On June 29th, ASTRA – Anti-trafficking action, organized the second meeting of Regional working group for monitoring within the third phase of the regional project The Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!
The goal of the meeting was a continuation of planning the process of future monitoring of anti-trafficking work, based on lessons learned from the previous period regarding the progress of countries in meeting international standards, challenges that hinder monitoring, application of indicators in the monitoring of national action plans, as well as benefits of continuing joint work in anti-THB monitoring at the regional level. The representative of ASTRA presented the unique monitoring software, i.e. a regional electronic database of indicators, created within the BAN project, which should facilitate the future monitoring process and provide a monitoring and evaluation framework that will enable the collection of evidence and analysis of the quality of laws, procedures and practices related to combating trafficking and protection of victims.
Meeting gathered 19 participants, representatives of Ombudsperson office, mechanism of National rapporteur for trafficking in human beings, Ministry of Interior, Prosecutor office, Supreme court, representatives of social welfare institutions for human trafficking victim’s protection, professors, independent consultants and specialized civil society organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.
Since January 2018, ASTRA – Anti-trafficking action from Serbia and five other partner organizations from the region: International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Women’s Rights Center (Montenegro) Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (CLCI, Albania), Open Gate La Strada (Northern Macedonia) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, are implementing the third phase of the regional project BAN III – The Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now! The project is financially supported by the European Union.