The NGO Open Gate, that commenced with its activities on October 1, 2002, set up as one of the most effective methods for prevention of human trafficking the only telephone service that offers information, prevention, and counseling to citizens, trafficked persons, as well as their families in the Republic of Macedonia. The mission of the SOS Line is to reduce the risk of human trafficking by way of raising public awareness and procuring information and assistance to the SOS clients. There are two SOS lines at the Open Gate/La Strada: one fixed number, 2777-070 and another, 0800 11111, where the latter is toll free for all the public calls from the Republic of Macedonia. Both lines run every days, from 8 A.M to 8 P.M.
The SOS Line represents one kind of prevention against human trafficking and direct support to the victims of the same. It can best be evinced from the services offered by the SOS Line: its work interweaves a whole array of activities both from the field of prevention and from the field of direct support.
Informative/Preventive support of the SOS Line:
- Information for safe departure or work abroad
Information about safe migration
- Information on the precautionary measures when traveling abroad.
- Information about the labor legislation in the country of destination.
- Information necessary for examining employment contracts.
- A list of registered agencies that offer employment in Macedonia and abroad
- Information on licensed employment agencies.
- A phone list and addresses of other international and non-government organizations that handle the problem of human trafficking;
- A list of other SOS lines for other types of help on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia;
- A phone list for assistance against human trafficking abroad;
- Phone numbers and addresses of Macedonian embassies abroad; available on the website of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
- Phone numbers and addresses of foreign diplomatic consulates in the Republic of Macedonia; available on the website of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
- Phone numbers of the centers for social work in the Republic of Macedonia;
- A list of the visa regime for the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia; available on the website of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
- A list of the visa regime for the aliens in the Republic of Macedonia; available on the website of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
- Extant laws on fighting human trafficking;
SOS direct suppot:
Basic legal advice
Information and assistance in trouble
Assistance in establishing contacts with relevant institutions
Contact and accommodation in a shelter
Ensuring direct contact for support and help to potential and victims of trafficking and theirs family.
All the services of the SOS Line are also accessible via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and available for everyone, regardless of their sex, national, or ethnic background.
Installation "Handle with Care
Friday, November 2 at the National Gallery of Macedonia -Mala Station, we successfully opened the art installation "Handle with Care." Thanks to all the citizens, institutions, CSO and international organizations that came to see the event and support the initiative.
The messages s was clear, it is necessary to continue together with the efforts against trafficking in human beings both at the international and at the national level. We need to ensure the timely identification and to provide unreserved protection to victims.
On November 3, we continued with panel discussion, with representatives of MTSP, HOPS, Coalition of margins, Open Gate/ La Strada and other participants’ mostly young professionals and other citizens.
We agreed that trafficking in human beings should not be a taboo topic. The recruitment of women's rights, the strengthening and support of women and girls and gender equality should be at the center of the efforts to prevent trafficking in human beings and exploitation.
For all of you who were not able to visit the event in Skopje, can come to the events planned in Tetovo on 7/8 / 9.11.2018 in the Center for Balkan Cooperation and Bitola on 13/14 / 15.11.2018 - Center for Culture. This project continues to travel in the other cities, in cooperation with the Association Women Forum Tetovo and NGO Semper Bitola. We expect to visit us.
The project and installation Handle With Care is an initiative of the artists Patricia Kaersenhout and Jimini Hignett as a two-part exhibition at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam as part of the 150th anniversary exhibition of the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands. The project is organized by the Open Gate with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia and Tirana and aims to raise awareness of the trafficking among public especially the yout
Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy
IRIS, within Network of CSOs providers of social services Initiative, lead by IDC and in partnership with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V., are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 26thto 29th November 2018.
Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring migration policy and governance in the region, linkages between migration and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants’ rights. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits. The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests and constraints of the participants and their institutional and organizational environments. Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network.
For the application procedure, please follow the link: http://iris-see.eu/apply-to-iris-network-social-academy/
ToR national consultant for action plan and training on the Unified SOPs Macedonia
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