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Novel Strategies to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Crimes and Protect their Victims

Objective

Trafficking of human beings (THB) and child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSA/CSE) are two big problems in our society. Inadvertently, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have provided a space for these problems to develop and take new forms, made worse by the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, technical and legal tools available to stakeholders that prevent, investigate, and assist victims – such as law enforcement agencies (LEAs), prosecutors, judges, and civil society organisations (CSOs) – fail to keep up with the pace at which criminals use new technologies to continue their abhorrent acts. Furthermore, assistance to victims of THB and CSA/CSE is often limited by the lack of coordination among these stakeholders. In this sense, there is a clear and vital need for joint work methodologies and the development of new strategies for approaching and assisting victims. In addition, due to the cross-border nature of these crimes, harmonisation of legal frameworks from each of the affected countries is necessary for creating bridges of communication and coordination among all those stakeholders to help victims and reduce the occurrence of these horrendous crimes. To address these challenges, the HEROES project comes up with an ambitious, interdisciplinary, international, and victim-centred approach. The HEROES project is structured as a comprehensive solution that encompasses three main components: Prevention, Investigation and Victim Assistance. Through these components, our solution aims to establish a coordinated contribution with LEAs by developing an appropriate, victim-centred approach that is capable of addressing specific needs and providing protection. The HEROES project’s main objective is to use technology to improve the way in which help and support can be provided to victims of THB and CSA/CSE.

Call for proposal

H2020-SU-SEC-2020
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 068 750

Participants (26)

UNIVERSITY OF KENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 244 375
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Cidade Universitaria Zeferino Sn
13083 875 Campinas Sp
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACAO UNIVERSIDADE DE BRASILIA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Campus Universitario Darcy Ribeiro Faculdade De Tecnologie At 05 Bairro Asa Norte
70919 970 Brasilia Df
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 278 125
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
KENTRO MELETON ASFALEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 286 250
Address
P Kanellopoulou 4 St
10177 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MIGRATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 371 250
Address
Gonzagagasse 1 5Th Floor
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN SWITZERLAND
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 393 750
Address
Fohrenstrasse 3
8703 Erlenbach
Activity type
Other
IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 311 000
Address
Calle Early Ovington 24-8
41300 La Rinconada Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
ATHINA-EREVNITIKO KENTRO KAINOTOMIAS STIS TECHNOLOGIES TIS PLIROFORIAS, TON EPIKOINONION KAI TIS GNOSIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Artemidos 6 Kai Epidavrou
151 25 Maroussi
Activity type
Research Organisations
TRILATERAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Fdw House Blackthorn Business Park Coes Road
Dundalk Louth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN STUDIES
Bangladesh
EU contribution
€ 104 000
Address
New Eskaton Road 92
1000 Dhaka
Activity type
Other
KOVOS SU PREKYBA ZMONEMIS IR ISNAUDOJIMU CENTRAS VSI
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 109 000
Address
Draugystes G 8F-236
44275 Kaunas
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DE APOIO A VITIMA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 175 250
Address
Rua Jose Estevao 135A
1150 201 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
FUNDACION RENACER
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 118 500
Address
Calle 76 Bis 20C-51
110011 Bogota
Activity type
Other
ELLINIKO SYMVOULIO GAI TOUS PROSFYGES
Greece
EU contribution
€ 103 000
Address
Solomou 25
106 82 Athens
Activity type
Other
ESPHERA - CULTURAL,AMBIENTAL E SOCIAL
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
St Sds Bloco P Sala 507 Edificio Venancio Iii Conic Asa Sul
70393 904 Brasilia
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIACAO BRASILEIRA DE DEFESA DA MUHLER DA INFANCIA E DA JUVENTUDE
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rua Vera N40
07096-020 Guarulhos
Activity type
Other
MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR
Spain
EU contribution
€ 92 500
Address
Calle Amador De Los Rios 7
28071 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
HELLENIC POLICE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 95 000
Address
4 Kanellopoulou Avenue
101 77 Athens
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
IEKSLIETU MINISTRIJAS VALSTS POLICIJA STATE POLICE OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ciekurkalna 1. Linija 1, K-4
LV-1026 Riga
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
GLAVNA DIREKTSIA BORBA S ORGANIZIRANATA PRESTUPNOST
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 82 500
Address
133А Tsarigradsko Chaussee Blvd.
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SECRETARIA DE INTELIGENCIA ESTRATEGICA DE ESTADO - PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY
Uruguay
EU contribution
€ 61 250
Address
Plaza Independencia 710
1100 Montevideo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POLICIA FEDERAL
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Setor De Autarquias Sul Quadra 06 Lote 9/10, Edificio Sede
70037900 Brasilia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POLICIA RODOVIARIA FEDERAL
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Spo, Quadra 3, Lote 5,, Complexo Sede Da Prf
70610-200 Brasilia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
COMANDO CONJUNTO DE LAS FUERZAS ARMADAS DEL PERU
Peru
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Calle Nicolás Corpancho 289, Santa Beatriz. Lima, Perú
Lima 15046 Lima
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)