PROTECT-ABLE

Process of Recognition and Orientation of Torture Victims in European Countries to facilitate Care and Treatment – raising Awareness, changing Behaviours, providing with Learning, building on Experience.

01/09/2012 – 01/03/2014

The PROTECT-ABLE project aims to promote through training, advocacy, networking and communication, a process od early screening and orientation for asylum seekers the have suffered traumatic experiences (such as torture, rape and serious forms of physical, psychological or sexual violence).
The objective is to encourage and assist Member States to implement the EU protective legal provisions on vulnérable asylum seekers, which are included in the various asylum directives.

The project is implemented in 9 Member States: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and coordinated by a French NGO, Parcours d’Exil.
All partners, apart from the Odysseus Academic Network, are national NGOs which provide psychological, medical and/or social support to torture victims.
It was selected by the Commission on June 2012; its implementation started in September 2012 and will run until February 2014.

The Odysseus Academic Network is involved in the training component of the project. Training sessions will be organized at national level by each NGO partner in the 9 MS involved in the project. Each session includes a legal part dedicated to the European and national legal framework on the treatment of vulnerable asylum seekers and their identification as well as a medico-psychological part dedicated to the identification and treatment of psychological trauma. The latter part will be undertaken by NGO partners while the legal part of the training will be ensured by Odysseus members.

The training sessions are free of charge for the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries have been identified by the national NGO partners. The main target groups are social workers and representatives of relevant national authorities therefore the majority is not likely to have a legal background.

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