What does it take to help Anna?

Once upon a time, Anna was born into a family that struggled to survive. As a result, she didn’t get the parenting she needed, she misbehaved and began to drop out of school. What she really needed was love and security. Her dreams were answered by Nick, the most amazing rich boyfriend. Except of course, he wasn’t amazing at all. To please him and try to keep him, Anna found herself selling her body. And then the horror really began. One day on the streets, she met a Christian ministry who promised to help her. She didn’t believe them. How could they really help?

Anna was whisked away to another country, and the sexual exploitation began again. This time, she ended up in hospital. The nurses stared, they wondered what the real story was, but they didn’t say anything. Anna returned to the street. Meanwhile, the politicians decided to legalise prostitution and cut funding police efforts to spot trafficking, so Anna was even more vulnerable. Another Christian ministry promised they could help her. Really? Freedom and normality seemed such distant dreams. Again, Anna did not believe them.  The horror continued.

This story is repeated again and again across Europe. This story, and other similar ones, were created at EFN’s first big conference in 2013. We spent the whole time together looking at “Anna” and all the reasons why what happened happened. We saw all the opportunities where the story could have been dramatically changed if only there had been correct intervention. We considered why Anna would not dare to believe that she could be free from exploitation.

And then we saw what was needed.

It takes many different people to prevent exploitation. (Anna needed good children’s and youth work, and school teachers and medical staff equipped to know what to look out for. And people working with future Nicks. And campaigners to help politicians understand the best policies to stop trafficking).

It takes many different people to find Anna and help her believe life could change. (Intercessors, outreach workers, safe house staff, counsellors, a welcoming church to be family for the long haul, legal advisors, teachers, business people and more…)

No one ministry can prevent exploitation. But, by linking together, we form planks of wood that form a bridge. It’s a bridge that we can help Anna to see. The path to freedom may still be long but it suddenly seems possible.

Collaboration and networking spread good practice and save money and effort for us all.

Collaboration and networking mean that we can do things together, e.g. sophisticated campaigning, top quality training or prayer events that we could never do on our own.

Most of all, collaboration and networking mean we can build a solid bridge to freedom.

No matter how good we are, one ministry on its own is not enough for Anna.

A plank of wood is just a plank. But planks of wood linked securely together make a bridge that Anna can trust and dare to walk on.

And that’s why EFN’s conference is called Bridge.

Julia

Julia Doxat-Purser is the Socio-Political Representative & Religious Liberty Coordinator for the European Evangelical Alliance, wherein she inspires and facilitates excellent Christian engagement in society. Her particular interests are advocacy and enabling others to be effective in ministry.

With One Voice – Can They Hear Us?

There’s so much I want to say to people about human trafficking!  Stop judging or blaming the victims.  Stop ignoring this crime. Stop cutting the public services which are exactly the ones that could stop exploitation from happening in the first place. And more positively, come on Church, our God wants to transform these lives, and He invites us to help.

But what if EFN spoke with one voice and invited the wider Church to join us?  What if we as EFN partners locally, nationally or even across the continent began to think, pray and plan so that our voice was strategic, and our voice would be heard? What if we encouraged and helped each other to be clear, positive and effective so that our message would be noticed above all the noise?

What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise, thanks or challenge?

What if every newspaper article on exploitation got a letter from EFN partners or friends in response that would end up on the letter’s page? Or the phone-in programme got us calling in with gracious and clear input?

What if every local public meeting – with the police or politicians or concerned residents – had EFN friends or partners prayerfully present and ready and able to speak up?

What if we did even more to speak with one voice on EU Anti-Trafficking Day or World Women’s Day? Vigils, marches, street theatre, social media campaigns, youth events, art exhibitions? Our combined creativity has so much potential.

What if we prayerfully worked out the most important messages and language for all of us to repeat as much as possible until change came?

And what if we prayed with one voice, lifting up all the needs and challenges, the individuals we know and one another? And we invited churches locally to join us?

Bridge 2017, our conference 16-20 October, will be an opportunity to bring our voices together as we pray, plan and learn from one another.   Our prayer is that, afterwards, we will increasingly speak With One Voice.

Julia

Julia Doxat-Purser is the Socio-Political Representative & Religious Liberty Coordinator for the European Evangelical Alliance, wherein she inspires and facilitates excellent Christian engagement in society. Her particular interests are advocacy and enabling others to be effective in ministry.

Survivor Reintegration and Secondary Beneficaries

Wherever there is a survivor, there invariably is a community and for many individuals that community is more-often-than-not family. 

“You can kiss your family and friend’s goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives in you.  – Frederick Buechner

In researching this blog, I was looking forward to breaking down the concept of reintegration and being able to more clearly define what this rather blurry concept looks like!  Unfortunately, what I discovered was that the definition of the word ‘reintegration,’ although universally the same, differs in meaning quite significantly from organization to organization, individual to individual and from region to region. In fact, it became apparent that even the perception of reintegration for survivors of trafficking (primary beneficiary’s) differed significantly, not only from mine as a practitioner, but equally significantly from one beneficiary to another.

The goal of any aftercare or human trafficking survivor service program is the successful reintegration of the trafficking survivor. Achieving this goal however, is not quite so easy – while survivors of trafficking face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives, those providing them with this support, encounter an array of other challenges including the needs of secondary beneficiaries, in ensuring that their assistance empowers survivors to live healthy, independent lives.

Reintegration is loosely defined as “the process of economic and social inclusion following a trafficking experience” and it includes:

  •      Settlement in a safe and secure environment,
  •      Access to a reasonable standard of living,
  •      Mental and physical well-being,
  •      Opportunities for personal, social and economic development,
  •      Access to social and emotional support.

Realistically, the process of reintegration is a complex, unpredictable and long-term problem, which is often impacted by:

  • Individual contexts including the management of the physical, psychological and social effects of exploitation.
  • The family, community and cultural context
  • Pre-existing vulnerabilities

Addressing the root causes and impact of trafficking requires a full and diverse package of services for beneficiary’s both from an individual perspective as well as from a collective perspective which would include secondary beneficiaries (family).

ONE STRATEGIC WAY TO BREAK THE VICIOUS CIRCLE OF TRAFFICKING IS TO GO BEYOND DIRECT AND SHORT-TERM ASSISTANCE TO SURVIVORS AND INVEST IN LONGER TERM SOCIO-ECONOMIC INCLUSION INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS.

“Secondary beneficiaries” fall into three main categories:

  • Children of trafficked parents;
  • Parents of trafficked children and
  • The husband or wife of a trafficked spouse.

FAMILIES â A KEY TO SUCCESS

“When I ask for help the shelters can help me but not my children – what must I do? Lleave them behind?”

“When I was at home with my parents, we did not have enough to eat and I used to look out on the street and think of the choices I had.  And the street looked like a way to make money”

“I think I will be happy to see my family … I remember with my joy to see my family I am forgetting the many hard things we have live with in my family’s village”

The family environment for a returning trafficking survivor is crucial to the reintegration process.  Unfortunately, it is often overlooked and under-appreciated and situations where families blame unreached social and economic needs and expectations on a returning survivor, or where families refuse to welcome the survivor home, pose a serious stumbling block to a survivor’s healthy reintegration.

In many cases, assisting the family as part of a secondary beneficiaries’ reintegration process is vital in addressing the needs of the primary beneficiary, as well as creating an environment which is conducive for long-term reintegration.  If a beneficiary is anxious or concerned about family who are not being fed, assist the family as this will lessen the beneficiary’s anxiety and assist with better recovery and reintegration.  Alternatively, if a beneficiary is anxious about what could happen to her because of an abusive family dynamic then this too needs to be addressed and looked at and evaluated as to whether it is even a viable environment for reintegration.

Including the family, relatives and communities more systematically in the return and reintegration projects is critical to fostering the sustainability of the process.

Keys to success:

  • A tailor-made approach: Consider designing a program based on the needs of the individual rather than designing a program and then imposing the program upon the beneficiary.
  • Flexibility: Start educating and advising donors and supporters that funding/grants need to be available for any aspect of reintegration work – services, staff, office costs as well as secondary beneficiaries. Such flexibility is invaluable where precise needs and numbers of potential victims are unpredictable and varied.
  • Long-term is key: Adopt a long-term strategy that will achieve comprehensive sustainable reintegration success by addressing the needs of the primary beneficiary along with her secondary beneficiaries.

Secondary beneficiaries matter! Whether good or bad, they play a crucial role in the recovery and reintegration of trafficking survivors and need to be considered when looking at a healthy and holistic reintegration program for primary beneficiary’s.

References:

  • Surtees, Rebecca, Beyond Trafficking. The re/integration of trafficking victims in the Balkans, 2007 to 2014. Final report, Brussels: KBF, Washington DC: NEXUS Institute, 2015
  • Lessons learnt from the CARE and TACT projects. Enhancing the safety and sustainability of the return and reintegration of victims of trafficking, IOM 2015
Peta-Ann Small is Co-Founder and Operations Director of Set Free Foundation in Bulgaria an anti-trafficking organization focused on prevention, reintegration and community transformation. She has a background in education and is passionate about helping people find joy, strength and dignity in Jesus so they can face their future without fear.

How to Write an Article for the Evangelical Focus with Joel Forster

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Evangelical Focus is an online news site that reports on what evangelicals are doing around the world as well as dealing with current issues, one of which is human trafficking.  They currently have a readership of over 25,000.

If you would like to submit an article to Evangelical Focus then here is the format you need to follow.

Style.

The article should be written in a journalistic style (it can include opinions of others, quotes, etc., but the author should keep an objective point of view when writing). If needed, we will edit the stories to adapt them to this style.

If someone wants to write an opinion article or an analysis on a certain topic, please first contact us so that we can let you know if it the topic and the approach fits in our opinion section.

Length.

The text should be 1-3 pages long in a Word document (Times or Calibri size 11).

Pictures.

Attach separately at least 1 picture related to the news article. Stories with 2-3 extra pictures add value to the story, you can send up to 4. Make sure you have permission to publish the pictures you send online. Add a description of every picture and add the author of the picture (it can be a person or the name of your organisation).

Links.

The article can include and external link to more information about the project, initiative, ministry, the story is about. No email contacts will be published.

Author.

Please send a picture (face) of the author, his/her name, and a short 2-line biography (country, job/ministry).

Submit Your Article.

Articles should be sent to the EFN Core Team or directly to Evangelical Focus.

Example Articles.

 

 

Who to Call? European Hotline Numbers

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Here’s a list of european anti-trafficking hotline numbers to keep on file:

ALBANIA
  • Free anti-trafficking hotline: 116 006
AUSTRIA
  • Anti- trafficking hotline: +43 1 24836 85383
BELGIUM
  • Contact Payoke: +32 3 201 16 90
BULGARIA
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • La Strada SOS Hotline: +420 222 71 71 71
CYPRUS
  • Human Trafficking Resource Line (operated by the police) National Emergency Number: 1460
  • Hotline number: +357 96 35 46 32 (operated by Freedom Dolls Initiative)
DENMARK
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +45 70 20 25 50 (Center Against Human Trafficking / Center Mod Menneskehandel)
ESTONIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +372 66 07 320
FINLAND
  • Hotline number: +358 71 876 3170
  • Victim Assistance – http://www.ihmiskauppa.fi/
FRANCE
  • Anti Trafficking hotline (Ac.Sé): 0 825 009 907
GERMANY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline (Hamburg): +49 176 57 21 65 54
  • Anti-trafficking hotline (Berlin): +49 157 53 33 35 15
  • Police (emergency) 110
  • Violence against women support hotline on 08000 116 016
GREECE
  • Anti-trafficking helpline http://www.1109.gr/eng/ Or call 1109.
  • From abroad +30 231- 525149.
  • A21 info.gr@a21.org
HUNGARY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline : 06 80 20 55 20
  • Crisis Management and Information Hotline: +36 80 20 55 20
IRELAND
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 1800 25 00 25
ITALY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 800 290 290
LATVIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 80 00 20 12
LITHUANIA
  • Klaipedasocial and psychological services centre: 88 00 66 366
LUXEMBOURG
  • Police Grand-Ducale: +352 49 97 62 10
  • Out of hours contact: Centre d’Intervention National: +352 49 97 23 41
MALTA
  • Police anti-trafficking hotline: +356 22 94 20 00
MOLDOVA
  • La Strada: +373 22 23 49 06
NETHERLANDS
  • CoMensha: +31 33 44 81 186
NORWAY
  • Norwegian Police: +47 2800
POLAND
  • National Centre for Victims of Trafficking: +48 22 628 01 20
PORTUGAL
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 800 202 148
  • SOS Imigrante, hotline for all migrant situations: 808 257 257
ROMANIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 0800 800 678
  • ANITP – http://www.anitp.mai.gov.ro - the national body on anti-trafficking with close connections to police, border control, etc.
SERBIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +381 11 785 0000 or 0800 101 201
  • http://www.astra.rs/about-astra/?lang=en
SLOVAKIA
  • Slovak Crisis Center DOTYK: +421 903 704 784
SLOVENIA
  • KLJUČ KEY – Society, Centre for the fight against trafficking in persons: 080 17 22
SPAIN
  • Instituto de la Mujer: 900 191 010, 900 152 152
  • http://www.policia.es/trata/
  • Police (Emergency): 112
  • (Non-Emergency): O91
SWEDEN
  • National Support Line: 020 50 50 50
SWITZERLAND
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +41 79 477 80 97
  • ACT212 http://www.ksmm.admin.ch/ksmm/en/home/publiservice/nap.html
TURKEY
  • Free emergency helpline: 157 (within Turkey)
  • International: +90312 157 11 22
UK
  • Modern Slavery Helpline: 0800 0121 700
  • Police (Emergency): 999
  • Salvation Army National Referral System: 0300 3038151
  • https://modernslavery.co.uk/report-it.html
UKRAINE
  • Anti trafficking hotline (run by La Strada): +38 044 205 36 95