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”.

SLYMS Program: Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Societies with Mobility

Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Mobility Societies (SLYMS) is a three-year research program, which began in July 2018, funded by the European Commission and supported by ERASMUS+. Universities, Municipalities and NGOs from the 3 European countries (Greece, Spain, Portugal) are all partners of the program. The program is mainly for refugees and immigrant populations. In particular, it focuses on young refugees, as they are currently the biggest challenge.

The research aims at designing and implementing a modern, functional and efficient social model of integration and participation, based on the principles of multicultural education and the logic previous models. SLYMS research centers around the inclusion of mobile populations, with the intention of integration from the base of the community – the Municipality. As well as using previous scientific research, educational knowledge and field experience to do so, personal experiences, knowledge and abilities of the travelling people are also taken into account.

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.