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 2013 National Program contains seven strategic objectives and 17 operational objectives under the seven sections of the Program, where each objective to be achieved is supplemented by several activities which will facilitate this.
SECTION 1: INSTITUTIONAL & ORGANISATIONAL MEASURES
– Building mechanisms for institutional support and development of the administrative structures provided by the Anti-Trafficking Act, on national and local levels and ensuring their effective functioning.
1. Expanding, guiding and controlling the activities of the Law on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.
2. Organization and coordination between the different departments and organizations with a view towards implementation of the Law on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and effective implementation of the policy and strategy for preventing and counteracting trafficking of people.
SECTION 2: PREVENTION
– Raising the awareness of the public and risk groups of trafficking (women, children, representatives of ethnic minorities, unemployed and socially disadvantaged) on the problems of trafficking in human beings.
1. Organising and conducting information, explanatory, and educational campaigns for risk groups regarding the trafficking of human beings on an international, national, and local level.
2. Creating public intolerance to human trafficking.
SECTION 3: EDUCATION & TRAINING OF STAFF
– Increasing the expertise of staff, structures and members of the NCCTHB.
1. Development and implementation of training programs for employees for the fulfilment of their functions in relation to the prevention and counteraction of trafficking in human beings and victim protection.
2. Improvement of the expertise and qualifications of the staff of the Secretariat of the NCCTHB and of the local committees of the NCCTHB, as well as the experts in the Permanent Working Group to the National Commission.
3. Raising the qualifications of police, prosecutors, judges and social workers engaged in the fight against trafficking in human beings.
SECTION 4: PROTECTION, RECOVERY AND REINTEGRATION OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
– Overcoming the consequences of trafficking in human beings and reintegration of victims into society through assistance, support, and protection.
1. Implementation of the National and Transnational Mechanism for Referral and Support of victims of trafficking in human beings.
2. Increase in trafficking victims who received protection and support at the shelters for temporary accommodation and the centers for protection and assistance to trafficked victims, crisis centers and other support centers managed by NGOs.
3. Reintegration of victims of trafficking through training and employment.
SECTION 5: STUDY, ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL DATA REPORTING IN RELATION TO THE TRAFFICKING IN PEOPLE
– Analysis of the development and trends in the crime of “trafficking in human beings”, its prevention and counteraction.
1. Active databases of victims and perpetrators of trafficking in human beings.
2. Coordination mechanism for data collection by all agencies and NGOs.
3. Collecting data on trafficked persons after leaving the shelters and
SECTION 6: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
– Development of international cooperation through exchange of good practices in the field of prevention and counteraction of trafficking in human beings.
1. Presentation of the Bulgarian legislation and good practices and build partnerships through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
2. Development and implementation of international projects aimed at countering trafficking in human beings.
SECTION 7: LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
– Updating legislative measures to improve the efficiency in countering trafficking in human beings in Bulgaria, in the context of international and European policy to combat this crime.
1. Coordination of national legislation with commitments under the international legal documents from the Republic of Bulgaria.
2. Overcoming regulatory gaps leading to contradictory practice and the inability to implement the national policy for preventing and counteracting trafficking in human beings.
The full text of the 2013 National Program is only available in Bulgarian: download here