Terre des hommes mission in Albania is implementing theproject Improving provision of services and awareness to combat Trafficking in Persons (TiP) in the Balkans, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo,funded by the U.S. Department of State through the J/TiP program.
The project aims to strengthen the capacities of service providers and governmental institutions to ensure provision of comprehensive services to victims of TIP in four (4) countries of the Balkan region. This initiative builds upon existing regional and national mechanisms promoting better collaboration and coordination for early identification and assistance to victims and potential victims of TIP, and broadens the spectrum of assistance and continuum of services for potential victims and victims of trafficking based on community level support.
The project is a joint effort of Terre des hommes Mission in Albania & Kosovo with six local partners in the four countries of intervention:
- The Initiative for Social Change – ARSIS and Different & Equal in Albania
- Association for action against violence and trafficking in human beings – Open Gate in Macedonia
- SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic in Montenegro
- Shpresë dhe Shtëpitë e Fëmijëve and The Center for Protection of Victims and Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings (PVPT) in Kosovo
Implementation time: February 2018- July 2020
Target countries: Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo
Budget: 700,000 USD
Ensure that victims and potential victims of TiP in the Balkans have access to comprehensive prevention, protection and reintegration services through functional national and transnational coordination mechanisms for identification, case management, and community based services.
Objective 1: Victims and potential victims of TiP in the Balkans have access to national and transnational coordinated and comprehensive services.
- Establish functional transnational cooperation mechanism to identify, protect and report TiP victims and potential victims using the harmonized SOPs across four countries.
- Develop and promote joint virtual regional platform for capacity building of professionals on the protection and assistance of victims of TIP.
- Develop national tailored models community based reintegration services for TIP victims and potential victims in collaboration with local NGOs.
Objective 2:Potential victims of TIP and targeted public in the Balkans are better informed about human trafficking.
- Conduct an awareness raising campaign to promote the use of national Help lines to identify potential cases of TiP by the public or other stakeholders.
- Conduct community – level campaigns and awareness activities for targeted audiences to be better informed about and prepared to recognize TiP cases among their community.
Main innovations of the project:
- Strengthening transnational cooperation in the Balkans on identification, referral and protection of TiP victims through unified SOPs.
- Fostering community based reintegration for TiP victims in the Balkan region.
- Modelling and empowering mentoring services for TiP victims.
- E-learning capacity building opportunities
- Regional joint awareness raising campaign
- The social services systems in the four countries benefit from piloting models on community based reintegration services and mentoring programs for TiP victims;
- Victims/potential victims of TIP assisted with community based reintegration services;
- Professionals trained on unified standard transnational operating procedures (SOPs) forthe protection of victims and potential victims of trafficking;
- Communities in 4 countries are informed on trafficking in person through usage of mainstream media and social media.
For further information on the project please contact:
Albania and Kosovo
Open Gate/La Strada Macedonia
SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic
+ 382 40 213 086
This project fact sheet was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.
Gift of the US Government