SOS Hotline: +381 11 785 0000     e-mail: sos@astra.rs

About ASTRA

 
MISSION

ASTRA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eradication of all forms of trafficking in human beings, especially in women and children, through a comprehensive approach to the problem, with the aim of eliminating this specific type of violence and affirming a society free of exploitation, violence, discrimination, economic and social inequalities.

VISION

ASTRA’s VISION is to be a leader in a comprehensive solution of the problem of trafficking in human beings and of other forms of violence, towards their eradication in South East Europe.

VALUES WE EMBRACE IN OUR WORK

Respecting human rights in accordance with international standards
Tolerance and appreciation of differences
Working towards the highest standards
Dedication and commitment

PROGRAMS

ASTRA carries out its activities through four programs:

Prevention and Education Program – This program operates at three levels. ASTRA organizes specialized trainings, seminars, roundtables and lectures for the representatives from NGOs and institutions that (may) come across trafficked persons in their work (the police, social workers, judges, medical doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.). At the moment, ASTRA has two accredited professional development programs – for teachers and for social workers. Visibility of the problem of human trafficking is achieved and public awareness is raised through large-scale media campaigns, which may involve the production of TV and radio spots, posters, leaflets, booklets and manuals, as well as through continuous cooperation with the media. Special attention is paid to the work with youth who are generally considered to be under risk of trafficking. For them, we organize workshops, lectures, street actions, while ASTRA activists try to be present at all events that attract greater numbers of young people.

SOS Hotline and Direct Victim Assistance – Through SOS Hotline, we provide assistance and support to victims of human trafficking and their families, while citizens may obtain information about the problem of human trafficking and the possibilities for legal work abroad.

Direct victim assistance is based on providing emergency assistance, which may include referring victims to the shelter, the provision of medical assistance, psychological assistance, legal aid, as well as on accompanying victims through the judicial and other proceedings and through the process of reintegration and social inclusion. Within this program ASTRA runs a Day Center, as a safe place where our clients could enjoy various activities and contents, such as creative workshops, language courses, encounter and self-help groups, educative workshops, recreational programs, and get assistance in studying, finding a job and overall tailor-made support on the path of regaining control of their lives.

Networking Program – For efficient fight against human trafficking, it was necessary to build a strong network of activists and centers, which would cover the whole territory of our country. We have formed ASTRA Network that gathers 11 local NGOs from Serbia, all of them dealing with the problem of human trafficking.

Research and Reports – From the beginning of its work, ASTRA has been conducting surveys into the problem of human trafficking, from gathering all available data about its size to identifying new trends and analyzing its specific aspects. So far, ASTRA has published several research papers, manuals, alternative reports and working materials for trainings and for trainers. In October 2004, we launched ASTRA E-newsletter, a quarterly review of all relevant information on anti-trafficking activities and anti-trafficking actors in the Republic of Serbia.

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