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Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims

by APRAMP (Asociacion para la Prevencion, Reinsercion y Atencion a la Mujer Prostituida)
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Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
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Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims

Hello friends! APRAMP is here again to update you on all our new events in this project so important to many women and children!!

Today we wanted to share with you the story of one of our new members in the APRAMP mediation team.

Luz is a 28 year old woman from Paraguay who decided almost three years ago to start a new life in Spain, as the job opportunities and economic precariousness in her country was enormous and the situation of street violence in her area was daily.

What I didn’t know, is that those people that I trusted for this new life, were going to deceive her and force her to do things that I never imagined.

The team of mediators, survivors of APRAMP trafficking, rescued Luz from this exploitation. She was welcomed into our protection resource, where she began an individualized itinerary of insertion for her full recovery.
Within our recovery intervention, spaces for reflection and awareness are made possible, creating a process of individual and group empowerment. In this way women are the agents of change, and they themselves create their life projects by identifying their needs and their desires and possibilities.

In this sense, Luz, had always wanted to work as a lawyer and study law, but never had the opportunity. Being in APRAMP, she begins to take an interest in his legal process, wanting to understand exactly all the legislation and we observe that Luz has an immense capacity to study, so she wonders if she would like to be a mediator for APRAMP and be able to help other women who have been in the same situation, to which she replies she would love to.

Luz, you quickly learn all the legislation, concepts and get involved in training, so today we are very happy, because she has signed a contract with APRAMP as social mediator!!!!

"It’s a dream for me, that I can finally find my way and be happy working helping women who are in an exploitative situation"

"I want to continue training and continue studying in everything I can to be able to advance in my life and to be a good professional in mediation and in the detection of trafficked women"

"Nobody deserves to live that slavery"

These are some phrases that Luz has communicated after knowing the news that she was going to start her contract as a mediator in APRAMP!!

This is the story of Luz, but we WANT it to be the story of many women rescued and able to regain their lives, a dignified life full of opportunities and alternatives.

Once again, thank you all for your collaboration; we will soon have new news about an event that we are preparing with great enthusiasm and eagerness!

Thank you, friends of GlobalGiving!!

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Hello again, colleagues of Global Giving! Time passes very quickly here, but from APRAMP we continue to work and make every effort to make the lives and futures of thousands of women better and away from any kind of violence.

As you have already been informed in previous reports, the course of mediation of the University UNED from Spain, was a huge achievement that has made us very excited to APRAMP, and that is that thanks to this course, our mediators will be able to have a formal accreditation as official mediators, which empowers them enormously to be able to follow their path and find a future job, in a trade, that without doubt, ARE THE BEST!

On 31 October the last stage of the course was concluded, although certain task still have to able carried out, we can say that…more than 90% of people have successfully passed the course!!

The mediators say that it has been a total challenge in their life, very hard at times, but also very rewarding to know that they have been approving the different topics and that their effort has finally been worth it.

Let’s not forget that many of them, never used an online platform, didn’t even have a lot of computer skills and that most had not studied for many years.

“I have found it very difficult to adapt because I have not studied for many years, and I had a hard time concentrating and understanding”

“The hardest thing is to start the habit of studying when you haven’t done it for a long time.”

These are testimonies of two of the participants of the course, who as well express, to start again to study when they have not done it for many years, is the most complicated thing to be able to carry out an online course.

This course of mediation has meant a lot to APRAMP, after many years intervening with women, We know that one of the most important objectives is to be able to train them to be able to work and socially.

For many years we have trained through a APRAMP course all the mediators we have, as for the Association, the survivors of trafficking are the fundamental pillar to be able to continue with the project and to help more women who are in the same situation as they have been before.

But we realized that for all that training and practice to be properly demonstrated, we had to get some official university course to accredit it so that we could give them other work opportunities.

AND WE GET IT! AND THEY ARE GETTING IT! And this challenge, although it was the first years, will continue to be realized and that makes us very happy.

Now we are preparing the graduation of the course, where the diplomas will be distributed and where all together we will celebrate the good news of all those who passed.

And of course, as always, it is a pleasure to be able to share it with all our friends at Global Giving, because with your input, the lives of many women can continue to change! Thank you so much!!!

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My Dear friends!

APRAMP once again reports new developments over the past three months!

In the middle of August in Spain many people are on vacation, but our Project continues to work every day, rescuing girls and women from exploitation. Therefore, we continue to train survivors of trafficking in employment so that they can become professional mediators and help all those women who are in need!

First of all inform you that the Mediation Course is already well advanced!!! And it is getting very good results from the students. All continue to contribute and learn about Community Mediation and will soon begin to put into practice all their knowledge.

But during this period, something important we wanted to make visible and we wanted to share with all of you!

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designed July 30 as “World Day against Trafficking”. Today, there is still a need to raise awareness and awareness of situation of victims of trafficking, to promote and protect their rights in all corners of the globe and in our country.

We are talking about a huge business whose merchandise is the person, the woman, who is forced and subjected to coercion and/or deception is moved, to be sold and exploited. They systematic violation of fundamental human rights resulting from trafficking prevents any voluntary decision and the exercise of the victim´s individual freedom, especially if it is a girl

Spain no stranger to this reality, which “has acquired enormous dimensions, with trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation being one of the cruelest and most degrading expressions and the greatest magnitude in our country”. It is therefore a problem directly related to gender, being a cruel manifestation of violence against women and the relationship of inequality and abuse of power between men and women, trapping thousands of women in prostitution contexts in our country.

APRAMP combats trafficking on a daily basis and rescues women who have been exploited for more than 30 years. But it is also necessary to send a message to society to turn its back on those who participate in this human market and to commit each person to its eradication and to the fight for a more just and equal world.

Failure to act, to look the other way, to stand idly by, to stand still, not to move forward, and also to be complicit in slavery.

That is why, on World Day Against Trafficking, we launched a campaign with a clear and forceful message, in which all the mediators were involved.

“The data is alarming. We must not look away. GIVE THE BACK TO TRAFFICKING! Every gesture is important, your gesture and your commitment are essential. Today APRAMP, wants to count on you, with your social networks or the means you have, to step forward, and GIVE THE BACK to TRAFFICKING, GIVE THE BACK to sexual exploitation, GIVE THE BACK to slavery, GIVE THE BACK to purchase-sale of human beings…”

With the campaign, we were able to make visible this slavery that so many girls and women suffer daily on our street and in our cities, and that is why it is a pleasure to be able to share it with all our friends at Global Giving! GIVE YOUR BACK AGAINST TRAFFICKING HUMAN BEINGS!!!

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Hello Friends!

As you know, from APRAMP, we always like to give you good news and make you participants of them, to thank you again for your participation to achieve our goals !!!

A few months ago we started the official mediation course, together with UNED Spanish University, and we would like to inform you of everything that has been worked on and the results that our mediators are having!

The course started with BLOCK 0, where in an introductory way, all the participants had to present themselves in the discussion forum and where they would be explained in what the course consisted of and how to use the platform.

The BLOCK 1: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIATION, where mediators have learned that the term of mediation is "the intervention of a person or organism in a discussion or in a confrontation between two parties to find a solution", "it is a technique of conflict resolution, a more or less protocolized and structured way or process with the objective of resolving a conflict ".

In this same block the history of mediation has been taught, something fundamental in an introduction to a course to know the origins of the concept and the action. 

How gratifying it is to discover that it was after the Second World War when the world became aware of the seriousness of the problem of not resolving major conflicts. In this post-war era new ideas appeared and creativity and imagination were put at the disposal of a society that had experienced the horrors of war and that yearned for and asked for peace. With all this they were modeling new and different techniques to solve conflicts counting on the "intervention of third parties".

After the first subjects of Block 1, all the participants had to make an evaluation through a notebook of exercises, activities and tests where they exposed everything they had learned, as well as participating in a forum where the topics discussed were discussed. 

In the following BLOCK 2: MEDIATION BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. ONLINE MEDIATION. In this block, with which they are currently working, they are learning the new areas and scenarios that have appeared with the new technologies and that have generated new models of conflict and that in turn generate new spaces that can be used as spaces for mediation or mediation scenarios.

The participants have known that there are different channels for mediation, thus generating online face-to-face mediation, a mediation where electronic means are used but carried out in real time, which is why it is defined as face-to-face.

Within this Block several issues have been worked on such as:

-Media electronic and ICT.

- Mediation and the immigrant woman.

- Intercultural mediation of cases.

- Mediation process.

- Mediation procedure and basic principles.

- Development of mediation.

- Language and mediation.

- Conflict and mediation.

- Conflictology

- Basic mediation tools.

- European Code of Conduct Mediators. 

After this Block, all the participants will have to pass the evaluation with a notebook of exercises and tests, as well as continue intervening in the forum debate. 

The results have been very favorable. Not only for the subjects that they are approving, but also that this course also teaches them to acquire skills and abilities with new technologies! And it motivates them a lot to know that all their knowledge that they have been acquiring in practice, will finally be able to complete it with theory. 

"What motivates me the most about the course is knowing that finally and after so many years I will have theory and degree that will allow me to have many more work opportunities" Words from one of the course participants.

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We are in luck! APRAMP, together with the National University of Distance Education of Spain (UNED) has managed to create a Community Mediation Course for Trafficking Survivors.

After several years trying to formalize the experience of the mediators, we have finally achieved that all this training is reflected in an online course that will give them a certificate of professionalism of 420 hours and that will open many job opportunities.

We are in full development of the "2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development", approved by the UN in 2015, where 17 goals (ODS) are established "an action plan in favor of people, the planet and prosperity "capable of improving everyone's life, without anyone being left behind.

This Community Mediation Course is part of these objectives, offering a quality education (SDG 4) with a gender approach that promotes equality (SDG 5), and contributes to reducing inequalities (SDG 10) among people, by promoting Sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, providing students with opportunities for decent, full and productive employment (SDG 8).

In this global and national framework, mediation stands as a valid tool for approaching women and girls victims of trafficking. It also constitutes an instrument of information, of approaching women and of resolving conflicts. 

The course has officially started on Monday, February 25 and will end on October 31, 2019. It will be developed in 4 Blocks. It is currently in BLOCK 0: aLF ENVIRONMENT (20 hours) where two modules will be taught:

 0. Introduction to the course and the technological training environment aLF

1.    Strategies of organization and management of information. Preparation of reports

 On February 20, the official presentation of the course was held, along with some participants, workers of the association and UNED staff, representatives of the different administrations.

The participants have shown their great joy and enthusiasm to start this official course as soon as possible, so they have already started to read the modules and get up to date with all the necessary documentation.

 "We are very grateful that this has been possible thanks to APRAMP and the National University of Distance Education in Spain (UNED), since this course is a great step forward for our training as mediators and a great opportunity for our future" these are words of one of the course participants.

From APRAMP, we continue adding against trafficking and we have always believed that giving alternatives to women was one of the best options, therefore, training is essential for our mediators! And once again, we are very grateful for all the support we receive with your contributions. THANKS! 

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Project Leader:
Rocio Mora
MADRID, Madrid Spain
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