Sexual health education
Peer education
Human trafficking
STROM I and II 2015-2017
HESTIA 2015-2016
Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Human Trafficking THB
HESTIA 2015-2016

Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution (HESTIA)

HESTIA is a transnational project that aims to create a shared understanding of a new, evolving new form of trafficking in human beings - through sham marriages, provide a precise definition of sham marriages as a form of human trafficking hitherto non-existent at the EU level, and initiate a comprehensive action for its prevention.

Activities of the project
  1. To provide a coherent basis containing a description of the situation for policy recommendations and needs' assessment as well as content information for multidisciplinary training materials on sham marriages in the context of human trafficking.
  2. To prepare a comprehensive report on human trafficking in the context of sham marriages in the partner countries and to provide policy recommendations at the national and EU level based on report findings. To plan the country-adjusted advocacy and dissemination activities.
  3. To prepare the training materials and implement pilot training of multidisciplinary specialist groups working with people vulnerable to human trafficking and involvement in sham marriages, strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation.
  4. To disseminate the results of the project, targeting legislative and policy making level, specialists working with vulnerable groups and the wider public. To promote a shared understanding of sham marriages in relation to human trafficking.
Leading Partner – Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia
Partners: LV partner NGO Shelter „Safe House”, SK partner Ministry of the Interior of Slovak Republic, EE partner NGO Living for Tomorrow, LT partner NGO Caritas Lithuania, IE partner NGO Immigrant Council of Ireland, FI partner European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)
Associate partners:Republic of Latvia State Police, Republic of Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland

Duration January 2015 – December 2016

Funding: This project is implemented with the support of Directorate General of Home Affairs of European Commission "Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme". Co-funding is provided by Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia, Ministry of the Interior of Slovak Republic, NGO Caritas Lithuania, NGO Immigrant Council of Ireland, HEUNI

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"Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union"