KMOP

 

Challenge

Trafficking in human beings (THB) is a criminal phenomenon and major violation of individual fundamental rights and human dignity. It is prohibited by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and addressed through a legal and policy framework which places focus on the need for human rights-based and gender-specific approaches, given that it is most commonly reported form within the EU is for sexual exploitation (67%), with the majority of victims being women and girls (95%).

The illegal and highly isolating condition of women victims of trafficking (VoT) has two major repercussions on their well-being: on the one hand, being involved in an illicit activity makes them unable to access the labour market through legal means, especially in the case of third-country nationals (TCNs),on the other hand, being under the strict control of their traffickers, or simply detached from the broader social system of their host societies, as well as they lack knowledge of or access to the rights.

Southern Europe countries demonstrate high level of THB, while they lack the instruments to counter this phenomenon, which requires stronger and coordinated action at national and EU level.

Innovation

By developing a healing process comprising psychological recovery and employment-related skills acquisition, HEAL aims at facilitating the integration of third-country national (TCN) women victims of trafficking (VoT) for sexual exploitation in Italy, Greece, Spain and Romania.

Action

Common understanding of needs and networking among key actors

This action includes the mapping of the target groups (TCN VoT, employers, and needs assessment research, as well as the networking among key actors. The main activities are as following: focus groups with TCN women VoT, workshops with service providers and interviewswith employers, local round tables.  The main goal of this activity is to collect best practices across EU.

Recovery and Integration Programme for Third-Country National women Victims of Trafficking

A multi-faceted Recovery and Integration Programme will be designed and delivered to TCN women VoT, incorporating two parallel and complementary elements: a series of sessions of psychological support using an alternative methodology of healing from the trauma of trafficking targeted to women VoT, and a multi-disciplinary training on employment and entrepreneurship to foster their economic independence and access to the labour market.

 

Local fanzines exhibition

Fanzines will be showcased, created by the women during the psychological support sessions in the respective country. Fanzines are an expressive tool, helping women elaborate their trauma using a combination of words and images to share their stories. Fanzines are informal, non-commercial, non-professional means of conveying feelings which are meant to stimulate women`s creativity and ensure their active role in their healing process, while following a psychological process in a safe and comfortable environment.

Peer to peer sessions

Women who directly took part in the Recovery and Integration Programme will be invited to participate as role models in 2 peer-to-peer sessions with other TCN women VoT from their personal networks or from the local community where project partners operate.

The topics discussed during the peer-to-peer sessions will be: the experience of human trafficking; the services of social, psychological and economic support they can benefit from; the skills needed to increase their employability; the HEAL programme and availability of the HEAL Database.

 

Funded by: AMIF

Duration: 01/10/2019- 31/09/2021

 

Project Partners

CESIE, Coordinator, Italy, www.cesie.org

KMOP

Surt, Fundacio De Dones Fundacio Privada, Spain, www.surt.org

Peace Action, Training & Research Institute of Romania, Romania, www.patrir.ro

LIbera - Associazioni, Nomi e Numero Contro le Mafie, Italy, www.libera.it

 

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This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of KMOP and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.