On 29 November 2017, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), in cooperation with the Swedish Government Offices, is launching the first counter trafficking award across this region.
The award ceremony will be taking place at Fotografiska in Stockholm and will be opened by the Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér & the CBSS Secretariat Director General, Maira Mora. The three winners of the award have been selected by the representatives of the 11 Member States of the CBSS Task Force Against Trafficking in Human Beings.
The Baltic Sea Counter Trafficking Award goes out as recognition to activists whose work is too often unnamed and unnoticed. Yet their work plays an important role on a day to day basis, rehabilitating those of us who have fallen victim to trafficking.
With public funding only going so far, it often falls on the NGOs to provide vital services such as legal advice, psychological counselling and housing. Trafficking is complex, and unfortunately even today support for victims beyond the basics remains scarce. The women, men and children, who are trafficked, all have their own story, which means their needs are varied. Recovery from trauma and exploitation takes time and rehabilitation can sometimes be difficult.
For that reason, next to launching the award, as a part of our Swedish Presidency, we are also starting the fundraising campaign “Human Trafficking – A Crime that is all of our responsibility”. The campaign will raise money for the Swedish Civil Society Platform Against Human Trafficking. The members of the Platform are a collection of human rights-based NGOs, who together offer the whole chain of assistance to victims; identification, first aid, medical care, clothing, support, legal advice, trauma treatment, long-term assistance, safe return and integration.
At this time of the year when the season turns cold and dark, warmth and generosity can become harder to come by. Small contributions hold more value and worth. Hence, this award and campaign seek to raise the visibility of the individuals whose selfless work improves the level of support given to victims of trafficking.
See the fundraising campaign at www.chuffed.org/project/trafficking.
Read more about the nominees for the award and the work of the CBSS Task Force Against Trafficking in Human Beings at www.cbss.org/safe-secure-region/tfthb/.
Contact: Anthony Jay Olsson, Head of Media & Communication, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 8 440 1940