Stopping Traffic: Building Counter-Trafficking Networks in Europe

January 1, 2002

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This Project built upon the achievements of the DfiD funded Project, Developing Minimum Standards for Professionals in the Balkans Responding to the Trafficking of Women and Girls for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation, by enabling networking and exchange between the Balkans countries to extend learning and knowledge of best practice in counter-trafficking, and by extending the training for trainers (TfT) model to three major EU destination countries.

Aims and Objectives:

  • conduct the TfT programme in Romania, which has become a major country of origin and transit in the region, and which, in May 2001, established a national anti-trafficking task force;
  • work with the Balkan participants to adapt the TfT curriculum and pre-reading materials for use in western European destination countries, and run the course alongside trainers from the Balkans in Italy, Denmark and the UK;
  • create a mechanism for ongoing networking and exchange between all trainees;
  • provide access to all internet resources developed for the DfID Project to direct beneficiaries of the STOP Project, in order to enhance best practice in European counter-trafficking work.

Main Outcomes:

  1. A work/time plan was designed for the execution of all Project tasks, including a separate task list for partners. All pre-reading materials were adapted and translated for use in Romania.
  2. The TfT course and subsequent follow-up day was run in Romania – 25 participants attended this course.
  3. Six qualified trainers from the Balkan TfT courses were identified and facilitated to train alongside the Project team on the three destination country courses.
  4. The pre-reading materials, training course outline, timetable and all course materials were adapted and translated for use in the three destination countries.
  5. The TfT courses and subsequent follow-up days were run in the UK, Denmark and Italy – 64 participants were trained in total.
  6. All participants’ course work was collated, translated and assessed in preparation for the qualification.
  7. All relevant materials were uploaded to the website www.stoppingtraffic.org
  8. The Project was also instrumental in helping to establish networks and formal partnerships between Balkan trainers and EU partners and participants.
  9. The Project training team helped to instigate, and played an active part in, media coverage of the TfT course, and the work of NGOs and law enforcers on counter-trafficking.
  10. Recommendations on counter-trafficking were drafted at the end of each of the follow-up days, and will be sent to appropriate government departments in the UK, Italy, Denmark and Romania.
  11. A website: www.stoppingtraffic.org (expired November 2005).

Grant Holder: CWASU

Sponsor: The STOP EU Programme