Reference Guide on Protecting the Rights of Child Victims of Trafficking in Europe

In essence, the Guide can be viewed as a tool that provides: • a deeper understanding of the business of trafficking • a checklist of what to do when dealing with child victims of trafficking • recommendations for interventions that respect and account for the special rights and needs of child victims of trafficking. The UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) is pleased to present the Reference Guide on Protecting the Rights of Child Victims of Trafficking in Europe, a new tool designed specifically for use by those working to protect children victims of trafficking within the European region. Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon nor is it one that occurs only in select countries or regions. Yet, one of the most significant conclusions derived from years of research and information-gathering on trafficking is that in order to prevent trafficking and protect the rights of those most vulnerable – children – one must understand trafficking in the context of the unique socio-cultural-political realities that influence its practice in countries and communities worldwide. To that extent, this Guide addresses the protection of the rights of child victims of trafficking in the European region. Furthermore, the Guide is exceptional in that it has been designed for utilization by a broad range of child rights advocates – whether one is a child protection worker in Ukraine, a social worker in Russia, a border patrol officer in Albania, a driver in Moldova or a parliamentarian in Brussels.