Children  Serbia Project #24103

Protection of missing children

by ASTRA - Anti trafficking action (ASTRA - Akcija protiv trgovine ljudima) Vetted since 2016 Site Visit Verified


ASTRA - Anti Trafficking Action, is an independent grass-root organization, established in 2000, with the goal to contribute to the eradication of human trafficking. So far ASTRA has assisted over 470 victims of human trafficking during their recovery; among whom 40% were children. In response to an increasing number of missing children, in order to prevent and protect children from being exposed to violence, and the weaknesses of the search mechanism in Serbia, ASTRA has introduced the European

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According to Europol at least 10,000 child refugees have gone missing since arriving in Europe. It is feared many have become victims of exploitation by criminal organizations and/or individuals. Additionally, chaotic situation at the EU-Balkans' borders caused a high number of children to be separated from their families. Only from the beginning of 2016 ASTRA helped in search for 14 children lost during their journey, out of which 8 of them were successfully found.


Search for missing children will be speed up through contacting associates, publishing information on social media. ASTRA provides assistance to field workers when missing child is reported, emotional and psychological support to families, contact point between carers who reported the case and agencies involved, provision of expertise and advice on procedure related to a missing child. This project will enable children and families to receive legal, psychological and medical assistance.

Long-Term Impact

Ensuring the prompt reaction and quick location of the missing children, possible exploitation and abuse will be prevented and the children rights will be protected. This project will help build a framework of prevention strategies and services before abuse and neglect occur and be prepared to offer remediation and treatment to children when necessary.


About 116 000 number in Serbia
Project Leader:
Marija Andjelkovic
Belgrade, Serbia

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