On 11th December 2014, at the Lancaster House in London, #WePROTECT Children Online Summit started with the aim to protect children from abuse through the Internet and modern technologies. The Summit brought together representatives from more than 50 countries, 26 leading technology companies and 10 non-governmental organisations.
International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS), in cooperation with the Association of Prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, realized a seminar titled "Compensation for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings" for relevant stakeholders when it comes to combating against trafficking in human beings and protecting rights of victims of traffickin....
During the time period of 9th until 14th November 2014, within the Regional project „Promoting a Victim Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina”, a Study visit has been realized to the Netherlands as a continuation of the project activities. Participants of the Study visit were judges and prosecutors, educator group members for t....
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BAN Human Trafficking mobile application was created to educate its users about the issue of human trafficking and the prevention of this type of crime. The Mobile Application is produced within the project „Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!“ which is supported by the European Union.
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With the aim of raising awareness about the phenomenon of Trafficking in Human Beings, with special emphasis to the necessity of ensuring adequate compensation and protection of rights of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, an extensive regional campaign „Prevent, Protect, Compensate – Justice for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings“ has been launched, within the regional project „Balkans Act (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!“, which International Forum of Solidarity is implementing since 2012 in cooperation with partner organizations of civil sector from Republic of Serbia, Republic of Croatia, FYR Macedonia, the Netherlands and France.
Within this regional campaign, project partners have created promotional materials in the form of posters, leaflets, videos, a radio jingle and mobile application which accentuate the importance of protecting the victim's rights, and thus, the right to efficient and effective compensation as an extremely important aspect of combating against Trafficking in Human Beings. Special multi-lingual website www.nadoknadimo.org was established with interactive content and useful information on Trafficking in Human Beings and possibilities for compensation for victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in the wider region.
A specially designed mobile application called BAN Human Trafficking targets to draw attention of the youth and to make them more informed regarding the problem of Trafficking in Human Beings in order to learn to recognize risk situations and ways to avoid them. All interested persons can download the application for free via Google Play and iOS App service and get familiar with the various forms of Trafficking in Human Beings through an interactive game as well as different stages of trafficking chain: recruitment, exploitation, leaving the trafficking chain, recovery, reintegration, social inclusion and fighting for rights of trafficked person. By playing with different characters, users are being educated on how to protect themselves, people in their environment and prevent Trafficking in Human Beings in general. Also, a better understanding of the experiences of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings should contribute to reducing discrimination and improving the status of victims in society, government, and in the judicial system. Besides aforementioned Google play and iOS App services, application BAN Human Trafficking can be downloaded via the above mentioned QR code.
With the support of partner organizations and institutions, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Association of Prosecutors of FBiH and Centre for Criminal Policy Research (CPRC), IFS-EMMAUS, as holder of the project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, started the implementation of the public campaign on 24th November 2014, aimed to improving the mechanism for compensation to victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Synchronized animated music video, created with the purpose of preventing Trafficking in Human Beings and protecting the victim's rights, is being broadcasted three times a day on BHRT1, while radio jingle with the same content is broadcasted five times a day on Radio of Republic of Srpska and Radio of FBiH. Promotional materials in the form of posters and two types of leaflets, regarding the rights of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and right to compensation, will be distributed during the following period in all major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the campaign through mentioned broadcasters will be radioed until 31st December 2014. In this way, the public campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina will secure that the voices of the victims will be heard louder.
Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of its founding, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines held its second annual members' meeting in the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik from 11-13 November. Hosted by the Croatian Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD), the three-day conference was attended by delegations from 34 countries.
Upon opening the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Milanka Opačić said "there are too many cowards abusing children on the Internet", before going over Croatia's efforts in fighting online child sexual exploitation. With a regional focus on tackling child sex trafficking, delegates shared experiences, latest developments and best common practices. Partners and high-level speakers from the OSCE, Facebook, Insafe, the US Marshals, NCMEC or the German BKA all demonstrated that no one can work in isolation and cooperation is a must when it comes to child online protection.
Stronger partnerships with law enforcement and the high-tech industry drive faster and better results. INHOPE's President Amela Efendic said “INHOPE does not seek to do the job of law enforcement agencies. We are a partner to law enforcement in receiving, viewing, analysing, sorting and confirming child sexual abuse images, so they could focus on processing the images confirmed as child abuse.”
“Children of today are on a high level of information literacy, extensively using the Internet for various purposes. That is great, as long as we do our best to make the internet a safer and better place for all of them.”
With the upcoming 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), INHOPE's reporting hotlines, as first responders and advocates, are increasingly recognised as playing a central role in the online safety ecosystem.
Trafficking in human beings represents a flagrant violation of human rights and an attack on the victims' dignity and integrity. One of the most important rights of victims of trafficking is the ability to claim compensation from the state in order for rapid and effective reparations for the suffering experienced in the trafficking chain. This right must be protected, even when the state is unable to collect the necessary funds from the perpetrators.
However, practice shows that compensation, as a very important aspect of the fight against human trafficking, is often neglected because only a small number of victims seek compensation, and even fewer of them actually receive compensation. Therefore, within the regional project "Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!", implemented by partner civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, the Netherlands and France, an extensive media campaign was launched to raise public awareness of the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings, with special attention on the necessity of ensuring adequate compensation and protection to victims of trafficking.
The project was successfully implemented before the end of 2012 with the support of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Association of Prosecutors of FBiH and CPRC-Criminal Policy Research Centre.
Visit the website www.nadoknadimo.org and share, learn, watch and be better informed about trafficking in human beings and about compensation for trafficked persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. Prevent the systematic violation of their rights and let's secure and protect justice for all victims of human trafficking.