About the Project
The EU-funded project Moving Forward: Promoting Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings in Kosovo is a joint effort of the Family and Childcare Centre (KMOP), the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and the Center for Protection of Victims and Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings (PVPT) that aims to further advance the overall coordination of Anti-Trafficking (AT) efforts in Kosovo, as well as the way trafficking crimes are investigated and prosecuted, victims and witnesses are protected and service delivery is planned, managed and implemented in cooperation with the civil society sector. The project is funded by the EU Office in Kosovo under the IPA II Programme and will last from January 2017 until January 2020.
The Purpose / Overall Objective of the action, is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) in Kosovo by increasing the ability of the Kosovo institutions to effectively coordinate and implement all anti-THB efforts, in line with EU Acquis best practices and Kosovo’s overall development priorities.
The Specific Objectives of the project are three-fold:
- Enhance the strategic capability of law enforcement, judiciary, central and municipal government institutions and civil society to identify the threat, risk and harm of trends of THB;
- Strengthen capacities of institutions mandated to prevent, protect, investigate and prosecute criminal activities of human trafficking; and
- Strengthen and ensure sustainability of service provisions and reintegration process for Victims of Trafficking (VoT) and Potential Victims of Trafficking (PVoT).
In order to fulfil the abovementioned specific objectives, the following Results are foreseen:
R1: Increased engagement, participation and cooperation of national, regional and local stakeholders in/with the National Anti-Trafficking Coordination Mechanism (NATCM), as well as awareness on how to better respond to cases of human trafficking;
R2: Increased number of trafficking cases identified, investigated and prosecuted, as well as better and more systematic inter-institutional coordination and cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of such cases;
R3: Increased technical and financial capacity of CSO/NGO service providers – particularly shelters – to accommodate the needs of VoT and accordingly increase in the number of victims receiving tailor-made social support and reintegration services;
R4: Increased awareness among professionals and the general public about human trafficking.
This project will ultimately assist national and local authorities in Kosovo to effectively respond to trafficking cases through improved skills and capacity to coordinate anti-trafficking work, investigate and prosecute crimes, protect victims and witnesses and promote the social inclusion and reintegration of VoT. The latter will be realised through the outsourcing of social inclusion and reintegration programs to CSO/NGO service providers by means of a grant scheme mechanism. They will benefit from improved skills and capacity to develop, implement and monitor grant scheme projects targeting VoT/PVoT, hence being better positioned and equipped to assist VoT in their (re)integration process.
The final beneficiaries of the action and the grant scheme programme, VoT and PVoT will benefit from improved social support services at local and community level and thus better social inclusion and reintegration prospect in the long run. Last, but not least, the grant scheme for local CSO social service providers is expected to have positive effect to the whole service delivery system in the anti-trafficking field as it is expected to contribute to more effective prevention of THB on the one hand and on the other to a more diverse array of provided services and greater motivation among service providers.
Main areas of work
The partners will deliver services in the following areas of work grouped into four (4) CLUSTERS: