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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 ...


European Resource Center

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina works alongside domestic institutions to enhance the legislative and institutional framework for the prevention and prosecution of trafficking in human beings. More specifically, the Mission is a partner to the Strike Force for Combating Traficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration.

(Reference: OSCE BiH)

"The Observers" is educational film aimed at raising awareness and preventing trafficking in human beings.

Final Conference "Achievements and Next Steps" in the project „Promoting a Victim Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina“, implemented by the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch Helsinki Committee, will be held on Monday, July 3rd, 2017, in the Hotel Sarajevo, Sarajevo.

The conference will be officially opened by H.E. Mr. Jurriaan Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of the Sarajevo Office, International Solidarity Forum-EMMAUS, and will  officially begin by signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Dutch Judicial Academy / Center for Training and Judicial Studies SSR) and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in Republika Srpska. The Memorandum will be signed by Mr. Remco van Tooren, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Dutch Judicial Academy; Mr. Arben Murtezic, Director of the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; And Mr. Tomislav CaviC, Director of Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska.

Exhibitors are appreciated by experts from the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina: judges, prosecutors and human rights activists, and the conference will be attended by members of the project group of educators in the judiciary for trafficking in human beings and representatives of the State Task Force in the fight against trafficking in human beings, as well as the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in BiH, of the Dutch Judicial Academy , of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, of the Ministry of Security of BiH / Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of BiH and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska, of the OSCE Mission in BiH, of IFS-EMMAUS, and other guests.

Today, June th 2017 at 10.00 am, at the Ministry of communications and transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially presented brochure/ comic "Stories from the Internet".

On this occasion, the partners signed a Letter of Intent, and the attendees were addressed by Ismir Jusko, Minister of communications and transport; H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo office of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS.

An electronic version of the brochure in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language is available on the following websites:, and

Brochures in English, German, Italian, French, Romansh, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages are available for download on Downloading the Swiss and BiH version of the brochure will be possible for all of those who want to promote, use and/or distribute it, free of charge.

For download click here.

On May 31, 2017, a training on the topics of „Strengthening Penal Institutions and Laws in Middle and Eastern Europe“ and „European Directives and Best Practices for Human Rights Protection and Providing Assistance to Victims” within the „Regional Justice Sector Project“ has officially been opened.

Event has been organised by U.S Department of Justice / Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (US DOJ OPDAT), U.S. Department of State / Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affaires, and Ministry of Justice of Republic of Croatia.

Ms Beth Sreenan, on behalf of US DOJ OPDAT, welcomed and introduced distinguished guests, followed by opening speeches of Ms Julieta Valls Noyes, the ambassador of the USA in Croatia, and Mr Kristijan Turkalj, Secretary of State Ministry of Justice of Republic Croatia.

The main goal of the training is to introduce the participants to European standards for victims, and teach and accept them as a model in procedures of the best practices for human rights protection and providing assistance to the victims.

Participants are respected professionals from the region, representatives of relevant institutions and organizations active in the fight against human trafficking and providing protection to victims of trafficking, as well as International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS representative, Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo Office and Manager of the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and other Forms of Exploitation (EURC).

On May 25th. 2017, a two-day seminar: "Human trafficking: Development of e-learning module" officially started, within the regional project "Promoting a victim centered approach in trafficking casses in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina".

The main goal of this seminar, organised by the International Forum of Solidarity-EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch judicial academy and Netherlands Helsinki committee, in cooperation with the OSCE mission in BiH, CEST FBiH, CEST RS, and Association of Prosecutors of FBiH, is to educate and introduce judiciary to the module for distance learning, e-module. Due to the volume of work that judiciary is obliged by, there is a certain need for educations and conferences to be held online, where significantly more professionals will be able to attend, learn and expand knowledge, rather than to be unable to phisically be present at conferences, edications,trainings, etc.

Educators from the Netherlands judiciary academy and CEST's FBiH and RS, will present the values and advantages of the this learning method to their collegues from Association of Judges and Prosecutors of BiH, at this seminar in Konjic, on May 25th and 26th.

Young people who are homeless in Alaska are at high risk for human trafficking, but there are ways to prevent the problem.

Josh Louwerse is the youth engagement coordinator at Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage’s only homeless center for youth. He’s very aware and cautious of assumptions people make about where people are most at risk.

“I think far too often things get labeled…’Oh well, that just happens there,’ or ‘This happens there.’ But this is an issue that’s happening in the whole city and the state.

Essentially what we see from a neighborhood or a street is the low hanging fruit,” people who it’s more obvious to find and identity, Louwerse said. “But there’s so much more that’s going on that’s much more sophisticated, that’s going on out of sight.”

Read more: Preventing human trafficking of homeless youth by building connections

On the day May 11, 2017 an assembly "Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration" organised by the IOM, was held at the hotel Holiday in Sarajevo. On behalf of IFS-EMMAUS, Ms Amela Efendić, the head of Sarajevo office, attended the meeting. The aims of global compact on migration assembley are: to adress all aspects of international migration, to make an important contribution to global goverments and in hands coordination on international migration, to present framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility, to set out a range of actionable commitments as well as means of implementation, to be guided by the 2030 agenda for substainable developments and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and finally, to be informed by the Declaration of the 2013 high level Dialog on International Migration and Development.

One of the guiding documents at this meeting was the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a resolution adopted on the September 19. 2016 by the General Assembley, which adresses the question of large movements of Refugees and Migrants.

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