Mario_project_logo_Terre_des_Hommes_to_protect_children_on_the_move_in_EuropeThe project Mario builds on a solid partnership established in 2009 when major child protection NGOs in Europe including ECPAT, Terre des hommes, Save the Children in Albania and Nobody’s Children Foundation joined forces to provide more effective intervention and advocacy for Central and South Eastern European (C/SEE) migrant children at risk of exploitation and trafficking.

The project Mario today aims at improving the level of protection of C/SEE migrant children who are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and/or trafficking. The project seeks – through transnational outreach research, advocacy, trainings and direct support to professionals and empowerment of C/SEE at-risk migrant children – to find multilateral solutions to the problems that children face prior, during or after migration and that require coordinated protection schemes for individual children. Services which protect at-risk migrant children in Central and South Eastern Europe from abuse, exploitation or other violations of their rights will be provided with a strong emphasis put on child participation. Activities at national and regional levels, coupling field work with a strong research component will also aim at fostering inter-institutional and transnational collaboration while promoting evidence-based and European solutions to the unsafe migration of C/SEE children.

Mario in the field:

  • Reinforcing capacities
  • Child participation
  • Direct support for the most vulnerable children
  • Advocating for the rights of C/SEE migrant children


Joint action to protect children from exploitation in Europe
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