European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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First Annual Report on Victims of Trafficking in South Eastern Europe

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First Annual Report on Victims of Trafficking in South Eastern Europe
Counter-trafficking Regional Clearing Point, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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Victims (of trafficking), Trafficked persons, Criminal proceedings; Legal assistance, Civil Law Suit, Human trafficking cases, Compensation, National Referral Mechanisms; Victim support services; Restitution; Remuneration; Individual complaint mechanisms; Assistance, Reintegration, Social assistance, Rehabilitation, Reflection period, Repatriation; Return; Redress, Protection, Social inclusion; Residence permit;
This report provides a regional overview of the status of Victim Assistance and Protection for victims who are trafficked from, through and to South Eastern Europe. The Regional Clearing Point (RCP), working within the framework of the Stability Pact Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings (SPTF), has produced for the first time concrete data (not estimates) of the number of trafficking victims assisted in the region. Including the countries of Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, the project highlights the most detailed information to date profiling the characteristics of these victims in categories such as age, education level, marital status, and reasons for leaving their country of origin. The RCP provides a factual ""snapshot"" describing each country's current capacity and concrete activities, working in partnership with international organizations (IOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs), to provide what victims need to have the best chance for recovery. The project reviews a broad range of victim assistance and protection services including each country's provision or failure to provide: shelter, medical care, psychological and psychiatric care, legal assistance, educational assistance, vocational training and employment assistance, and housing assistance. The findings illuminate whether countries and their programs are being successful and where gaps exist in serving the needs of the victims of this severely violent crime and human rights violation. The regional summary and each country report is divided into four sections: 1) number of identified and assisted victims, which contains the minimum number of identified and assisted victims of trafficking in the country between January 2000 and June 2003 2) victim identification and referral for assistance, which describes the particular measures and mechanisms established for victims’ identification and referral for assistance 3) victim profiles 4) victim assistance and protection, which provides in-depth descriptions of the distinctive victim assistance and protection frameworks established in each country.
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