Anti-Trafficking News

justiceAfter 3 years of fighting in court, with many deadlines, JUSTICE was done! Three defendants, three convictions of approximately 30 years in total, 20,000 lei in damages.

Next is another difficult step in enforcing the sentence and making sure that our brave survivour actually receives the damages!

Thank you for your special work:

Daniela Grăjdan - Law firm
Grecu Nicoleta-Iuliana - Law firm
Stancu Adrian - for valuable advice
Thanks for the financial support:
IOM Romania - @ TaNGO project
International Justice Mission Romania



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human traffickingThe actual number of victims is much higher, including in Bihor county. The ability to identify, however, is low. Some end up being referred to specialized services such as our Foundation but unfortunately such providers are very few in the country. Many victims remain unidentified and do not benefit from any support to reduce the effects of abuse and trauma, remaining long-term, some even permanently, in a state of vulnerability or exploitation.

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anti trafficking rountable ineuThere is no real and effective collaboration between institutions working with vulnerable groups at the macro level!

Day III - Round table with authorities and institutions from the Ineu-Tileagd-Sacadat area

We identify from the discussions over the past few days, that it is much easier to find solutions to "eliminate" cases with major problems, to get rid of them from the community. But we avoid watching their evolution, making referrals to those who could help them solve and reduce their vulnerabilities, to monitor. We were just glad that the "evil" did not happen to us in our backyard.

However, it is excellent that problems are identified. The first condition is fulfilled. Because we discussed today more about begging and the obligation to practice prostitution, we analyze the legislative loopholes that do not support vulnerable groups in any way. For example children identified as begging in big cities - no notifications are sent to their communities. Individuals identified as practicing prostitution receive fines, cataloging them only. Social workers are absent from city halls, and if they exist, they or the referrers are overwhelmed with bureaucracy, having no time to actually go out into the field. Community nurses and health mediators are absent, the positions of school mediators have been reduced considerably. Although at the local level the institutions try to collaborate and make efforts, however, they depend on higher forums and legislative provisions that limit their activity and intervention.


anti trafficking posterDay III - interactive discussions with super curious students who were full of ideas from "puiu Sever" high school in Ineu.

Entering in depth in the subject of human trafficking, but at a level so simple as to be understandable to all, it is again confirmed that it is difficult to protect yourself as a child when you were born into a difficult environment, whether we are talking about poor families, families where there is a lack of an type of communication, families who are more interested in their image in society - too focused on earning and disconnected from children, broken families, etc.

THE MORAL - the victim of human trafficking can be anyone! VULNERABILITY - whatever it is, it is exploited to the maximum by others! Healthy family relationships, real communication reduce this risk!

A united community and attentive to its members, always vigilant is the goal!

We thank Mr. Ionel Cordovan for the great work and continue!



salonta roundtable discussion on anti traffickingDay II - round table with local stakeholders (social workers / referrals, doctors, teachers, priests, police officers, community nurses, non-governmental organizations, etc.) from the Salonta area in Bihor county

Together we approached the problem of human trafficking, the modalities of recruitment and forms of exploitation. Considering that most of the minor victims or persons with disabilities are recruited from public areas - train stations, buses - given that there are many students commuting to the cities, that there is a large number of vulnerable people or in an at risk situation, DETECTION of cases is vital.

The trafficking of people with its subtleties - most people are manipulated and constrained emotionally and psychologically to be kept in the exploitation situation - making this crime even more difficult to prove!


48% of human trafficking victims in 2018 were recruited by friends / acquaintances, anti trafficking class salonta
10% by their partner or husband,
89% recruited in person,
and 8% through the Internet!

Day II - a special meeting with the students from Salonta Agricultural High School, where we discussed of course about human trafficking - who are the recruiters, traffickers, forms of exploitation and especially how we can protect ourselves from this phenomenon. We also discussed how we can support our colleagues and friends - what strategies of resistance or support of the vulnerable can we develop. It's amazing how all the kids we meet have the knowledge and experiences that we, some adults, don't even imagine. We prefer to see them as ignorant, unknowing, unprepared, cheeky. We do not have time to listen to them, to talk openly with them about the topics that interest them - to find our support - we ignore their need for knowledge in their lives, we do not consider them prepared. They need us in turn to be responsible and informed adults.

DAY I - we are discussing with the wonderful children from the Husasau de Tinca High School about what we can do to avoid becoming victims of human trafficking.

Bright kids - but given that 43% of the victims in 2018 were minors, an entire community is needed to protect the future of these children! 

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EU anti trafficking day 2019Our "fight" against human trafficking is a daily one as we work alongside those who have survived human trafficking and their families. However, wanting to mark the European day of Anti-Trafficking - 18th October - we held a series of activities in communities together with the Bihor Prefect Insitute (coordinator of inter-institutional group against human trafficking) and CR Oradea Anitp.

Human trafficking and intervention in this area as well as the specificity of our beneficiaries - regarding protection and confidentiality - both from the point of view of security and the stigma and avoidance of victimization, prevent us from going out in public with details about our activity from the point of view of assistance! As the only provider of specialist assistance services in the Northwest area, the load of cases is sometimes overwhelming. However, prevention and awareness-raising activities are equally important in creating a safer community. Each of us, assuming its part, can improve the situation and the victims can be detected, assisted and the traffickers convicted!


1 anti trafficking roundtableDay I - Round table with local stakeholders from Tinca and he surrounding area. 

Given that the Bihor county is among the top 10 counties in Romania as a source of victims of human trafficking (according to statistics published by the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons), institutions, professionals, people with influence in the community as representatives of the church, have an especially important role in the DETECTION of potential of exploitation cases.

The representative of the Bihor Public Health Directorate - Dr. Racz Diana - the coordinator of the community health department, stressed the particularly important role that the community nurses and the health mediators, in collaboration with the Social Assistance Public Service have in detecting cases of those at risk or already exploited. Given that the participants discussed complementary factors that may contribute to the growth and maintenance of the phenomenon - drug use and trafficking, migration, school dropout, it is all the more important that everyone who can contribute to reducing the phenomenon will work much closer together and specifically in a coordinated way in combating this phenomenon!

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