Reinforcing Assistance to Child Victims of Trafficking in Europe (ReACT project)

Reinforcing assistance to child victims of trafficking

New leaflet

ReACT youth leaflet

The ReACT Project has created an invaluable new leaflet to help separated children understand their rights.

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About the project

ReACT is a partnership project between ECPAT groups in the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany aiming to increase the capacity of representatives (guardians and lawyers) of child victims of trafficking to provide appropriate support and uphold the rights of trafficked children during legal proceedings in key trafficking destination countries.

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The problem we seek to address

Across Europe there are increasing numbers of child victims of trafficking, but they are not always identified by the justice system and afforded the rights and protections enshrined in the EU Directive 2011/36/EU. In fact, a large number of children are unlawfully criminalized, in direct contradiction with the Directive.

Children are unaware of their rights to a named guardian (if applicable); their right to protection as children under the UNCRC; and the right to specialist support and assistance under the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and the Trafficking Directive. This prevents them from exercising numerous rights, including the right to be heard under Article 12 of the UNCRC.

Child protection professionals and lawyers instructed to work with child victims frequently lack knowledge about the specific rights of child victims of trafficking and/or how to work together collaboratively, particularly when children are involved in legal processes. They therefore fail to advocate effectively.

Project activities 

The project supports trafficked children and their representatives (guardians and laywers) by: 

  • Delivering a practical research programme that focuses on guardianship systems for child victims of trafficking involved in legal procedures in five Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and UK)
  • Developing multidisciplinary training modules that promote minimum standards for guardians and lawyers regarding child victims of trafficking, including specific modules relating to their roles and responsibilities
  • Providing training for guardians (or other representatives according to the country) and lawyers on child victims of trafficking involved in legal procedures at national level in five Member States
  • Producing child-friendly information tools for child victims of trafficking in order to inform children of their rights as children, and as child victims of trafficking
  • Advocating to ensure effective legal guardianship for child victims of trafficking in EU Member States and to integrate information and training on trafficking in the curriculum of new guardians and lawyers

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