UN.GIFT Joint Programme in Serbia Working to End Human Trafficking
The Steering Committee of the UN.GIFT Joint Programme in Serbia gathered in Belgrade to present the results achieved during the first year of the programme's implementation. The list of achievements of the last year of the UN.GIFT Joint Programme include research, trainings, legal clinics and a project fund to assist victims on trafficking.
The event was held in the Ministry of Interior of Serbia where the Chief of IOM Mission, Mr. Gregoire Goodsteing, welcomed participants and talked about the accomplishments of the UN.GIFT Joint Programme. The Joint Programme of IOM, UNHCR and UNODC under UN.GIFT to combat human trafficking in Serbia, together with the Serbian government aims to implement the National Action Plan. The programme builds on the achievements of existing initiatives and institutional arrangements, as well as on the acquired expertise of UN agencies in this field.
"UN.GIFT has identified Joint Programmes as a powerful means to assist countries in tackling human trafficking, drawing on the specific expertise of each of its partners," said Claudia Gioffre, programme development specialist with UN.GIFT.
The steering committee of the Joint Programme includes the national ministries involved in anti-trafficking work and representatives of main donors: Switzerland, Belgium, as well as the representatives of the implementing agencies. The committee presented the mid-term evaluation report of the Joint Programme together with the report on the counter trafficking national action plan of Serbia (2009-2011) with recommendations for the next National Action Plan.
To date the Serbia Joint Programme has achieved important results:
1. An assessment with recommendations for the reform of the agency coordinating victim protection
2. Research on different fields protection, prevention and prosecution
3. The Serbian version of the UNODC/Inter-Parliament Union Handbook for Parliamentarians on Combating Human Trafficking was provided to members of parliament
4. Curricula on human trafficking targeting social workers and law enforcement officials
5. A special protocol on proceedings for the judiciary in protection of victims of trafficking was elaborated
6. Four trainings for 60 judges, prosecutors and police officers were organized in partnership with the Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia;
7. Three legal clinics were organized at Law Schools in Novi Sad, Belgrade and Nis with the participation of 86 students
8. Three trainings for journalists were conducted in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Pazar for 35 journalists
9. One-on-one counseling sessions with 150 asylum seekers
10. Three projects were selected to received funds for direct assistance and social inclusion of victims of trafficking
11. Three projects were selected to received funds for anti-trafficking awareness raising campaigns