Study Session " Take an act!ion for Human Trafficking Prevention "




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Minorities of Europe
Study Session
Take an ACT!ion for Human Trafficking Prevention
European Youth Centre, Budapest,

18th – 25th November 2007





Supported By:

Why this study session?

MoE is a 'Pan European Inter-minority network' which seeks to support and assist the co-operation, solidarity and exchange between different minority communities and young people in Europe. In everyday work in different regions of Europe, i.e. Eastern and Western, Northern and Southern Europe as well as in Mediterranean region, the organization faces the situation when young people representing different minority communities are being trafficked or are in risk of being trafficked due to political, economical and social conditions in their countries. The statistics show that 85 % of the trafficked people worldwide are under the age of 30. The working experience of MoE, its consulates and member organizations and researches carried out in the above mentioned regions regarding the situation with trafficking in young people show that a lot of efforts have been put in planning and running actions for trafficking prevention on national and regional level, but there is a lack of International and Interregional cooperation. In some countries human right education is not promoted or even introduced even though it is a very effective tool for human trafficking prevention.



Basing on the above described situation and following the Strategic Development Plan of Minorities of Europe which focuses on having a range of programs and projects, which will meet the needs of young people, disadvantaged groups/communities in Europe, i.e. :

  • to develop study sessions with youth agencies which integrates their work with human rights and multi cultural issues,

  • to develop partnerships and networks with European partners who have similar aims as MoE,

  • to campaign for minority rights issues with partners to the relevant institutions in Europe;

  • to develop actions in the field of minority youth trafficking prevention, including the development of already existed structures working in this field



MoE has decided to organize this study session to give the opportunity for participants to exchange the experiences on prevention of human trafficking on national and regional level, in particular of minority youth, and plan and initiate International and Interregional cooperation for more effective action on either governmental and non-governmental levels in the field of minority youth trafficking prevention.

Aim of the Study Session
This study session seeks to look into ways to contribute to prevention of youth trafficking, in particular of minority youth trafficking by human rights education and other instruments, and to devise strategies and initiatives to support the development of actions for prevention of youth trafficking across Europe and in Mediterranean area.

Objectives of the Study Session


  • to share and analyse the experiences on the projects and activities aimed at prevention of youth trafficking, in particular of minority youth, implemented in countries represented by participants;

  • to introduce human rights education as an effective tool for prevention of human trafficking;

  • to discuss the role of human rights education in prevention of youth trafficking;

  • to develop strategies to promote sustainable human rights education with young people for prevention of trafficking in human beings, in particular in minority youth;

  • to review the opportunities for prevention of youth trafficking provided by the human rights education, the World Programme of Human Rights Education, the new European Commission’s “Youth in Action” Programme and Council of Europe;

  • to share and reflect on the practice to be used in future national and regional activities in human trafficking prevention;

  • to prepare common objectives, approaches and projects for prevention of youth trafficking, in particular of minority youth, on International and Interregional governmental and non-governmental levels;

  • to facilitate dialogue, support networking and co-operation among minority youth, organizations and other institutions and individuals active in the field of human trafficking prevention;

  • to gather contributions for the development of organisational strategies to better serve needs of minority youth today and in the future;



Methodology of the study session

The working methods of the study will facilitate the exchange of information, previous experience and will provide possibility for obtaining new knowledge and competencies. The study session is designed as a mutual learning situation, where participants can experience and compare different approaches to human trafficking prevention and intercultural learning in youth work. The projects and experien­ces of the participants will serve as a basis for reflection and discussion of good practice. Participants will be called upon to use their creative potential to experiment in the context of the working methods proposed by the programme of the study session. Contributions by participants and invited experts will give a broad picture of existing theories, initiatives, projects and approaches to human trafficking prevention within different intercultural contexts. Participants will be involved in a variety of methods – role plays, simulations, case studies and group work in order to explore concrete examples of methodological approaches to work with human trafficking related issues. Inputs and discussions in plenary sessions, thematic working groups and workshops on different approaches to address minority youth trafficking prevention will provide further knowledge and understanding of the issue. A particular emphasis will be put on exchanging educational practices and establishing links between the fields of youth work on intercultural learning and human rights education with the youth work on human trafficking prevention. Participants will have the opportunity to work on developing joint European youth projects aimed to human trafficking prevention, particularly prevention of minority youth trafficking. The study session and methods used will provide the possibility for participants to review the opportunities for prevention of youth trafficking provided by human rights education, the new European Commission’s “Youth in Action” Programme and Council of Europe. This will allow the participants to better integrate obtained knowledge and experience in their ongoing work.


Profile of participants
The Study session will bring together 35 participants who are:

  • active in human trafficking prevention, in particular youth and minority you trafficking prevention (activists, educators, trainers and youth workers)

  • willing to join and contribute to the development of the network and its strategies for prevention of human trafficking;

  • representing multicultural communities, collaborating with minority youth and motivated to develop their work on human trafficking prevention, in particular minority youth trafficking prevention.

  • interested in developing understanding of human rights education as an effective tools for prevention human trafficking.

  • able to make decisions for the organisation, if willing to join the network as organisations;

  • able to communicate in English;

  • preferably under 30 years of age (the exceptions from this rule are possible);

  • able to participate in the whole duration of the study session.



Practical and Financial conditions of participation
Dates:

Arrival day - Sunday 18th November 2007

Departure day - Sunday 25th November 2007
Venue:

European Youth Centre, Budapest


Working languages:

English is foreseen as the only one working language


Travel reimbursement & Enrolment Fee

An enrolment fee of 45 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses. For participants with travel costs lower than 45 Euros, the difference needs to be paid to Minorities of Europe at the EYCB during the course. Please note that limit stetted up by CoE for travel reimbursement is 350EUR.


Application procedure and selection of participants
All those interested in attending must submit application by e-mail by September 30 2007 (NEW extended deadline) at the latest.
The preparatory team will select 35 participants on the basis of the profile outlined above and ensuring a balanced group (gender, geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and organisations).

Preparatory team

The study session is being prepared by a team composed of:


Maksymilian Fras, MoE European Development, UK

Natalja Gudakovska, MoE Latvia

Rana Tahirova, YUVA Azerbaijan

Aleksandr Milov, MoE Latvia

Marius Jitea, Council of Europe

Please send all your questions and comments to Aleks at aleks@moe-online.com and sst07@moe-online.com








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