PRESS RELEASE: European Day against Human Trafficking

The increasing rate of poverty and the constant violation of human rights add a new dimension to human trafficking. Therefore, the 18th of October has been designated as the European Day against Human Trafficking.

Currently, there are four categories of trafficking of minors in Greece:

  1. Child labour, whether it be in the streets or in businesses.
  2. Sexual exploitation. 
  3. Recruitment of children who are then forced to join human trafficking gangs.
  4. Kidnapping for ransom.

Since the beginning of 2018, ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth has located 500 unaccompanied minor refugees/immigrants, as well as 250 children from the Balkans living and working on the streets, exposed to harsh conditions and falling prey to traffickers.

PRESS RELEASE-Educational Interventions on Human Rights in School Units of Thessaloniki

In 2006 the ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth was officially designated by the Council of Europe as a translation agency in greek, reproducing and disseminating the Compass methodology. Since then organizes awareness-raising educational interventions in primary and secondary schools and seminars for teachers.

In the framework of the program “Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child”, the Youth Support Center of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth will organize educational interventions in order to inform and raise awareness on human rights in schools in the region of Thessaloniki during the academic year 2018-2019. The interventions target at students of all educational levels, experiential and are organized based on the methodology of Compass and Compasito manuals, the official manuals for human rights education with children and young people from the Council of Europe. Through various subject areas, the activities help young people and children to understand and adopt the values ​​of human rights in order to fight for their defense in their everyday life.

Job Vacancy for one Interpreter/Cultural Mediator Sorani or Kurmanji to Epirus region

ARSIS – Association for Social Support of Youth is looking for 1 new employee to be contracted with a 4 months contract, in the framework of «Support to refugees and migrants in Greece through an integrated multi-sector response» project. The project is implemented in Epirus in the Refugee Hosting Facilities of Katsikas, Doliana and Filippiada in collaboration with ASB and WAHA and it is funded by European Union under the Funding Agreement ECHO/-EU/BUD/2018/01001.

The following vacancy refers to Epirus region.

PRESS RELEASE: “Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child)

“Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child) are being implemented by ARSIS – Social Support Organization for Youth, the University St. Kliment Ohridski Higher Medical School of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UKLO, UNESCO Club of Serres and Lifestart – Growing And Learning together.

This crossborder project aims at strengthening the cooperation between Greece and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the field of child protection and support for vulnerable social groups. Representatives of the four partners held their first official meeting on Friday 29 June in Thessaloniki, in order to jointly organize the implementation of the actions.

The project is funded by the INTERREG IPA CBC Program “Greece – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020”, co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries.

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PRESS RELEASE – July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Children:Victims of human smuggling and trafficking

20 percent of human trafficking victims worldwide are children; in certain areas of Africa and Southeast Asia trafficked children even make up the majority of the victims. This is the sad result of a UN report on Human Trafficking, published on the 30th of July, the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

With increased refugee and migration flows to Europe new challenges arise as well as they allow human movement to get directly related to human trafficking. Even though children are the most vulnerable it is still extremely difficult to get them formally identified as victims of trafficking.