Friday, 19 July 2013

Prevention of and Fight Against Child Trafficking in Malta

In the framework of the project “Catch & Sustain”, aimed at identifying vulnerable subjects and preventing child trafficking and re-trafficking, the Maltese NGO KOPIN organised, on 11th of July, a meeting between all the relevant stakeholders, amongst them representatives of: the Commissioner for Children, Malta Police Force, Jesuite Refugee Service, Integra Foundation, Aditus Foundation, UNHCR, Ministry for Home Affairs, Aġenzija Appoġġ, Adoption Board, International Organisation of Migration, People for Change Foundation (PfC).

The project is co-funded by the EC and involves eight different countries, through the participation of fourteen partner and associate-partner organisations; it started on the 1st of May 2013 and over a period of two years, the project aims at designing, pilot testing and assessing a prevention model, through a dedicated training of professionals involved in services targeted to minors and through the empowerment of potential victims.

After a brief introduction of KOPIN by Mr Dominik Kalweit, Vice-Executive Director and a presentation of the project by Ms Federica Di Giulio, Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci from PfC presented, via teleconference from London, his research paper on existing literature on the subject in the Maltese context, in order to profile possible trafficking victims among children population in Malta and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the Maltese system of child protection related to trafficking. Following the presentation, a discussion took place about possible good practices to be implemented within the Maltese context and suggested regulations to be introduced in the legal system. In general, all the attending representatives agreed in identifying migrant children as the most vulnerable category of possible victims of child trafficking in the Maltese context.

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In the photo: participants of the stakeholder meeting.

Information provided by KOPIN

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