The overarching long-term goal of the Safe! project can be summarized as follows:
“To enable the early and adequate identification and protection of victims of trafficking as well as to ensure their safe return and sustainable re-integration in the context of the current asylum and migration processes within the European Union.”
The Safe! project has worked towards this overall long-term goal in a pragmatic and strategic way, incorporating the vast field experience of specialist NGO, GO and IGO partners in the Netherlands, Hungary, Bulgaria and North Macedonia that work with victims of trafficking on a daily basis. At the core of the project was a multi-stakeholders cooperation, which allowed each partner to contribute its own specialism to reach the project objectives:
1. To develop and implement strategies and a tailor-made international training programme for Early Identification and Protection of Victims of Trafficking based on the Euro TrafGuID Guidelines.
2. To develop and implement strategies and a tailor-made international training programme for Safe Return and Sustainable Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking based on the Safe Future Methodology.
3. To link (I)GO and NGO stakeholders in the anti-trafficking field with organizations involved in the current asylum and migration processes within the EU and to stimulate mutual cooperation and exchange of expertise, dilemmas and best practices.
To sum it up, the Safe! project has been all about increasing societal awareness regarding (possible) victims of trafficking among newly arrived refugees and migrants and providing tools to assist these new groups in a human rights based approach.