Victims and not criminals!

A child forced to commit an offence (theft, sale of drugs, etc.) in the course of his/her exploitation should not be prosecuted. Nevertheless, this legal provisions not yet fully implemented in various European countries. Consequently, many children are still considered as criminals.

 

PARIS

 

Within the framework of the ReACT project, a conference was organized in Paris (5 and 6 October). It brought together some 40 experts from 7 European countries to improve the identification and protection of child victims of trafficking for the purpose of forced criminality. Belgium has presented a unique initiative: the Esperanto center, which shelters child victims of trafficking.

ECPAT has trained more than 90 guardians on child trafficking

Within the framework of the ReACT project, ECPAT Belgium organized three trainings for the guardians of unaccompanied minors to improve the identification and the protection of child victims of trafficking.

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More than 90 guardians and frontline professionals attended the training.

In view of its success, the initiative will be reproduced in the next months in association with our partners: Guardianship Service, the Immigration Office, Caritas International Belgium as well as the centers for (minors) victims of trafficking.

Final conference of the ReACT project in Berlin

In order to close the ReACT project, a final conference was held in Berlin on 22 September.

49 field professionals from 10 countries (Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Turkey, Albania, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria) met to exchange experiences and best practices to prevent and fight trafficking.

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The end of a project but the beginning of sustainable initiatives to train guardians and lawyers.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Almost one third of the trafficked victims worldwide are children. The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is the occasion for ECPAT Belgium to remind the importance of prevention. In March 2017, we have published a brochure to inform migrant children potential victims of trafficking about their rights in Belgium. Please disseminate widely. Together, we must act against trafficking in human beings.

Blue Heart Campaign

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Meeting with the Vice President of the European Parliament

ECPAT Belgium was extremely honoured to meet with the Vice President of the European Parliament, Ms Sylvie Guillaume, in order to present the findings of the ReACT project.

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Ms Guillaume was very interested by the outcomes of the project and has disseminated them through her website. Many possibilities have been discussed to better identify and protect children presumed to be victims of trafficking.

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Athletes run for ECPAT!

Thanks to Umbali, athletes have run the 20km of Brussels for ECPAT Belgium.

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We warmly thank them for their commitment and for the money raised.

Can't wait for the Brussels Marathon!

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ReACT training on Ludo-Educational Activities

How to do awareness-raising on child trafficking with various publics? Which new and innovative methodologies can be used with this sensitive topic?

In partnership with Now.be, ECPAT Belgium has organized a training which gathered field professionals experts on the fight against human trafficking. Objective: be more familiar with ludo-educational activities, which are useful tools for the trainers to diversify methodologies, work on collective intelligence and anchor the content in a durable way with participants.

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Exactly what was needed to train guardians and lawyers in the framework of the ReACT project! All participants were extremely satisfied. A new era of interactive trainings on child trafficking in on the way.

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ReACT training for lawyers

On May 18, ECPAT Belgium organised a training for the Brussels Bar Association, in the framework of the ReACT project. This training was specifically aimed at lawyers working with unaccompanied foreign minors. It was given in collaboration with two shelters for victims of trafficking (Espéranto and PAG-ASA).

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Many fruitful exchanges occurred on how to better identify and protect child victims of trafficking. Given the satisfaction of the participants and the innovative nature of the training, this initiative will surely be duplicated in the future!

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ECPAT Belgium becomes Local Code Representative

ECPAT Belgium has been appointed as Local Code Representative in Belgium. This is an official recognition of the work we have been doing for so many years in engaging the tourism industry to better protect children's rights.

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For now on, we will be the contact point for any company based in Belgium which wants to raise awareness on the issue and train their staff.

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Bill of Rights for Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Following the first "Global Survivors' Forum" organized by ECPAT International and which took place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on November 18th 2016, the "Bill of Rights for Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse" was published.

This Bill of Rights is the result of a collaboration involving children and young people (most of them victims of sexual abuse or exploitation), as well as several local ECPAT offices. The results of the project demonstrated that one of the major barriers to children accessing justice is a low level of awareness of their rights. The Bill of Rights was therefore developed to inform children  about their right to effective access to justice and remedies.

In order to help professionals disseminate the tools, a Q&A has also been created.

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