Anti-Trafficking Activities in Valmiera
Riga, September 3 2015
On September 4-5, 2015 professionals and young trainers of “Shelter “Safe House”” will provide various activities in Valmiera. The goal is to promote the safety of various groups of the society in cases that have a potential to victimize a person in trafficking in human beings.
Between 8.50 – 10.20 trainers will provide an environment to analyze the trending exploitation forms to educate schoolchildren about potential risks and discuss safety measures.
At 15.00 an info-event with a practical seminar at Valmiera Integrated Library will be organized for professionals working in the municipality and others to discuss the process of trafficking, especially recruitment, so representatives interacting with locals would be able to identify a potential victim of trafficking in human beings and realise the inter-institutional cooperation models available in Valmiera and Latvia.
Starting at the evening from 18.00 near the Culture House within the Valmiera Youth Day activities the Trafficking Tunnel will be provided to by-passers and visitors to get a glimpse of the feelings of a person being pushed to their knees in trafficking situations. Young activists will explain the practicalities of the trafficking process and answer important questions.
In cooperation with Valmiera Youth centre “Vinda” a simulation game to the active youth will be organised to get a wholesome understanding of various exploitation forms and available resources to minimize risk during mobility for employment or education.
During all activities the Anti-Trafficking Info-Trailer will be available to visitors. It contains an installation depicting the trending forms of trafficking in human beings and living conditions.
Activities are implemented within the projects “Multidisciplinary initiatives for prevention of human trafficking” financed by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway and “Read the Small Print!” financed by the U.S. Embassy in Riga
„Read the Small Print!” project launched to reduce trafficking
NGO “Shelter “Safe House”” with the financial support from the US Embassy to Latvia has started implementation of the project “Read the Small Print!” Between July and October young people, professionals and others will be educated about topics connected with trafficking in human beings. Fresh methods will be employed visiting schools and libraries.
“Leading seminars in schools, municipalities, and taking part in public events to inform and educate about trafficking in human beings has shown that public awareness is growing. Young people and professionals who come to information activities repeatedly are especially aware of the risks involved. However the part of the society that communicates in Russian in their daily life have a far weaker understanding of the issue. This project aims to make information about trafficking more available to those people using methods that in some ways go beyond the language barrier.” Explained by project manager Reinis Grāvītis
Information activities at schools and libraries will take place in September and October of 2015. More information about venues and schedules will be available on “Patvērums “Drošā māja”” (“Shelter “Safe House””) website.
The project “Read the Small Print” (Nr. S-LG750-12-GR-032) is implemented between July 1 and October 30, 2015. Financial support is granted by the US Embassy to Latvia. The content of this publication is the responsibility of “Patvērums “Drošā māja””