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Strengthening support and services for the victims of trafficking in human beings in Serbia

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings requires states parties to take measures, taking into account their security and protection needs, to help victims in their physical, psychological and social recovery.

In Serbia, the monitoring work of the Group of Experts on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings shows persistent and significant gaps in the availability of assistance measures tailored to the needs of victims. These relief efforts typically include residential homes that provide temporary and safe shelter for victims of human trafficking who cannot or do not want to return to their families immediately.

A shelter to support victims of human trafficking has been opened in Serbia since February 2019. To support the animal shelter, a specially designed training course was organized in March as part of the joint Council of Europe / EU campaign on “Preventing and combating human trafficking in Serbia”. The training provided an opportunity to analyze a range of practical questions that can help staff resolve complex and urgent needs victims face after being trafficked.

The action “Preventing and combating human trafficking in Serbia” is part of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II” – a joint program of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Its purpose is to support the beneficiaries in south-eastern Europe in complying with the standards of the Council of Europe and the acquis of the European Union, if necessary in the context of the enlargement process.

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