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National strategy against trafficking in persons 2006-2010 (in English)

National action plan for implementing the national strategy against trafficking in persons 2006-2010 (in English)

National action plan for implementing the national strategy against trafficking in persons 2006-2010 (in Romanian)

National Referral Mechanism

The National Referral Mechanism was approved through Order 335 from 29 October 2007 and entered into force at 17 December 2008. The mechanism aims to adopt a unitary and coordinated response of all anti-trafficking institutions and organizations which shall lead to the improvement of the early identification of a victim, the capacity and provision of protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, regardless of the institution or organization the victim initially gets in contact with.

The document represents a set of norms designed to identify and refer victims of trafficking with the purpose of ensuring support services. The mechanism contains the fundamental principles and legal framework of actions and measures undertaken by institutional partners of the mechanism, concrete identification methods and referral procedures. The annex of the document includes the list of indicators that can be used for the primary evaluation of a possible situation of trafficking in persons or for identification of an alleged victim of this crime.

Problems:

  • The low level of resources leading to limited involvement of anti-trafficking institutions and organizations;
  • The need for continuous training of professionals working with the identification and referral mechanism.

Also, by signing the partnership declaration of the project “Development of guidelines and procedures for identifying trafficking victims guiding people-EuroTrafGuid, Romania engaged in the development of common procedures to identify victims of persons with France Expertise Internationale Organization, National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Bulgaria, Directorate General for International Cooperation Development in Greece, the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands delegation government to gender violence in Spain, ICMPD, the Council of Europe.

The overall objective was to develop and harmonize the methods and procedures for identifying trafficking victims in the Member States participating in the project through the development of common guidelines.

Taking this into consideration, Romania is considering drafting a new National Referral Mechanism having as starting point the results of the project and adapts them to the national realities.