Trafficking in persons is recognized to be a significant and growing problem in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Romania is a country of origin for men, women and children victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour and/or other forms of trafficking. Statistics show that in 2016, 756 cases of trafficking were identified within and outside the country.
The resources available at national level designed to curb this phenomenon are limited by legislative challenges, the lack of clear political will, as well as by the socio-economic shortcomings in the communities of origin of the victims. As a consequence, the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons (ANITP), established in 2006, develops national programs on preventing trafficking and monitoring assistance provided to VoTs aiming at their social integration. The victim assistance service is carried out by DGs for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) as well as by IOM Romania and NGOs. However, since 2009, NGOs lack external and internal funding due to Romanian legislative changes upon entry to the Euroepan Union.
The project is implemented within the framework of the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme to Reduce Economic and Social Disparities within the Enlarged European Union.
The total project value is of 550.000,00 CHF, with a Swiss contribution of 499,608.83CHF representing 90,84% of the total value) and a co-financing from IOM and the project implementing partners of 50,391.17 CHF (representing 9,16% of the total budget).
The project partners, are the following:
· Asociația pentru Dezvoltarea Practicilor Alternative de Reintegrare și Educație (ADPARE), Bucharest;
· Micu Bogdan Foundation (FMB), Brasov;
· People to People (P2P) Foundation, Oradea.
As beneficiary, IOM is implementing this project for a period of 22 months, starting mid October 2017.
Main project outcomes:
@ The human capacity of Romanian nationals, victims of internal and international trafficking, to sustainably rehabilitate and integrate in the home families/communities is developed through the provision of comprehensive tailor-made assistance.
@ National Identification and Referral Mechanism (NRM) is strengthened through improved coordination of return cases with the governmental and non-governmental structures and awareness raising on VoT protection and assistance available amongst actors of the NRM.
Main project results:
@ At least 100 VoTs referred in the NRM mechanism and comprehensively assisted with tailor-made services; the assistance will include protection, medical and psychological care, temporary housing, child care, income-generating activities, legal assistance, job trainings, job placement, and other re/integration support as required on a case-by-case basis;
@ At least 25 VoTs assisted for return from countries of destinations;
@ At least 25 VoTs supported after return and provided with reintegration measures and 100 VoTs in total benefitting from integration assistance;
@ Two national workshops organised and carried out in 2017 and 2019, involving in total 60 participants;
@ One Counter Trafficking directory including 10 NRM info sheets developed and distributed.
A launching conference will be organized on 21 November 2017, to raise awareness in regard to the project and its activities.
Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss-Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
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You can download the English version of the project presentation leaflet, here.