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APAV promoted Conference on Protection Orders in the European Member States

On the November 28th APAV promoted the Conference on Protection Orders in the European Member States. The conference took place in Lisbon, in Hotel Olissipo Oriente, under the objectives of the POEMS project, promoted by APAV.

During the conference the results of the POEMS project were presented and discussed. There were also presentations on the implementation of the European Protection Order, the EPOgender project, and Austrian emergency barring orders.

The POEMS project was sponsored under the Daphne III program. It aimed to make an inventory of protection order legislation and practice in the Member States, to identify best practices and possible gaps, and to evaluate the level of protection offered to victims, also in the light of the European Protection Order. It did so with the help of national (expert) reports, victim interviews and literature study. The ultimate goal was to enhance the protection provided to victims. How can current laws and practices in relation to protection orders be improved?

Informations and programme:
apav.pt/poems

APAV launches a new website: www.abcjustica.pt

On the 24th of September, APAV launched the website www.abcjustica.pt, developed under the Project ABC Justice, promoted by APAV and co-financed by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund, of the United States Embassy.

Within the context of an increased attention towards the rights of victims of crime, following the adoption of the new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, this new and innovative resource aims to inform youngsters aged between 12 and 17 about the functioning of the criminal justice system and the rights of victims of crime.

Several themes are covered using a simple approach, with uncomplicated and child-friendly language. The rights of victims of crime and the ways and resources to obtain them are explained. Youngsters are also provided with an overview of the different phases of the criminal proceedings as well as with the role of the most relevant figures that work or participate in the criminal justice system.

Young visitors will also be allowed to have some fun while learning. They are presented with videos where young students explain the core themes of the website, with useful links and with a glossary. A quiz for young people to put their knowledge at test is also available.

For now the website is available in Portuguese, but soon we will present an English version so that other foreign youngsters can jump on board for a trip into the world of the criminal justice system. Feel free to join us on a visit!

www.abcjustica.pt

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is assessing victim support services in the European Union

FRA is currently developing a project through which it will identify best practices on victim support, by mapping the services provided, and therefore equipping the EU and the Member States with updated information on what is currently available and how.

The European Commission asked FRA to undergo this study in order to have results before the 15th of November 2015, and therefore be useful for the transposition into national law of the Victims’ Directive (Directive 2012/29/EU).

The first results are now available in the form of comparative tables and maps and the final report will be launched later this year.

Initial findings stress the need for States to step up their efforts to provide support, underlining the importance of cooperating with civil society organizations.

To see the results already made public and know more about the study, just check FRA’s webpage:
fra.europa.eu

Campaign on Human Trafficking: "Used In Europe"

As consumers, each day we are more aware about the origins of the products we use. We have learned that there can be a lot of suffering related to the production of the things we buy, resulting from labour exploitation and the trafficking of people. We may believe that severe labour exploitation only happens in the Global South and not in Europe but, unfortunately, our continent is far from being a safe haven when it comes to the protection of labour rights.

To raise awareness on this issue, La Strada International, together with anti-trafficking NGOs all over Europe (in Portugal, APAV) is developing the campaign Used in Europe, disclosing information about human trafficking and labour exploitation situations that are happening in Europe and resources for people and business to fight this issue. You can check the campaign in the website: www.usedineurope.com

APAV is also currently developing a raising awareness campaign on trafficking, under the Project BRISEIS - to see the campaign click here.

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