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Conference: The Protection of Vulnerable Adults in Europe - the Way Forward

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Due to the priorities defined for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Justice, with the support of the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), will hold on March 30, in a format virtual, a High Level Conference with the theme "The Protection of Vulnerable Adults in Europe - the Way Forward".

People with disabilities or weaknesses in your personal abilities and victims of hate crimes or gender violence are among those adults who may face specific challenges in the exercise of their rights, in the defense of their interests and in access to justice in civil and criminal cases.

The Conference offers an opportunity to reflect on the current situation and to anticipate the necessary measures to ensure that all European citizens can enjoy their fundamental rights, including, in practice, equal access to justice.

The APAV President, João Lázaro, will participate in the painel “Challenges in the protection of vulnerable victims and in promoting in criminal process - building bridges through the Victims Strategics”. 

The Conference program is available online.

Registration through the link: https://participants.ppue2021.pt

3rd newsletter of the project Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (VMVD) in Times of Pandemic

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The third newsletter was launched on the project Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (VMVD) in Times of Pandemic: characterization, challenges and opportunities in distance support (AaD). This is the first scientific research project developed by APAV, it is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Line Gender Research 4 COVID-19) and has a partnership with Egas Moniz - Higher Education Cooperative (LABPsi) and the Fernando Pessoa University (UFP). See the newsletter here.

CAP SUL - Reception and Protection Center

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APAV manages the Reception and Protection Center (CAP SUL), which has an emergency and extended reception response targeted at women victims of human trafficking, accompanied or not by children. The capacity is 8 vacancies and works 24 hours a day.

CAP SUL's work aims at a personalized and qualified intervention with these victims, contributing to an environment of stability, security and protection according to the needs identified in the reception.

The intervention is ensured by a multidisciplinary team, fluent of the Russian, Romanian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and English, which provide daily monitoring through emotional and practical, psychological and legal support, as well as the promotion of training, professional and social skills. for the integration of victims.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we remember that racism, xenophobia and forms of discriminatory violence motivated by prejudice and hate are still a reality with which we live and against which it is still necessary to fight.

APAV provides specialized support to victims of racial or ethnic discrimination. We are available through 116 006, the Migrant Victim and Discrimination Support Unit and the Victim Support Offices.

European Day in Memory of the Victims of Terrorism

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Is the European Day in Memory of the Victims of Terrorism, On this date, in 2004, took place the terrible attacks on the train station of Atocha, in Madrid, that cause 193 deaths and left over 2000 people injured. Along with the attacks in New York, in 2001, and in London, in 2005, terrorism has become a constant notion worldwide.

This day aims to keep the memory of those who were killed by these radical causes alive, making their “voices”, as well as their families’ and friends’, heard. This is part of the process of recovery and humanizes the victims. It reminds us that the attacks were not directed at specific sector of society, but against real people, who are someone's family and / or friends. 

Since 2016, APAV has been supporting victims and families and friends of victims of terrorist attacks abroad through the specialized network Support for Family Members and Friends of Homicide and Terrorism Victims (RAFAVHVT). APAV also works on preventing and fighting radicalization.
The Counter@ct Project - prevention and combating radicalization, promoted by APAV, has implemented a campaign of positive narratives of integration by migrants and refugees.

We must not forget the terrorist attacks victims, but we should keep in mind that not only those directly affected but all of us, as a society, no matter the race, nationality, sexual orientation or gender, are victims of terrorism. Celebrating this day is also celebrating the diversity that makes us European citizens.