ISF01 project – “Trafficking in human beings – a victim-centered approach”
The National Agency against Trafficking in Human Beings implements the project “ Trafficking in human beings – a victim-centered approach ”, for a period of 29 months, in partnership with the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, the General Inspectorate for Immigration, Organized Crime Investigation Directorate and Terrorism and the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice.
The project benefited from financing through the Internal Security Fund – Police Cooperation Component, in amount of 806,043 RON out of which 604,632 RON – non-reimbursable external financing and 201,511 RON – national co-financing.
The general objective of the project is to increase the degree of protection and assistance of victims of human trafficking by improving the capacity to implement the National Mechanism for Identification and Referral and cooperation with civil society.
The aim of the project is to obtain the following results :
- Indicators for the identification of revised and improved victims of trafficking,
- Standardized risk assessments for victims of trafficking in identified persons,
- Standardized procedures for assisted repatriation of victims of trafficking in human beings,
- Improved national mechanism for identifying and referring victims of trafficking in human beings,
- Workers trained to implement the National Mechanism for identifying and referring victims of trafficking in human beings.
The activities that have been carried out so far are:
- Carrying out an improved MNIR project by:
- Hiring two experts to carry out a project on improving MNIR
- Organizing two working groups for the development and standardization of the procedure for risk assessment and the development and standardization of the procedure for the repatriation of victims
- Organize two working groups to improve the indicators for identifying victims of trafficking in human beings and the procedures for identifying and referring victims of trafficking in human beings and to regulate the way in which the period of reflection is granted
- Translation of MNIR
- Contracting the services for editing and printing the 3 standards and the MNIR.
- 4 Meetings of the Steering Committee, organized in Bucharest.
- Organizing 17 training sessions to identify victims of human trafficking by:
- Hiring 2 experts for training sessions;
- Elaboration of the training sessions curriculum;
Organizing training sessions on identifying victims of Romanian citizens.
DOCUMENTS AND MATERIALS DEVELOPED IN THE PROJECT
Documents and materials elaborated
In May 2019, the improved version of the National Mechanism for Identification and Referral of Victims of Trafficking in Persons was published, both in Romanian and in English, a tool that establishes a set of measures and activities undertaken by state institutions and various non-governmental organizations with responsibilities in the field of human trafficking.
At the same time, 3 brochures were published comprising the Procedure for identifying victims of human trafficking, the Procedure for assisted voluntary repatriation, the Procedure for assessing risks and special needs for assistance.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF THE PROJECT
Launch of the conference
Two working groups for the development and standardization of the risk assessment procedure and the development and standardization procedure for the repatriation of victims
Two working groups to improve indicators for the identification of victims of trafficking in human beings and procedures for the identification and referral of victims of trafficking in human beings and to regulate the way in which the period of reflection is granted
First steering committee meeting
Second steering committee meeting
Third Steering Committee Meeting
Organizing 15 training sessions for identifying victims of Romanian citizens and 2 training sessions for identifying victims of foreign citizens
Between October 2018 and July 2019, 15 training sessions were held to identify victims of Romanian citizens in Cluj-Napoca, Ploiesti, Timisoara, Suceava and Galati, Bucharest, Iasi, Brasov, Craiova, Pitesti, Targu Mures, Bacau, Alba- Iulia, Oradea, Constanța, respectively 2 training sessions for identifying victims of foreign citizens in Timișoara, Bucharest, which brought together different categories of professionals (22 representatives of the National Employment Agency, staff from school institutions, staff specialized within the General Directorates of Social Assistance and Child Protection / Public Social Assistance Services, representatives of non-governmental organizations, police officers in the field of public order and safety, in the field of judicial police and transport,The General Inspectorate for Immigration, the Labor Inspectorate, in the field of Border Police, respectively the Romanian Gendarmerie, together with prosecutors for each session) who have and will have a contribution both through the expertise in the wide field of protection and social assistance of people in need. especially through the primary role they can play in detecting possible traffic situations.
During the sessions, participants were trained by two experts on the basis of the draft National Identification and Referral Mechanism which is a set of measures and activities undertaken by state institutions and various non-governmental organizations with responsibilities in the field of human trafficking in order to identify victims of trafficking. and referral (entrusting) them to protection and assistance service providers.
The issues notified during these sessions will lead to the achievement of the specific objective of the National Strategy against Trafficking in Human Beings – “Improving the capacity to identify victims early and to refer to service providers provided in a special regime.”
Fourth steering committee meeting
Closing Conference and 5th Steering Committee Meeting