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Regional seminars and network building

Several Nordic-Baltic regional seminars have been organised as part of the process towards developing a victim-centred programme of support and assistance in the region.

These seminars have focused on making an assessment of existing practices, on identifying good models and practices, and on developing new models and guidelines that better respond to the needs of the victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

So far four regional training and capacity building seminars have been held. The first was in Riga in June 2006 and the second in Copenhagen six months later. The aim was to transform the participating NGOs and public agencies into a coherent and motivated long-term Regional network coordination group.

The level of support to women victims of trafficking vary greatly between the countries in the region. Therefore the focus was also to present and discuss existing projects, activities and best practices in the different countries. This enabled participants to gain new knowledge and establish a shared understanding of the tasks ahead on a national as well as a regional level.

The third Network meeting was held in Vilnius, Lithuania in October 2007. This meeting provided the Network with a chance to share success and achievements in their respective countries and the Nordic Baltic region, and also a possibility to share ideas for combating obstacles to the work for efficient victim-centred assistance to women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

At the same occasion an international conference “Strengthened cooperation against trafficking in women - from national to regional strategies” was organised on 5 October in Vilnius. A larger group of stakeholders from the Nordic Baltic region and beyond participated and discussed regional cooperation and the ways forward to strengthen assistance and support to women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The Nordic-Baltic network met for their 4th regional seminar in Tallinn, Estonia 15-16 May 2008. In this meeting, the network participants shared information, good practises and success from their respective countries and the region. The seminar focused on assistance to women victims of trafficking and support models, outreach work, compensation to victims of trafficking and continuation of the activities and cooperation of the Nordic-Baltic network when the Nordic-Baltic pilot project comes to an end in December 2008.