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Referral of and assistance for victims of human trafficking in Europe
The Ministry of Interior of Hungary, the Ministry of Security and Justice of The Netherlands and Payoke vzw of Belgium submitted an application „Referral of and assistance for victims of human trafficking in Europe” (hereinafter RAVOT-EUR) for Action Grants under the Programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” 2012 ISEC General Call for Proposals of the European Commission.
The European Commission delivered a favourable opinion on the application, so the project could be officially launched on 1 February 2014, and by 31 January 2016 RAVOT-EUR may provide comprehensive solutions for the challenges posed by the hideous crime of trafficking in human beings. The main aim of the project is to provide the victims of sexual or labour exploitation with assistance in their return and social reintegration, and also to set up an online platform and devise an information manual that can be further used for professional and academic purposes. Another objective is to enhance cooperation among experts involved in the fight against human trafficking. The total budget of the project is 346 069 EUR, 311 462 EUR of which is provided by the European Union Specific Programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime”.
The main aim of the project is to develop a transnational referral mechanism among Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands. This would contribute to the assistance, safe return and referral of human trafficking victims and facilitate transnational networking and trust building among professionals. The two partner countries of the RAVOT-EUR – which was initiated and is led by Hungary – are Belgium and the Netherlands, the countries where Hungarian victims of human trafficking are found most frequently, so the cooperation has been established on a solid basis. It is important to recognize that trafficking in human beings is such a serious and hideous crime which severely violates human rights, and the international community can only fight against it through wide international cooperation. The RAVOT-EUR facilitates the development of a better understanding and increased trust among law enforcement authorities, NGOs, and all actors in the field of referring and assisting victims of human trafficking.
The outcome of the project is that the needs and problems of the victims, as well as the capacity and network of victim assistance services and NGO’s will become clear. In the framework of the project an information manual and a website will be developed, which will provide help in victim identification, assistance and the cooperation of experts. With the RAVOT-EUR, a new transnational referral mechanism will be set up in which the work of the organizations and parties involved, and the reintegration of the victims will be supported in a sustainable way. At the same time the project will use legal and institutional frameworks already existing at a national level and intends to satisfy the victims’ personal needs. A well-structured and unified transnational referral mechanism will enhance the safe return of the victims and contribute to the effective work of the organizations assisting them.
During the project three professional workshops were held in the three partner countries, involving international experts in order to discuss best practices and the different needs, circumstances and capabilities. In addition to the workshops, experts took part in study visits during which they had the opportunity to learn about the work of the Hungarian, Dutch and Belgian authorities, the quality of the services provided, and the operation of the transnational referral mechanisms.
We hope that the information manual and the website of the project will facilitate and significantly enhance the sustainability of the RAVOT-EUR, while bolstering transparency and providing experts and victims with an appropriate forum, a more simple way of getting in touch, and access to information.
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