Press Release: Two days dedicated to children’s rights

The 18th and the 20th of November that have been set, correspondingly, as the Universal End Child Sex Abuse Day and the Universal Children’s Day, are dedicated to children who experience the consequences of economic and refugee crisis.

A basic criterion for the cohesion degree of a society is how it defends its most vulnerable members against all forms of violence. For that reason, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child orders its signatory member – states to ensure children’s access to health, welfare, education, entertainment, information, freedom of opinion and expression as well as to ensure their protection from discrimination and racism.

PRESS RELEASE – The Practice of the Protective Custody of Minors and the Concept of Child Protection

A large number of unaccompanied refugee minors are under protective custody status awaiting to get integrated into sheltering structures.

According to statistics from the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA), 1,195 places are currently available in shelter facilities for children, while the total number of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece is 3,558.

ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth is systematically intervening in detention centers for unaccompanied minors in the wider area of ​​Thessaloniki and Kilkis since 2015. Through an interdisciplinary team, the organization provides psychosocial, legal and material support to unaccompanied minors, trying to create conditions that lead to less damage to the aggravating condition of detention.

In 2017, the ARSIS multidisciplinary team supported 353 unaccompanied minors and in 2018 (until mid-October) it supported 598 ones in detention facilities in Thessaloniki area.

The framework for the protection of unaccompanied minors is probably the one with the greatest gaps, both in legal terms and the one of the necessary logistical infrastructure.

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.

Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender Based Violence Awareness in Europe – BRIDGE

The existing studies point to alarming accounts of gender based violence (GVB) affecting refugee and migrant children and youth in the European Union. Trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, forced labour are part of the experiences of people on the move. At the same time, the considerable lack of data and professionals’ knowledge and coordination, on the one hand, and the low awareness amongst migrant children and youth themselves, on the other hand, make the issue of gender based violence difficult to tackle. 

In order to strengthen the statutory response to gender based violence affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries, ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth and partners have just commenced the implementation of its regional project titled “Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender Based Violence Awareness in Europe –BRIDGE”.