Conference on Trafficing of Roma Women - Invitation
BUDAPEST, 26 OCTOBER 2010: Since January 2009, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and People in Need (PiN) Slovakia have implemented a research project in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia on the trafficking of Romani children, men and women.
The project is supported by the European Commission's Daphne III Programme. The research examined the current state of legislation, policies and victim support services, as well as vulnerability factors and the perceived representation of Roma among victims of trafficking in human beings in the target countries. Preliminary results indicate that Roma are at a disproportionately high risk of trafficking due to low socio-economic status, low educational achievements, high unemployment and pervasive racism and discrimination. ERRC/PiN interviews with police, NGO’s and anti-trafficking experts revealed that Roma are perceived to represent 50-80% of victims in Bulgaria, 40-80% in Hungary and up to 70% of victims in certain parts of the Czech Republic.
The aim of the conference is to discuss preliminary research results and obtain feedback on a draft English-language cross-country report. The draft report will be disseminated prior to the conference to confirmed participants. Following the conference, the report will be finalised and published in 2011. All documents provided are for this conference only and should be treated confidentially.
The working language of the conference will be English. The event will take place on 10 December 2010 in Budapest.
The ERRC and PiN are offering a limited number of fully-funded spaces at the conference. Applicants must:
- Have a working knowledge of English;
- Have prior experience in the anti-trafficking and/or Roma rights field.
Applicants from the research countries will be prioritised, as will Romani applicants.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit their CV and a maximum one page letter of interest describing why they would like to attend the conference, their relevant experience and how would they and others will benefit from their participation. Both documents should be sent in one email. The deadline for applying is 8 November 2010.
Applications should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The title of the message should read: Application to Attend Anti-Trafficking Conference.
The ERRC will confirm receipt of all applications. Selected applicants will be notified within one week of the deadline.