Context and goals of this project

Free2Link is a two-year project (November 2020 – October 2022) conceived and managed by a consortium of organisations led by Progetto Tenda ONLUS, carried out in the context of the REC Action Grant 2020 of the European Commission.

The focus of the intervention is the contrast of the e-trafficking phenomenon through research, training and advocacy actions. In particular, among the objectives of the project:

  • Strengthen the skills of operators in identifying and preventing victims of e-trafficking, making innovative digital tools available to them.
  • Connect organisations involved in the reception, integration and protection of victims of trafficking, in particular those based between Italy, Greece and in other European countries affected by human trafficking and to deal with the phenomenon of e-trafficking.
  • Produce and disseminate evidence and practices to combat the phenomenon of e-trafficking in Europe, in order to increase awareness and dialogue on the issue, involving both sector operators and policymakers.

Digital technologies for training and advocacy

Despite its emerging as one of the main methods of attracting and forcing women and girls into human trafficking in Europe, the phenomenon of e-trafficking is poorly understood by professionals and stakeholders in the sector, and is therefore little addressed in the host countries. 

Professional operators dealing with victims of trafficking today need practical tools in terms of training and skills, but this is not the only answer: there is a need for a place where create and aggregate critical resources on the subject and where to build a community to face it in a practical and innovative way.

Thanks to the Free2Link project this place will be shaped as a digital e-learning platform, multilingual and interactive, in which updated and quality content will be made available, such as data and research on the phenomenon of e-trafficking; courses updates, informative tutorials for NGO and association operators, public and private sector professionals (including those of local authorities and law enforcement agencies).

The platform will also become the virtual meeting space between operators from different countries and will be the first vehicle to stimulate public awareness on this issue.

Partners

The project is led by Progetto Tenda Torino and is run in collaboration with DRC Greece, LABC, CWEP Poland, Nesta Italia.

Why are we doing this? The role of Nesta Italia in the consortium

We have chosen to participate in this project by making our skills available in initiating social innovation processes, generating new, courageous and shared ideas capable of responding to a social need through technological solutions that can be at the service of communities.

Within the consortium we will deal with:

  • Leading research on the phenomenon of e-trafficking, producing a report on the state of the phenomenon in Europe
  • Guiding the process of monitoring and impact assessment through the models of the Theory of Change and the log frame based approach. The monitoring system supports partners in the implementation strategy and in the assessment of outcomes with respect to the expected impact
  • Developing the advocacy strategy, through the production of a dedicated toolkit and the activation of a communication campaign.