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The VICTOR project has entered final stage of implementation

2015-02-07

15 partners from 7 Southeastern European countries of the EU-funded project “VICTOR –Victims of Child Trafficking – Our Responsibility” will have their final meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 19-20 February as the implementation of the project has entered its final stage.

Participants will assess the overall implementation of the project which aimed at stepping up prevention, improving the situation in the field of identification of children victims and strengthening cooperation among law enforcement, national actors and civil society in tackling child trafficking in the region.

In the meeting the expected evaluation of the Information Desks will be discussed. The Victor Info-Desks is as a pilot activity which is implemented as part of the project in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia. This activity aims to provide information on the phenomenon and raise awareness among the general public, vulnerable groups of children, school communities and professionals in the field (e.g. health and social workers, law enforcement and judiciary professionals).

In addition, the Information Desks are making available a helpline to the public and organizing targeted activities for vulnerable communities in an effort to inform on the serious problem of trafficking.

Future possibilities to ensure the sustainability and the expansion of VICTOR Info-Desks will be also discussed among participants as a new tool of combating the problems of missing children and child trafficking. Following SEE Forum “Missing Children in the Context of Child Trafficking” held in Thessaloniki on May 8-9, 2014, relevant stakeholders agreed that Info-Desks can use, transfer and expand the services of the 116 000 European Hotline for Missing children and national helplines to the field of combating child trafficking. 

In addition, a Review on the National Referral Mechanisms (NRM) that was carried out as part of the project will be presented. The review focuses on the identification of child trafficking as well as current trends of the phenomenon and national policies in dealing with it. Based on this work participants will explore the possibility to develop a Policy Paper that will be later presented to the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

For more information on the project and its activities contact us at info@victorproject.eu