The parents of a nine-year-old girl have been placed under house arrest for forcing their daughter into prostitution, police in the southern Italian region of Sicily said on Monday.

Two men aged 63 ...


Let Europe face up to human trafficking in 2018

Europe’s reception of children seeking refuge is particularly shameful

Last year came to an end with horrific images of slave labour markets in Libya, and a further UN Security Council resolution ...


Big hit against sexual exploitation: criminal group dismantled in Spain and Romania

Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in ...


European Resource Center


European Resource Centre for the prevention of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation - EURC was established in November 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Center was created in response to an increase in trafficking in the region and Europe, as well as other forms of child abuse and the need to combat and prevent these criminal activities on a global level. EURC is intended as a central research and information mechanism for local and international actors involved in the phenomenon of trafficking; forms, causes and changes in trends; Profile of victims; legislation; methods of identification and referral mechanisms; Practice reintegration; preventive and educational resources, including manuals and guidelines; statistics and best practices for action in combating human trafficking, as well as information related to other forms of exploitation and ways of prevention. At the same time, the EURC offers a unique tool for online check-trafficking cases through the web portal offers.EURC activities include the exchange of information, planning activities, networking, training and capacity building, development and distribution of information materials, to improve cooperation with government, non- governmental, local and international actors.

Other projects

•    Assisting victims of human trafficking and illegal migration
Assistance which the IFS-EMMAUS gives to the victims of trafficking through many years of work is manifold, and consists of accommodation in a shelter, providing of the basic necessities, all kinds of medical services, training through work, and reintegration services rendered as well as providing legal aid.

The main areas of action:

-    Prevention and awareness-raising
-    Capacity Building
-    Prevention of trafficking in BiH
-    Prevention of illegal migration
-    Research
-    European Resource Centre

•    The European Centre for Civil Service - Franco Bettoli

IFS-Emmaus in March 2009, bought agricultural land with total area of 2640 m2, in Srebrenica, precisely Potočari. The reason for this large investment is to build a center that will be named "European Centre for Civil Service - Franco Bettoli" (ECCS-FB).

Agreement on partnership and financial support from Emmaus Europe and IFS-Emmaus, signed in January 2009, on the financing of the project ECCS - FB clearly defined mission office MFS-Emmaus in Srebrenica. ECCS - FB will act to try to rebuild war-ravaged relations and promote the European spirit (ideas) among young people of Srebrenica.

•    Reception center "Duje"

The reception center "Duje" is active since 2004 as a center for the care and rehabilitation of all categories of the population in need. The work of the Center is focused on rehabilitation, re-socialization, with the ultimate aim of reintegration of service users. Over 400 users found their refuge in the Center, which every day provides medical and educational assistance, as well as rehabilitation, and all this with a great deal of tolerance, love and understanding. Service users are elderly people of different categories and diseases, persons with disabilities, disabled persons with multiple problems, the homeless, young people with behavioral problems and young people from vulnerable / risk groups.

•    Sponsoring children without one or both parents

In the world today there are over 140 million orphan children and IFS-EMMAUS with the help of sponsors, participates in monthly scholarships for over 1,300 children from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The realization of the project "Sponsoring children without one or both parents - orphans," began in 2011 and it is a project that the IFS-EMMAUS is particularly proud of and whose realization reflects the ideal of all that our association works and aims to manifest with the realization of its many activities. This, above all, human act, is being implemented in cooperation with our partner organizations from around the world and WAMY (Saudi Arabia), IHH (Turkey), WEFA (Austria), Deniz Feneri (Turkey) and Selwo (Kuwait). The idea of sponsoring these children, unfortunately, every year gets more and more important and the increase of those for whom the project is intended is noticeable. So in 2015, regular monthly scholarships were awarded to over 1000 children from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Goražde and Sarajevo to Cazin, Bugojno, Brčko, Zavidovici, Mostar, Gradačac and other places and in 2016 that number increased to 1300.Great thing is that the trend of interest for scholarships for children continues to increase so in the future we rightfully expect that this number will increase and we will thus include the other children who are in need and who have not been included in this project.

•    As well as many other projects:

-    Solidarity economy and production - conditions for sustainability;
-    Preventing the abuse of children through information and communication technologies;
-    EMMAUS - International youth work camp;
-    Distribution of humanitarian aid;
-    Boarding accommodation for children in Potočari, Srebrenica;
-    Day care center for children in Potočari, Srebrenica;
-    Community services for the elderly;
-    Soup kitchen in Doboj;
-    Representation of homeless BiH;
-    Center for Children and Youth.


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