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Project SPOT ON! – Responsibility of the state for processing human trafficking

ASTRA is the lead organization in the regional project SPOT ON, with partners La Strada – Open Gate, North Macedonia, and Vatra Psychosocial Center from Albania. Within this project, we are addressing the overview of the status, trends, and practices regarding the position and treatment of human trafficking victims in the justice system, access to …

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Protecting Our Future: International Missing Children’s Day in Europe

May 25 was first observed as International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD) in 2001, through the collaborative efforts of Missing Children Europe, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), and the European Commission. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of missing children, giving hope to families affected by these …

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Training “Providing Legal Aid and Protection to Victims of Human Trafficking” for Lawyers: You Are Facing a Human Being, Not an Object

Marija Andelkovic, Director of the Anti Trafficking Action – ASTRA, was one of the lecturers at the training “Providing Legal Aid and Protection to Victims of Human Trafficking” in Petrovac, Montenegro. The training was aimed at lawyers to enhance their knowledge about human trafficking as a phenomenon and how to treat victims in this sensitive …

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Implementation of the project “THE EU HELP LINES for children 116000, THE RISKS TO AVOID AND THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS”

In cooperation with the Finnish organization Lasten perusoikeudet – Children’s Fundamental Rights and with the support of the Missing children Europe, in April 2024 ASTRA has started the implementation of the project “THE EU HELP LINES for children 116000, THE RISKS TO AVOID AND THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS”. The primary aim of the project is to …

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International Women’s Day 2024 – Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress by  empowering against abuse and exploitation 

“Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress”, is this year’s UN slogan of International Women’s Day. Today,  La Strada International, the European Platform against trafficking in human beings, seeks to highlight  the importance of female empowerment and the integration of women into our European societies,  encompassing economic, social, and cultural dimensions;. Particularly essential is the empowerment of  …

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Round Table “Strengthening Action Against Human Trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina”: Human trafficking in Europe continues to rise

On February 28th in Sarajevo, a round table was held under the organization of the Council of Europe titled “Strengthening Action Against Human Trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” ASTRA’s director, Marija Andjelkovic, participated in the panel, discussing the SerBaz case, where ASTRA assisted some of the affected workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. These workers were …

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ASTRA participated in the meeting of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime: Illicit economy in Southeastern Europe

During the past week, a two-day meeting of the regional network organized by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime was held in Vienna, focusing on the theme of the illicit economy in Southeastern Europe. “This diverse group, composed of civil society organizations, academics, and investigative journalists, represents a crucial resource in our collective fight …

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ASTRA and Group 484 supported the Statement on the Revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive

Urgent call to EU negotiators to strengthen rights of all victims of crime regardless of residence status   The European Union (EU) has long recognised the need to protect all victims of crime without discrimination.   The EU Victim Rights Directive (VRD) articulates this commitment in law, stating that victim rights cannot  be denied based on …

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Youth in two-day peer instruction: ‘Prevention and protection against human and child trafficking’

A two-day peer instruction: “Prevention and protection against human and child trafficking” was held in Belgrade, that brought together 23 young people, high school students and college students, throughout Serbia. Topic of the training was the education of young people about this phenomena, and the ultimate goal is the selection and further specialization of six …

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Round table on “Forced Begging as a Form of Human Trafficking” Held Online

ASTRA – Anti-trafficking Action organized an online expert meeting on “Forced Begging as a Form of Human Trafficking” on December 21, 2023. The event was conducted within the framework of the project “Begging (In)visible Exploitation Around Us,” supported by SMART BALKANS – Civil Society for a Connected Western Balkans. The goal of the project “Begging …

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