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Cop accused of sex crimes against human trafficking victims

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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.

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Let Europe face up to human trafficking in 2018

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

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Safeguarding victims of human trafficking and smuggling priority for international experts

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INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking, leads to 40 arrests

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MARKING THE EUROPEAN DAY OF FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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 ...

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The 18th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference “Everyone Has a Role: How to Make a Difference Together” is taking on 23–24 April 2018, Hofburg, Vienna.

Mrs Amela Efendic, Expert Advisor of IFS-EMMAUS, which is a part of Emmaus International and Emmaus Europe organisation, and CEO of the European Resource Center for Prevention of Trafficking ih Human Beings and Other Forms of Exploitation, participates as a panelist at the conference with the delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by BiH State Coordinator for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings.

The focus of this year’s high-level conference is to promote the importance of inclusive partnerships to further enhance the coherence of anti-trafficking efforts and strengthen co-operation at the local, national, regional and international level.

The conference will examine existing, more traditional anti-trafficking partnerships, along with the benefits of innovative co-operation modalities which often remain ‘invisible’ in formalized multi-disciplinary frameworks. A special emphasis will also be placed on new actors whose engagement would bring added value to anti-trafficking responses. LIVE STREAM


 

 

On 30th January, 2018, from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Info Centre of the Delegation of European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a public promotion of the application and awarding ceremony „Be a Cyber-detective!“. The application is one of the activities that are realised within the project „Development of Child Friendly Guidelines for Prevention of Violence Against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina“, a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the association International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS, with the support of UNICEF.

Besides children and youth, representatives of respective institutions of international organisations, and civil society from Bosnia and Herzegovina have also attended the aforementioned event, as well as experts in relevant fields. Representatives of the Delegation of European Union in BiH, UNICEF, IFS – EMMAUS and the experts engaged in development of application have addressed the present audience.

Children nowadays spend most of their time in virtual world, where they often come face-to-face with diverse inappropriate contents, without any kind of protection. Although there are no confirmed statistical data for territory of our country which could point to the exact number of cases of abuse or disturbance via Internet, through the SOS hotline within web page www.sigurnodijete.ba IFS – EMMAUS has had over 700 reports of different types of inappropriate content of abuse and exploitation of children, including reports regarding the child sexual abuse material in the digital environment.

With the aim of strengthening prevention of violence against children activities, and encouraging the children and youth, parents and professionals and wider public to contribute to the identifying and reporting of cases of violence against children, IFS – EMMAUS has realised an online educational quiz „Be a Cyber-detective!“, which was played by 850 children, age 12-18, during 6 weeks. In accordance with great results of online quiz and the interest of children in the topic, a web application „Be a Cyber-detective!“ has been created.

Application is intended to be used in schools across the country, for education of children, but parents, teaching staff and other professionals as well, on different types of violence against children and ways of prevention and reporting. It is created in the form of an online quiz, which consists of 2 segments which can be used for primary knowledge testing, and one for after realised education for checking the gained knowledges; online – through social networks, but as well as offline – for realisation and use during regular school classes and/or home computers.

A need for preventive reacting and intensified education and awareness raising amongst children and youth on various types of violence has been especially emphasized. Publicising, public promotion and distribution of the promoted contents to the wider public and professional community, are a significant contribution to the strengthening the already established system of child protection in BiH, with the aim of adequate answering to all known types of violence, exploitation and neglect of children.

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Child sex slavery is a harsh reality in today's world, but is often overlooked. The documentary "Stopping Traffic" is trying to change that. CGTN's Frances Read reports on one filmmaker's efforts to heighten awareness about global human trafficking.

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October 18, 2017 is the International Migrant´s Day. It is observed since 2000 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families. It is observed across the globe by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations proclaiming human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants.

On this occasion, IFS-EMMAUS participates in the Global Migration Film Festival organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Festival is taking place in the period December 5 – 18, 2017 showing 30 feature films and documentaries in over 100 countries. In Sarajevo, this Day shall be observed with film screening of two documentaries on migration in the Western Balkans, and panel discussion of experts, policy makers and practitioners engaged in in assisting migrants in the region to highlight successful approaches to address migrant vulnerabilities.

Join us in observing The International Migrant’s Day!

December 18, 2017 - Kriterion Cinema City, Sarajevo at 18:00 hours

In order to strengthen the activities of preventing violence against children and encouraging children and their families to contribute to the identification and reporting of cases of violence against children, International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS, within the project "Development of Child Friendly Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence Against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina" in cooperation with recognized experts in the area of prevention of violence against children and protection of children, prepared and published "Guidelines for Prevention of Violence Against Children in the Digital Environment" for professionals working in this field.

Child Friendly Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina are specifically adapted to the needs of children and their families, complemented by important categories of violence against children, the so-called "online violence" or "violence in the digital environment".

The second Education of professionals (Training of trainers – ToT) on the topic "Development of Child Friendly Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence Against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is taking place on 20th and 21st November, 2017, at the Hollywood Hotel in Sarajevo. The ToT is hosted by IFS-EMMAUS, in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of BiH / Department for combating trafficking in human beings, members of the Regional Monitoring Teams for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and other professionals involved in the field of recognizing and responding to cases of violence against children, as well as coordination of activities and services provided to children victims of violence, which aims to improve capacities for the prevention of violence against children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Education provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of the situation, including the implementation of mapping of the situation in the field of violence against children in the digital environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina; legislative framework with reference to national and international legislation; through practical case studies, present a system of early recognition of violence against children, including violence in the digital environment and reporting of cases in BiH; and analyze phenomenology of crime and specific manifestations. Through the processing of various thematic areas, with interactive discussions and case studies, the capacities of professionals involved in the field of child protection will be increased.


On behalf of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS), we are pleased to inform You about the public promotion and presentation of the publications of the project „Development of Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence against Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina adapted to Children", supported by UNICEF and the Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With the aim of strengthening the activities of preventing violence against children and encouraging children and their families to contribute to the identification and reporting of cases of violence against children, IFS-EMMAUS, in cooperation with recognized experts in the area of prevention of violence against children and protection of children, prepared :

  • "Guidelines for dealing with violence against children in the digital environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina" intended for professionals working in this field;
  • Cartoon/story book "All you need to know about violence!" intended for children aged 6-11 years;
  • Online application "Be the Cyber Detective!" for use on social networks for children aged 12+.

Cartoon/story  book and online applications are especially tailored to the needs of children of the above mentioned ages, and handle various forms of violence: neglect of the child, physical, emotional, sexual and peer violence, and online violence or violence in a digital environment. By developing this specific form of violence within the Guidelines and developing specialized content for children, as well as by promoting the implementation of Guidelines in practice, the project contributes to strengthening the existing child protection system in BiH in order to adequately respond to all known forms of violence, exploitation and neglect of children.

Public promotion of publications and press conferences will take place on November 14, 2017, from 13:00 to 14:00h in the premises of the Networks Center (address: Skenderpašina 1, Sarajevo). Representatives of relevant institutions, international organizations and civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, experts in the mentioned area, children and youth, as well as representatives of the media were invited to participate in the event. The guests will be addressed by the representatives of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF, IFS-EMMAUS, as well as the experts who participated in the preparation of publications.

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.

Within the regional project of the regional justice sector entitled "Strengthening Criminal Law Institutions and the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe", in the period from 24th-26th October, a regional workshop on the topic "Best Practices and Progress in the Fight Against Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings and the Field of Protection of Human Rights and Provision of Services to Victims" is being held in Importanne Resort, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The aim of this workshop is the development and implementation of the best regional practices and future steps that have been discussed at the first workshop held on May 31st in order to improve the responses to the challenges of smuggling and trafficking in human beings, family and gender-based violence, and the provision of services to victims.

At the workshop, each state delegation has 45 minutes to present its country's national report on the progress and challenges that they have encountered in dealing with the implementation of the above-mentioned activities. The national report for Bosnia and Herzegovina will be presented by the expert advisor of the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, Amela Efendic, on the second day of the workshop, October 25, 2017.

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 meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, entitled "Strengthening the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings in Crisis Situations in the Western Balkans", organized by IOM (International Organization for Migration) was held on October 6, 2017 at the Avala Hotel in Budva, Montenegro. Moderator of the meeting, Philip Ishola (IOM), after the welcome to the participants,  in the introductory words, outlined the objectives of this meeting, presenting the current national situation on CT (legal framework, policy, challenges) and expectations from project participants (tour de table) . At the meeting, the research was contextualized, where the project parameters, methodology, limitations encountered in these surveys (early findings) were presented, and early findings were presented in detail, where human impact, factors related to the three main domains: risks - trends - vulnerabilities, as well as factors within these three domains, were analysed.

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