This month, the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) unveiled two new, specialized residential-type services for victims of trafficking in human beings - shelter for temporary accommodation with a center for protection and assistance to adult victims of trafficking in human beings and a crisis center for children victims of trafficking in human beings. These are the first such types of services on the territory of Sofia.
The new services provides the opportunity to accommodate victims of trafficking - adults and children, immediately after their return to the country (in cases of cross-border traffic) or in case of similar need (in the case of domestic traffic). The services provided aimed to overcome the consequences of trafficking in human beings and to reintegrate the victims into society by providing psychological, social, medical and legal assistance and protection as well as creating prerequisites for victim compensation through effective crime investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.
The two shelters are located in special houses in which the victims can be accommodated for a certain period of time in order to be in a safe and secure environment. Both houses have a capacity of 10 seats each.
The services in Sofia are funded by the project “Swiss-Bulgarian cooperation on identification and long–term assistance of children and adults victims of trafficking in human beings”, within the framework of the Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation programme (http://www.swiss-contribution.bg/ ), and are funded also from the budget of the NCCTHB (http://antitraffic.government.bg/).
For additional information related to the opening and operation of the services as well as the implementation of the project, you can contact Mr. Nikola Kondev, Coordinator of Programme for prevention of trafficking in human beings and for identification, protection, support, return and reintegration of victims of trafficking at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .