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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.  

A ...


‘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 ...


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International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) was established at the beginning of 1999. in Gračanica, BiH with the aim of providing assistance to vulnerable population groups. It is registered as local, non-governmental and non-profit organization whose domain field is the entire area of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been active in the area of combating illegal migration and trafficking in human beings since the emergence of these problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, targeting victims of human trafficking, illegal migrants, children in need of assistance, victims of sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation, internally displaced individuals, children at risk of online child abuse and exploitation.

As a humanitarian organization, IFS-EMMAUS also provides assistance to other vulnerable categories, such as old, sick and helpless individuals, homeless people, socially deprived persons and individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as refugees, HIV positive individuals, youth at risk of this contagious disease and young delinquents. IFS-EMMAUS also holds representatives and members to the BiH Strike Force on Anti-trafficking, National Anti-trafficking Team, Regional Monitoring Teams for Anti-trafficking, National Team for Monitoring of Implementation of State Anti-trafficking Strategy, Working group for the creation of State Action Plan on Prevention of Online Child Abuse and Exploitation through Information Technologies, etc. IFS-EMMAUS implements all activities, national and regional projects, in close cooperation with respective governmental institutions on state, entity and local level; non-governmental partners, international organizations and donors. IFS-EMMAUS operates one of the first Reception Centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the largest shelters for victims of human trafficking in the world. Activities include assistance and voluntary return of illegal migrants; shelter and direct assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings, including reintegration services (rehabilitation, repatriation and re-socialization); training and capacity building of professionals from government agencies, law enforcement, judicial institutions, NGOs and international organizations; awareness raising and prevention, including education activities in schools and universities across BiH; as well as activities on legislative changes and harmonization of existing Criminal Codes related to these crimes. Today, with network offices in Doboj Istok, Sarajevo, Srebrenica and a number of 153 employees, IFS-EMMAUS is one of the leading NGOs in the country and it received a certificate ISO 9001:2008 on October 2008 which verifies the quality of services provided to the targeted groups.


“To create, support and vivify resources in which everyone, by being free and respected, can comply their needs and show mutual solidarity.”


“To act so that every man, every society, every nation can live, demonstrate and achieve trough exchange and share in equal dignity!”


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