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Lampas Foundation is partner in “Training for Raising Awareness and Understanding about the Trafficking of Humans in Europe” project
Lampas Foundation is partner in the project: Training for Raising Awareness and Understanding about the Trafficking of Humans in Europe.
The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Transfer of Innovation.
Partners:
Contractor: The Sheffield College (UK) www.sheffcol.ac.uk/
Co-ordinator: Inova Consultancy Ltd (UK) www.inovaconsult.com

  1. Fundaţia Lampas (RO) www.lampas.ro
  2. Frontida Zois (EL) www.frontidazois.gr
  3. Regione Emilia-Romagna from Bologna (IT) www.Regione.emilia-romagna.it

Implementation period:
October 2013 – September 2015

The main aims:
• To train frontline staff (focusing on the social care sector) in a unique and tailored blended learning package introducing and outlining the topic of Human Trafficking (HT) and how to identify potential victims and/or perpetrators, as well as highlighting the causes and effects of HT in Europe.
• To put policy into VET training practice by developing the first pan-Europen online course designed to raise awareness amongst workers in Social Care sectors in Europe
• To support European organisations in fulfilling their legal requirements of providing training for frontline workers in Human Trafficking awareness (as required by EC Directive of April 2013).

Objectives:
• To transfer and adapt a raising awareness course in the prevention of HT from UK to partner countries of RO, EL, IT to workers in social work sector organisations where they are dealing with people who could be vulnerable/victims of HT via the transfer of the Human Traffic Uncovered VET online training course.
• To pilot the adapted version of 'Human Trafficking Uncovered' with relevant target group members in partner countries using blended methodology
• To develop a European network of VET professionals with interest in developing HT VET courses
• To develop an online European Training Academy for Trainers and Professionals Working to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking.

Expected results:
- A blended learning programme combining face to face delivery (introductory seminar), e learning and Learning Sets (face to face groups for reflective learning)
- New adapted versions of the e learning Human Trafficking Uncovered course in all partner languages (EN, RO, IT, EL)
- A European Online Academy  for trainers and professionals working to raise awareness of human trafficking with content in all partner languages (EN, RO, IT, EL).

 

 

Newsletter Project OPEN – 28.08.2013

 

The poor economic and social standards and the desire for a higher standard of living, the lack of job opportunities in Romania and attractive job offers abroad are the most important defining elements for those who are thinking about going abroad.

A  survey conducted by the Romanian Institute of Evaluation and Strategy in October 2012, with a sample size of 1,289 individuals of 18 years and over, revealed that 51% of the respondents would like to live in Romania, the other respondents prefer Germany, Italy, France, Spain and other countries,  majority  European countries.  In 2012, 4 of 10 Romanians say they intend to work abroad. The younger the respondents are, the higher is the proportion of those who were thinking about a job abroad. About a quarter of those who say that have the intention to work in another country have thought to permanently leave the country. 86% of those who have worked abroad state it was a successful experience. One of four Romanians (25.3%) declares that they "had enough" of Romania, being more prevalent among young people. 

Even if can be a long way from "saying" to "doing", many of those who said they would go to another country, already have a plan in mind, knowing where, when, with whom and what they’ll do abroad, as we can read from another survey conducted for the Business Magazine by the 360insights, a market research company. It becomes clear that there is a need to raise awareness and provide information on mobility, empowering individuals to explore all available options and their consequences, helping them to establish realistic and positive prospects for themselves. So, individuals should be able to make informed individual decision about whether to migrate or not and under which conditions, having the necessary knowledge to check any offer they get and being informed about the conditions of transit and destination countries, the main rights and obligations of the Romanian employees on the EU labor market, as well as about living and working conditions in EU.
Through OPEN project Lampas Foundation is actively engaged in informing, counseling and mentoring young women in the process of migration and raising awareness of trafficking among general public, social organizations and mass-media. Lampas Foundation has developed and implemented the following activities: information sessions in schools to raise awareness about human trafficking; prevention campaigns and distribution of informational materials targeting young people; counselling, orienting and informing graduating students, employees, unemployed people about the proper working conditions, rights and responsibilities on the labour market, national and international legislation, legal ways of employment; mediation to counselling centres and other organizations that can offer further information and support; educational sessions in high schools and vocational schools about the risks of illegal work  and on how to avoid such risky situations; workshops with professionals for exchange of experience in the field of labour mobility with the purpose of identifying effective methods of reducing the vulnerability of risk groups.

The good experience of Lampas Foundation is an interdisciplinary networking with authorities and public institutions, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations and other civil society representatives competent in the prevention of human trafficking.

In cooperation with the National Agency Against Human Trafficking we organized educational session for caregivers and youths being in a foster home of the General Department of Social Assistance and Child Protection from Bihor county. Youths without homes, who previously left the orphanages/foster homes are predisposed at exploitation and trafficking and they are in need of our information, counseling and assistance services.

We envisage to expand prevention activities by exploring hidden forms of exploitation and to expand the geographical area of the activities to the whole western region of the country. We plan to organize workshops and seminars targeting representatives of churches, NGOs, trade unions, institutions of education and various state institutions in order to increase their capacity to address the problem of trafficking.
We’ll involve youths in the creation, development and implementation process of prevention campaigns in schools in order to obtain efficient results. In this case, from beneficiaries, the youths become creators and implementing agents. Youths who participate in this kind of activities enjoy enhanced self-esteem and motivation, gain social skills, and they can work together with  adults as partners. There is an ancient proverb that says: Tell me… I forget, show me… I remember, involve me… I understand.
                                                   

Ottilia Vura
Project coordinator and counselor, Lampas Foundation, Romania
Calea Clujului,  No. 63, RO-410053
Mail: ottilia.vura@open-vij.org

 

 

Continuation of the project “OPEN for young women Orientation, Perspectives and European Network”


The project OPEN was prolonged for one year. OPEN is an international project of prevention, counseling services and chaperonage for young East European women, aged between 18 and 30 years.
Period of implementation: June 2013 – May 2014.

Project goals:
The project intends to make a contribution to prevent human trafficking and sexual as well as labour exploitation of women from Eastern Europe and to limit/constrict it. This goal shall be reached as follows:

  • Prevention of trafficking in women and labour exploitation already in the countries of origin through counseling personally and through consciousness raising activities (for example awareness campaign) via internet, visits of schools, universities and youth groups.
  • Establishment of new and expansion of existing counseling centers in the named eastern European countries
  • Chaperonage and support of young female migrants during their stay in Germany (educational  training, leisure activities, support in crisis or emergency situations)
  • Support in developing future perspectives (return to countries of origin) through counseling services
  • Networking of the counseling centers in eastern Europe with those in Germany
  • Informing about internship-, volunteering- and au pair positions
  • Exchange of expertise between counselors in East and West
  • Networking of young women that returned to their countries and those who are at the moment staying in Germany
  • Training of counselors in East and West.

Organizations and cooperation partners:

  • Verein für internationale Jugendarbeit

Bundesverein e.V. - Urbanstr. 44, D - 70182 Stuttgart
Landesverein Bayern e.V. - Glockenhofstraße 14, D - 90478 Nürnberg
Landesverein Württemberg e.V. - Moserstr. 10, D - 70182 Stuttgart
Landesverein Bayern e.V. - Friedrich-Loy-Str. 16, 80796 München

  • Baden Württemberg Alliance against Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution, Stuttgart
  • „Stop dem Frauenhandel” („Stop trafficking in women”) an ecumenical org.– Jadwiga Counseling Centre München
  • Lampas Foundation, Oradea, Romania
  • German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU), Odessa, Ukraine
  • Cultural and educational center  „Nürnberger House ”, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

 

 

Workshop within the project: “OPEN for young women Orientation, Perspectives and European Network”


"Sharing best practices and experiences in the fight against human trafficking"
16-17 April 2013, Oradea
The aim of the workshop was to exchange experiences in the fight against human trafficking between the project team from Romania, Germany and Ukraine and professionals involved in preventing and combating trafficking in persons, in the assistance and protection of victims, and knowledge of national and local approaches to reduce vulnerability risk groups.

The event was attended by project team members from: Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit from Germany, Nürnberger House in Charkiw, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU - Odessa), Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Catherine of Kiev, Lampas Foundation together with representatives from the Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District and Romanian specialists from the following organizations:

  • National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons – regional center of  Oradea;
  • Generaţie Tânără Timişoara;
  • Police Inspectorate of Bihor County, Analysis and Crime Prevention Compartment;
  • Brigade to Combat Organized Crime Oradea, service to Combat Human Trafficking;
  • General Department of Social Assistance and  Child  Protection, Bihor County;
  • People to People Foundation  from Oradea;
  • Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism.

OPEN is an international project of prevention, counseling services and chaperonage for young East European women, aged between 18 and 30 years.
Period of implementation: June 2011 –  May 2013.

Our project is based on a network of counseling centers in Ukraine, Romania, Russia and Germany. In these centers, young women are counseled and chaperoned competently before they migrate, while they are staying in Germany and when returning to their country of origin. We offer:

  • Information and protection against labour exploitation and human trafficking
  • Information and support related to international programmes  (volunteering 

            programme, au pair, etc.)

  • Accompany and advise during the stay in Germany, even in crisis and 

            emergency situations

    • Networking of Eastern European and German vij-counselling centers
    • Chaperonage in returning to the country of origin.

     

     

     

     

    European conference: Labour Exploitation in Europe – Do we close our eyes?

     

    June 7 – 9th, 2013
    at Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll, Germany

    VIJ and the project partners - AIDRom, Diakonie Bremen, Lampas Foundation, within the European project An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through an European network”, organized the European Conference, which took place in Bad Boll near Stuttgart, Germany,  between 7-9th  June 2013.

    The aim of this conference were to public disseminate the project results. The event was attended by counselling centres for migrants and for victims of human trafficking; NGO’s, church-groups, municipality, trade unions, judges, lawyers and public prosecutors specialized in labour law, law enforcement officers, customs, people concerned, anybody dealing with migration and interested in labour and migration policy.

     

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    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

    Interdisciplinary training in Oradea

    Foundation Lampas in collaboration with the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, Regional Centre Oradea, held on 14th February 2013 an interdisciplinary training for specialists working in the field of trafficking in human beings.

    The training were organised within the European project An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European networkHOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009, implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    The aim of the training was to inform and train persons with multiplier effect using the multilingual guide to “promote good practices in preventing trafficking in persons for forced labor” as a tool in the fight against human trafficking for forced labor.
    The meeting was attended by representatives of the following institutions and organizations:
    - National Agency against Trafficking in Persons - Regional Centre Oradea
    - Brigade to Combat Organized Crime Oradea, service to Combat Human Trafficking
    (BCCO Oradea)
    - General Department of Social Assistance and Child Protection, Bihor County
    - Police Inspectorate of Bihor County, Analysis and Crime Prevention Compartment
    - School and university
    - Caritas Eparhial, Oradea
    - People to People Foundation, Oradea.

    The main topics of discussion were ways to prevent and combat trafficking in persons for forced labor, local solutions of cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, exchange of best practices and experiences between representatives of organizations from the public area, NGOs and state institutions, focusing on practical guidance.
    The participants appreciated that it wasn’t a simply presentation of the phenomenon, but a very interactive training, using a comprehensive and integrative methodology involving not only one trainer, but speakers/ trainers with collaborative attitude from different organisations with different experience. Also, it was valued each member’s contribution and they were encouraged and supported to plan future activities of prevention at their workplace. The learning methods were mostly informal and based on interactive discussions, including questions and answers session. The human trafficking awareness videos and the testimony of victims had a seemingly impact on the participants, who could understand better the recruitment process of the victims, the consequences of this phenomenon on the victims and society.

     


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    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through an European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

     

    Launching of the booklet in Oradea

     

    "Lampas Foundation"  and the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania in collaboration with the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, Regional Centre Oradea and the Women’s Union from Bihor, launched  in the framework of  the conference the multilingual guide: "Promoting good practices in the prevention of trafficking in persons through forced labour", organized within the project "An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network" HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009.

    The event took place on 28th January 2013, 10.00-15.00, in the small Hall of Oradea municipality mayoralty, Piata Unirii, nr. 1, Oradea.

    Launching Conference of the multilingual guide aimed the dissemination of good practice models in the fight against trafficking in persons through forced labor in Romania and Germany. 

    The event attracted a high number of participants and mass-media representatives, thus the news of the existence of the booklet could spread, fulfilling the initial objective of “increasing degree of knowledge concerning the booklet”.
    The participants highlighted the importance of having such a booklet promoting best practice in prevention, identification and assisting victims of trafficking for forced labour and providing useful information for those who are working with people who need information regarding safe work and the risk of trafficking, especially nowadays when the economical crisis constrains more and more people to search for better paid jobs abroad in order to provide a decent life for their families, many of them are not aware of the risks of trafficking being attracted of “success stories” of other workers in a foreign country.

     

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                                                                                      ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

     

    European Conference on the EU Anti-trafficking day


    An informed person is a protected one”
                                                       16-18th  October 2012, Bucharest

    With the occasion of the EU Anti-trafficking day, AIDRom and the project partners -Diakonie Bremen - Germany, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit Stuttgart - Germany, Lampas Foundation Romania, within the European project An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European networkHOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009, organized the European Conference: “An informed person is a protected one”.

    The event took place in Bucharest, on the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Gafencu Conference Hall, on the 17th  October 2012, between: 10:00 – 16:30.

    The aim of the conference was to inform stakeholders of the project regarding progress, to exchange best practice, gathering opinion leaders, local/international activists from different fields of work and give incentive for further cooperation and to increase the degree of awareness concerning trafficking for labour exploitation on national and international level. 

    The event was attended by representatives from 20 countries:  State Institutions, NGO’s, Church representatives, experts in the fight against trafficking in persons.

    Most of the participants highlighted the importance of networking, especially in this field of combating and preventing human trafficking. Participants had the occasion to intensify the existing contacts and to build up cooperation between representatives of different national and international organisations and also to exchange experience between specialists working in this field.

    The event was organized in cooperation with the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons and hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

     


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                                                                                      ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

    Elaboration of the brochure


    Within the project "An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network" HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009, implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany,  was elaborated the brochure: “What do I need to know in order to work safely in Germany? We can help you, if you would like!”.

    The brochure contains information about the project (aim, who implements the project), definition of human trafficking, the purpose of the brochure, questionnaire that has to be completed before accepting a work place, useful tips in order to avoid a traffic situation.
    This part includes information about working, studying, volunteer and au-pair stages in Germany, conditions somebody has to fulfil in order to get a job, information about which documents somebody has to take along when going abroad, how to check in detail any offer received, information about health issues in Germany, opportunities abroad (German language classes, how to open an account, contacts for apartments and other contracts, driving car) and repatriation in homeland.

     

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                                                                                 ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

    Look and Learn Workshop in Oradea

     

     

    The event took place on 12th of March 2012 in Oradea and was organized within the European project An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through an European networkHOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009, implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    The aim of the workshop was to gather opinion leaders, local activists from different fields of work to give incentive for further collaboration and for exchange of experience and shared development in the field of labour mobility and prevention of labour exploitation and better knowledge of national and local backgrounds of potential victims for reducing the vulnerability of high risk groups.
    The event was attended by project team members from Romania and Germany, by representative of the Western Reformed Church District, RO,  by invited not local specialists (Regional Office of the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons from Iasi county, RO; counsellor, In Via, DE; Association of German Trade Unions, DE) and by representatives of regional Romanian government organisations: Organised Crime Unit of the Police of Bihor county, RO;  National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, Regional center Oradea; European Employment Service (EURES) counsellor, Regional Office of the National Agency for Employment Bihor county, RO; Regional Office of the National Agency for Social Affairs and Child Protection Bihor county, RO.
    Also,  the counselling centre from Oradea was visited.
    This was the first Look and Learn visit, other visits will take place at the other project partners in Iasi, Stuttgart and Bremen from Germany.

     

     

     

    Training of trainers


    7-8th February 2012

    Educational counsellors and school psychologists were trained from 12 high schools from Oradea. The overall objective of the training of trainers was to build the capacity of participants to design and deliver anti-trafficking programs in schools by informing students about the risks and consequences. The training was organised in cooperation with the  National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, Regional center Oradea, within the project "An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network" HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009. The project implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    Specialists with experience in the domain of preventing and combating human trafficking were invited to share their knowledge.
    During the training sessions, participants were encouraged to participate fully and interactively in acquiring new knowledge and skills and different types of learning was facilitated, e.g. learning about relationship between subject matter and real life situations, learning how to apply knowledge required in their school. The discussion among participants on challenges they anticipate (e.g. disinterest of youths) on organizing informational sessions in schools lead to solutions for overcoming them by involving students in informational sessions in an active way that incorporates their own experience.  

    The most important benefit of this training was the equipment of participants with different strategies, skills and knowledge to motivate and empower students on confronting human trafficking.

    Networking with other schools and organizations from this region was considered as being very important in overcoming this phenomenon and as a result of this workshop, 13 partnership agreements were completed with schools, which permit further collaboration.

    All participants received a folder with informational materials (documentary film, national mechanism to identify and refer victims of trafficking, brochure about internet and child exploitation).  


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                                                                                      ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

    “OPEN for young women”


    Entering Germany? – Safely!
    Maybe you have heard or read, that repeatedly young women are forced into exploitive relationships – forced prostitution or labour exploitation. If you know your rights and possibilities you are able to avoid those situations  - we help you to do so! Human trafficking really takes place!
    Who are we?
    Our project  „OPEN for young women“ addresses young women between 18 and 30 years and is based on a network of counselling centers in Ukraine, Romania, Russia and Germany. In these centers we counsel and mentor young women reliably and competent before they leave their country, while they are staying abroad and when they return to their home country.
    How do we help you?
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    All the contacts and information are confidential!
    Contact us in Romania:
    Vura Ottilia,
    Counselor and Project Coordinator Romania
    "Lampas"  Foundation
    Arany Janos Street,  Nr. 6, Oradea   
    Mobil : 0040 764 043 989
    E-Mail ottilia.vura@open-vij.org
    www.open-for-young-women.org

     

     

    Awareness raising campaign among young people at high risk

     

    1-2nd February, 2012

    The awareness raising campaign was organized within the European project “An informed person is a protected one” – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labor through a European network HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009.  The project is implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    The aim of this campaign was to inform students in terminal years from high schools and vocational schools about the risks of trafficking. 
    The campaign was organized on 1-2nd February 2012, in the form of round tables, where specialist from the field of preventing human trafficking were invited to share their experience: Mr. Gheorghe Ungur and Mrs. Simona Dejeu from the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, regional center Oradea.
    To illustrate the phenomenon of human trafficking, case studies, documentary films were presented, followed by debates and distribution of informational materials. Most of the informed students were impressed of the real consequences of human trafficking, pointing out that they will take care when looking after a job abroad and making the commitment to inform their friends about this phenomenon.

     

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                                                                                      ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

     

    National workshop

     

    The workshop will be organised within the European project  “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labor through a European network HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009. The project is implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    The event will take place on 2-3 November  2011 at the “Lorantffy Zsuzsanna” Center, located at Str. Libertății, nr.40, Oradea.
    The aim of this workshop is the exchange of experiences in the field of labor migration and labor exploitation and development of a common methodology in approaching potential victims of labor exploitation.

     


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                                                                                      ISEC 2010
    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs

     

     

     

     

    Awareness raising action among high school students


    17-20th October 2011
    With the occasion of the EU Anti-trafficking day, Lampas Foundation organised an awareness raising action among high school students within the “OPEN for young women, Orientation, Perspectives and European Network”.
    The action was organised in cooperation with the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, regional center Oradea.

    The aim of this action was to broaden the students knowledge about the risks of human trafficking and to influence student’s attitude towards this phenomenon, developing a preventive behavior.
    We organized round tables for high school students and presented: theoretical aspects of the phenomenon of human trafficking, promoting human rights, forms and stages of human trafficking, the traffickers recruitment techniques, dangers of working abroad, specify institutions with a role in preventing human trafficking and provide contact information, informing students on the techniques and methods to prevent human trafficking and illegal migration.
    Presentation of sequences from movies describing  human trafficking and real cases, followed by their discussion in which to highlight human rights violations, consequences and risks on individuals.
    Volunteer students from the National College “Mihai Eminescu”, Oradea, presented a short  theatre play on human trafficking to 86 high school students from different schools from Oradea. The volunteer students took up the challenge to become activists in this action against human trafficking. The play draw attention to the most common recruitment techniques of traffickers. After the theatre play, Mrs. Indrieș Ioana and  Mr. Capriș Florin from the Police Inspectorate of Bihor County, Mr. Gheorghe Ungur from the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons and Mrs. Vura Ottilia, coordinator Lampas Foundation, presented the phenomenon of human trafficking as a whole for the students with the aim of being able to identify the forms of human trafficking, the most common recruitment techniques of traffickers, the consequences of human trafficking, steps to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking and institutions with a role in preventing human trafficking and contact details.

     

     

     

    Launching of the project “OPEN for young women”

     

    The Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit (vij)  together with the Bündnis gegen Menschenhandel und Zwangsprostitution Baden Württemberg (Baden Wurttemberg Alliance against Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution) have initiated an international  consulting and Educational Programme for Young Educational and Job-Seeking Female Migrants from Eastern Europe with the Purpose to Prevent Human Trafficking and Exploitation at Work. The pilot project will last two years in the first phase and it was launched on first June 2011.Besides the vij National Association, also the vij State Associations of Bavaria and Wurttemberg take part in the programme.

    The project aims to enable young East European women between 18 and 30 years of age to migrate from their countries of origin to the countries of destination and back in security and without fear. The initial focus will be on countries such as Ukraine and Romania, as countries of origin. The intention is to advise, chaperone, and provide qualification for the young women before, during and after their migration phase so that they will gain sustainable perspectives and orientation. Assistance may be offered in the form of support groups, career advice, job search, and support for starting into self-employment.

    OPEN stands for Orientation, Perspectives and European Network and militates for a Europe in which young women can move freely and safely.

    Cooperation partners:

    1. Baden Württemberg Alliance against Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution, Stuttgart
    2. „Stop dem Frauenhandel” („Stop trafficking in women”) an ecumenical org.– Jadwiga Counseling Centre München
    3. Lampas Foundation, Oradea, Romania
    4. German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU), Odessa, Ukraine
    5. Cultural and educational center  „Nürnberger House ”, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

     

     

    Launching the European project “An informed person is a protected one”

     

    The launching of the European project “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labor through a European network HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/THB-009, took place on 25th August 2011, between 10:00-13:00 and was hosted by the Prefecture of Iasi County, in the Yellow Hall (located at Str. Anastasie Panu, nr. 60, Iaşi).  The project is implemented in the period 7 June  2011 - 6 June 2013, by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with Lampas Foundation - Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit in Stuttgart - Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen in Germany.
    The project aims to combat trafficking in human beings for labor exploitation, one of the most dramatic human rights violations and one of the most lucrative criminal activities of our days.

    The activities will take place in the 24 months implementation period (07 June 2011 – 06 June 2013) in the 4 cities where the counselling centers are located (Iasi, Oradea, Stuttgart, Bremen) and Bucharest.

    The general objective of the project is combating trafficking for labor exploitation  through the establishment of an EU interdisciplinary public-civil society network  and elaboration of multilingual booklet promoting best practice in prevention, identification and assisting victims of trafficking for labor exploitation.
    Specific objectives: awareness raising among workers/employers regarding the  status of the employee and the risk of illegal work; counseling of potential victims  in sectors prone to exploitation; elaboration of information brochure for employers/recruitment agencies aimed at preventing and dealing with trafficked persons in sectors like agriculture/construction/ domestic work; strengthening of 4 counseling centers for information on labour migration and prevention activities against the danger of trafficking for labor exploitation; elaboration of multilingual booklet promoting best practice in prevention, identification and assisting victims  of trafficking for labor exploitation.
     The project makes existing best practice visible, explores transferability to other  countries and feeds into EU debates on the issue, e.g. with a European conference around Anti-trafficking day. Results and examples of best practice will be summarised in a multilingual booklet.  Through this we hope to contribute effectively to the general objective of combating trafficking for forced labour through the establishment of an EU interdisciplinary public-civil society network and elaboration of multilingual booklet promoting best practice in prevention, identification and assisting victims  of trafficking for labor exploitation.
     The project is trying to establish a mechanism of cooperation between different actors: churches, trade unions, NGOs, public institutions, thus taking up recommendations of each year´s EU anti-trafficking day. Thus, it is innovative in its approach of bringing church, trade union and state actors together.

     

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    “An informed person is a protected one – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour through a European network” - with the financial assistance of the programm Fight Against Organized Crime of the European Union , European Commission – DG Home Affairs