NATIONAL PROGRAM 2011

The National Commission for Combating Traffic in Human Beings (NCCTHB) annually develops a National Programme for Prevention and Counteraction of Trafficking in Human Beings and Protection of Victims. The 2011 National Program contains six strategic objectives under the six sections of the Program, where each objective to be achieved is supplemented by several activities which will facilitate this.

The main objective of the National Programme for 2011 for prevention and combating trafficking of human beings is the expansion of prevention activities among adolescents and their parents and teachers and also among ethnic minorities to prevent human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation and child trafficking. The document was approved at today’s cabinet meeting after it was adopted in February by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) and agreed by all involved in this work departments and institutions.

With regards to prevention, the programme focuses on raising the awareness of the public and the groups at risk on the issues of trafficking and the development of mechanisms to limit it. The programme proposes the establishment of a network of volunteers at the national and the local committees to support the work in combating trafficking and assisting the victims. The programme sets a goal to include prominent Roma leaders in the process of combating human trafficking among the Roma community.

Specialized training of the employees of the local commissions for combating trafficking in human beings, the magistrates and the officials of the Ministry of Interior and the National Security Agency are envisaged for building and strengthening the capacity of institutions working on the problem. Especially important in this regard is the training of officials at border checkpoints for methods of identifying victims.

The NCCTHB will open two new local commissions for combating trafficking in human beings in Ruse and Plovdiv with funds from the budget, projects and programs. In Sofia, the Commission is working on the launch of a state shelter for temporary accommodation of victims of trafficking.

The centers for protection will continue to provide medical and psychological assistance to the victims of trafficking. The victims of trafficking will be included in appropriate forms of education and training. The programme envisages the establishment of a work group which will prepare a mechanism for the development of a package of social services for social reintegration of the victims of trafficking.

An outline of the sections and main goals to be achieved can be seen below:

SECTION 1: INSTITUTIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEASURES
Strategic Objective:
– Building mechanisms for institutional support and development of administrative structures provided for in the Law on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at a national and local level, and ensuring their effective functioning.

SECTION 2: PREVENTION
Strategic Objective:
– Raising the awareness of the public and risk groups (women, children, ethnic minorities, the unemployed and the socially disadvantaged) on the problems of trafficking in human beings, developing mechanisms to curb this crime, and to create public intolerance for this crime.

SECTION 3: EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF STAFF
Strategic Objective:
– Increasing the capacity of the staff, structures and members of the NCCTHB.

SECTION 4: PROTECTION, RECOVERY AND REINTEGRATION OF
VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
Strategic Objective:
– Overcoming the consequences of trafficking in human beings and reintegrating victims into society by providing assistance and protection.

SECTION 5: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Strategic Objective:
– Developing international cooperation through exchange of good practice in the field of prevention and counteraction of trafficking in human beings, as well as presentation of the Bulgarian legislation, good practices and established bilateral and multilateral partnerships.

SECTION 6: LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Strategic Objective:
– Updating legislative measures to improve effective counteraction of trafficking in human beings in Bulgaria, in the context of European policies to combat this crime.

The full text of the 2011 National Program is only available in Bulgarian: download here