Over the past two decades, socio-economic and political disturbances in the Western Balkans lead to a sudden increase of illegal migration. Although the region is recently undergoing a phase of political stability, human trafficking remains a core problem. A well known fact is that human trafficking is mostly prevalent among the various vulnerable groups living at the margins of society.

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Our aim

We aim to promote a renewed perspective and understanding of human trafficking as a societal challenge faced by all countries in the region. We achieve our goals by improving decentralized social services of governmental and non-governmental institutions catering to the needs of vulnerable groups and strengthening capacities of organizations dealing with social inclusion and integration programmes for persons affected by human trafficking.

GIZ - German Development Cooperation

As a federal owned enterprise the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development in more than 130 countries worldwide. Most of GIZ activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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General about HT and mindshift

A Human Trafficking is not only a crime. It is also a social problem with a complex network of root causes and knock-on effects. Much has been done to ensure that human trafficking is high up on the political agendas of the Governments of the former Yugoslavian countries and of international actors. The region has responded to the challenges of HT by a better coordination and cooperation of border police units and legislative reforms as to align domestic legislation with international standards.

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The publication from our Sustainability Week on Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking and Improving Social Inclusion is available now. You can access and download it here.

Our Regional conference Sustainability Week on Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking and Improving Social Inclusion focused on developing cross-sector partnerships for sustainable social services delivery in the region.

Our first Newsletter gives a breif overview of chosen activities from all four countries in the first six months of 2013.
SPPHT Newsletter Issue 1

The SPPHT Team


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GIZ Project: Regional Programme on Social Protection and Prevention of Human Trafficking