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Media Advisory: Launch of UNICEF/Terre des Hommes “Action to Prevent Child Trafficking in South Eastern Europe: A Preliminary Assessment”

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A boy at the UNICEF-assisted Centre for children living and working on the streets in Moldova.

*** Media Advisory ***

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Preventing Child Trafficking In South Eastern Europe
Stop Trafficking Before It Happens

WHAT:  Launch of UNICEF/Terre des Hommes “Action to Prevent Child Trafficking in South Eastern Europe: A Preliminary Assessment”
The report examines the strategies and initiatives needed to prevent child trafficking in South Eastern Europe. On-site research was conducted in Albania, Republic of Moldova, Romania and the UN Administered Province of Kosovo, including a series of interviews with 25 victims of child trafficking.

WHEN:  Tuesday, 29th August 2006, 9.45am to 11am
The report is embargoed until 00:01 on 30th August 2006
  Arrive: 9.45am
Breakfast Briefing: 10:00am-10.35am
Q&As: 10:35am to 11:00am
Interviews: 11am onwards (telephone interviews also possible)

WHERE: UNICEF UK, Africa House, 64-78 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NB

WHO:  Maria Calivis, Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Ms. Calivis will speak about the importance of putting the prevention and protection of all children at risk at the centre of all efforts against child trafficking. She will also talk about UNICEF’s role in preventing child trafficking.

Christian Hafner, Vice-President of the Terres des Hommes Board
Mr. Hafner will speak about the organisation’s role in anti-trafficking efforts, particularly its endeavour to prevent child trafficking by identifying children at risk and combining protection strategies within the communities where these children live.

Mike Dottridge, Report Author
Mr. Dottridge will speak about the report’s research, analysis and methodology and his experience supervising interviews with child victims of trafficking.

Andrew Radford, Director of Communication and Programme for the UK National Committee of UNICEF
Mr. Radford will chair the Breakfast Briefing and allocate questions to the speakers.

WHY: The number of children trafficked in South Eastern Europe is difficult to quantify – child trafficking is an underground activity and gathering accurate data is not easy. What can be said, though, is that there are countless children who are potential trafficking victims. It is time to stop trafficking before it starts and work to prevent children from falling into the hands of traffickers.

Prevention as part of anti-trafficking efforts in South Eastern Europe lags behind other key components (awareness-raising and prosecution). This is due, in part, to the fact that it requires that the root causes of trafficking to be addressed, a task that involves a much greater commitment to understanding the processes of trafficking than currently exists in the region.

All speakers will be available for interview.

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For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Anna Martin, UNICEF UK Press Office, 020 7430 0162
or email:



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