CONFRONT – Countering new forms of Roma children trafficking: Participatory approach

About the Project

The primary objective of this project, which is carried out simultaneously in six EU Member States, lies in building a better understanding on specific forms of child trafficking which are often linked – almost stereotypically – to the situation of Roma (e.g. begging with children). For this purpose, the project aims to actively seek to involve Roma organisations and discuss jointly ways to deal with the issue of child trafficking.

Project goals:

  • strengthening of child protection measures in relation to child trafficking in Europe, with emphasis on specific forms of child trafficking,
  • contributing to counter stereotypical images about Roma being affected by child trafficking, through the direct involvement of Roma groups,
  • strengthening of Roma as partners in action against child trafficking, including through sensitisation of all relevant anti-trafficking stakeholders and the development of pilot mediation activities in Austria.

Project Data

Country: Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania
Persons involved: Julia Planitzer, Helmut Sax, Astrid Winkler
Contact persons: Helmut Sax
Lead Organisation: Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), BG
Partner organisations: CENSIS Institut, IT; Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), GR; Center for Policy Studies/Central European University, HU; People in Need, SK; Soros Foundation Romania, RO
Project start: 07/2013
Project end: 06/2015
Project completed: Yes
Funded by: European Commission, Directorate General Home Affairs, ISEC Programme, Austrian Federal Ministry for Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Programme Line LBI-GMR: Human Dignity and Public Security