On the 11th of June, we held a webinar with survivors, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, the Head of the Anti-trafficking secretariat the Council of Europe, and professionals cooperating with survivors in the Baltic Sea States. The webinar was for survivors of human trafficking and professionals working on related issues.
If you speak up, I will join! is a project that aims to identify and empower survivors of childhood human trafficking. The project is co-funded by CBSS Project Support Facility. Through local projects in Latvia, Sweden, Russia and Norway, and regional cooperation throughout the Baltic Sea region, the project started in the fall of 2019.
The webinar emphasised the journey of survivors to a new start in life and celebrate resilience and empowerment. It brought together survivors and professionals from the countries in the Baltic Sea region: Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
The programme for the webinar included:
Inspirational talk Survivors at the Centre; Presentations including Q & A
Ms Marie Merklinger, Germany, Member of Space International
Ms Malaika Oringa, Netherlands, Founder of «Footprint to Freedom Foundation»
Ms Temitope Adekoya, United Kingdom, Coordinator of youth group at ECPAT UK
Panel discussion on promoting long-term solutions for survivors with Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, Ms Petya Nestorova, Head of the Anti-trafficking secretariat the Council of Europe, Ms Turid Heiberg, Human rights advocate.
Roundtable dialogue with partners from the Baltic Sea Region
Sharing of experiences involving survivors. Inspirational, innovative, and empowering examples from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden
Ann-Kristin Vervik, Executive Director ECPAT Norway/Lead Partner and Racha Hanine, Producer, Lightup Norway, Youth organization that works to end sexual exploitation and trafficking.