Responding to Child Trafficking” – a handbook to child rights-based interventions draws from Save the Children’s experience in Southeast Europe. In May 2002, Save the Children initiated a Regional Child Trafficking Response Programme in Southeast Europe in an attempt to strengthen national and regional responses to child trafficking and to increase protection for trafficked children and children-at-risk.

In partnership with local and national actors, Save the Children piloted six child trafficking interventions in Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia to address the prevention and/or reintegration needs of these children, and to share the learning and related recommendations from the pilot projects with practitioners and decision-makers in the region.

It is in this latter interest that this publication was born.

Responding to Child Trafficking outlines practical strategies for developing  rights-based approaches to child trafficking interventions. These strategies are illustrated through concrete examples as well as through children’s words and images, drawn from the pilot projects carried out through the framework of the Regional Programme.

This publication is designed primarily for field-based practitioners interested in developing projects to increase protection fro trafficked children-at risk. Topics include: principles and strategies for developing rights-based approaches to child trafficking interventions, the role of awareness raising and community-based interventions in prevention of child trafficking, and the role of capacity building, coordination, advocacy and working with the media in strengthening protection for children.

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