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Governmental and Local Organizations
Bulgarian National Anti-Trafficking Commission
Bulgaria’s main coordinating body in the area of response against THB. It is a body with the Council of Ministers, chaired by a Deputy Prime Minister. In the sessions of the National Commission, representatives of non-for-profit legal entities and international organisations, represented in the country, involved in combating THB and protecting its victims, can participate as observers. The National Commission has seven local commissions in Pazardjik, Bourgas, Varna, Sliven, Montana, Plovdiv and Rousse.
State Agency for the Protection of Children
A specialised body with the Council of Ministers in the field of child protection, which develops the state policy for child protection and the relevant programmes thereto; develops regulations on the criteria and standards for social services for children; maintains the National Hotline for Information, Consultation and Assistance to Children (116-111); manages the interinstitutional National Council for Child Protection.
Sofia 1051, 2 Triaditsa Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 933 90 50 or 933 90 30
Agency for Social Assistance, Social Assistance Directorates, Commissions on Children
The Agency for Social Assistance works actively with children victims of trafficking through its local structures – the Social Assistance Directorates. According to Art. 20, LPC, they are specialised bodies, implementing the child protection policy in the municipalities, within which Child Protection Divisions are created. Directorates keep registers of children in need of special protection, children under police protection, children, placed outside the family, NGOs working on child protection, etc.
Sofia 1051, 2 Triaditsa Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 811 96 07, hotline: (+359 2) 935 05 50
Ministry of Interior
Within the structure of the Ministry of Interior, police officers during the performance of their duties identify victims of trafficking. After that they perform risk assessment and assessment of imminent needs, in view of urgent medical, psychological and legal aid and/or placement in a Crisis Centre or shelter. Then they refer victims to appropriate institutions and organisations whenever victims’ needs fall outside the competences of the Ministry. Police plays a major role in returning trafficking victims to their regions/countries of origin within the framework of international operative police cooperation.
Sofia 1000, 29 6th Septemvri Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 982 50 00
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad
Can identify trafficking victims, if such appear on their premises or if they receive information about such from local authorities or NGOs. They help Bulgarian THB victims abroad return to; assist, together with the Ministry of Interior, the timely issuance of identity papers for Bulgarian THB victims. The Ministry assists other competent Bulgarian authorities in liaising with the diplomatic and consular representations of foreign victims’ countries of origin. Consular authorities assist the safe return of trafficking victims.
2 Aleksandar Zhendov Str., Sofia 1040
Tel.: (+359 2) 948 29 99
State Agency for Refugees
Can identify trafficking victims and assess their imminent needs during the process of registration, placement, medical examination and proceedings under the Law on Asylum and Refugees. Then the officials can refer them to the appropriate institutions and service providers.
Sofia 1618, Ovcha kupel, 21A Montevideo Str
IOM and UNHCR
The Bulgarian offices of International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) identify victims of trafficking, when they receive signals from other authorities/NGOs.
IOM – Mission in Bulgaria
Sofia, 145B Kniaz Boris I Str.
Tel: (+359 2) 93 94 774
UNHCR – Mission in Bulgaria
Sofia 1000, 19 Denkoglu Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 980 24 53
Non – Governmental Organizations
Was created in 1994, for, inter alia: activating a change in Bulgarian family and society and developing projects and programmes to support women and children. Some of the Association’s more recent projects are related to child trafficking.
Sofia 1000, 85 Ekzarh Iosif Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 983 52 05; 983 53 05
Face to Face
An organisation, specialised in reducing human trafficking victimisation by working actively among potential victims in view of prevention. Face to Face has been working since 2002 among children, implementing programmes to prevent labour and sexual exploitation and guarantee equal access to educational programmes and specialised courses for children from social institutions.
CARE International Bulgaria, legally succeeded by the ECIP Foundation has done active work in the area of prevention of human trafficking since 2003, for which it has created a special website – http://demo.neative.com/antitrafficking/en/index.shtml. The organisation specialises in developing social services on a local level.
Sofia, 20 Hristo Botev Str., 9 apt.
Tel.: (+359 2) 943 00 31
Nadja Centre Foundation
Nadja Centre Foundation, UNICEF and the State Agency for Child Protection created and implement in cooperation the 24-hour hotline for children in need with national coverage Talk to a friend – 0800 19 100. The hotline offers anonymous and accessible, free mechanism for consulting and reporting of cases of children at risk and undertaking the necessary measures for their protection.
Sofia 1000, 12A Benkovski Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 981 93 00
The P.U.L.S. Foundation in the town of Pernik manages a crisis centre and a safe house for victims of violence and trafficking. The Foundation offers to the victims crisis intervention, as well as legal and psychological consulting. It trains representatives of institutions on working with victims of violence and trafficking.
Pernik 2300, P.O.Box 15
Tel: (+359 76) 60 10 10
Research and Analysis Organizations
Partners Bulgaria Foundation
The Partners Bulgaria Foundation was founded in 1998 with the aim of supporting Bulgaria’s democratic development by, inter alia, supporting institutions, NGOs and specialists in improving policies and practices in the area of social care, child protection and education. The organisation’s activities against child trafficking include research, analyses, assessments and recommendations for changes in the policies related to marginalised groups – ethnic minorities, children at risk, underage offenders, etc.
Sofia 1164, 2A Yakubitsa Str
Tel.: (+359 2) 962 31 74
Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation
The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation is the Bulgarian partner in the European project Research and Participated Action Regarding the Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, Crimes of Honour and Forced Marriages within The African and Eastern European Immigrant Communities (RAPVITE) – 2010-2011 – supported by EU DAPHNE Programme. The main topics are: Fundamentals and Characterization of Human Trafficking in Europe, Anthropology of the Societies of Central and East Europe, Instruments to Detect Human Trafficking, Forced Marriages and Honor Crimes.
Sofia 1142, 5 Evlogi Georgiev Blvd.
Tel.: (+359 2) 963 53 57