Preventing human trafficking among war refugees in Ukraine

The large number of refugees from Ukraine arriving in the Republic of Moldova since 24 February 2022 has put an additional burden on the shoulders of state officials in various fields, including overwhelming officials in the field of combating human trafficking Faced with such a large influx of refugees for the first time, public officials needed additional information support and best practices in the field of combating human trafficking among refugees.

Thus, from September to December 2022 the Public Association “Women for Contemporary Society” offered 12 specialized trainings to specialists from various fields, with the tasks of identification, compliance assistance and referral of human trafficking cases. The participants had the opportunity to learn about new trends in human trafficking, how to correctly identify victims of trafficking, prevent and combat the crime of human trafficking among refugees and local people.

The trainings were organized in the framework of the project “Prevention of human trafficking among war refugees from Ukraine”, implemented by the AO “Women for Contemporary Society”, within the grant program “Support for refugees under the umbrella of APSCF” offered by the Alliance of NGOs active in the field of Social Protection of Children and Family with the financial support of the donor Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Germany.

During 2022, partnerships were created with the General Inspectorate of Police, the Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare”, District Councils and Social Assistance Directorates of Calarasi, Straseni, Orhei and Anenii Noi districts, which facilitated capacity building of 389 representatives of the National Referral System in these regions, ensuring better training of the teams of these institutions.

It should be mentioned that within the same project was launched the Platform of Civil Society Organizations – “ANTITRAFFICKING” which aims to develop areas of intervention such as research on trafficking in human beings, cooperation and partnership building in combating this scourge, as well as participation in the development and implementation of policies in the field of preventing and combating trafficking in human beings. The Platform, through the partnerships it aims to develop, will also contribute to the strengthening of functional protection and assistance mechanisms for victims in countries of origin, transit and destination.

The project “Prevention of Human Trafficking among War Refugees in Ukraine” is implemented in partnership with APSCF, within the framework of the grant programme of the project “Support to Refugees under the umbrella of APSCF”, with the financial support of donor Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.