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NOVEMBER 6, 2015
PRESENTATION OF THE CROSS BORDER
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN
MARNEULI
CiDA has organized a presentation of the project on Cross
border Economic Development on 6th of November in
Marneuli. The presentation was held for the representatives of
the Information-consultation Centers of the Ministry of
Agriculture and the employees of the Project Management
Agency of the same Ministry in the Kvemo Kartli municipalities.
During the meeting the aims and purposes of the project, the
activities to be upheld and involvement of interested individuals
were discussed. The participants of the events have expressed
their readiness to engage in the activities planned in line with
the project. They also stated that the exchange of the requested
information will be made possible.
The project on Cross border Economic Development is
implemented by CiDA (Georgia), Armenia-based Support for
Noyemberyan (SFN) and the Northern Branch of Eurasia
Partnership Foundation (Armenia). The project is funded by the
European Union in the framework of the Eastern Partnership
Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC).
Territorial Cooperation Programme gives opportunity to every
country from the Eastern Partnership to single out and react
jointly on the challenges in the bordering areas on the local
level through the sustainable economic development. The
Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC)
encompasses 4 programmes: Armenia-Georgia, AzerbaijanGeorgia, Belarus-Ukraine and Moldova -Ukraine.

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GRANT COMPETITION FOR ECO MIGRANTS
In the framework of the project Raising the Economical and
Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in Managing the
Migration Process CiDA has announced a grant competition for
the supporting of eco migrant women with small business
development grants.
With the aim of introducing grant competition's terms in details
to the potential applicants the representatives of the project
have visited Kakheti region, more specifically Erisimedi and
Samtatskaro on 10-11th of November and met the eco migrants.
Maximum 72 winners will get grant of 1000 euros in national
currency for the small business start-up.
The project Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in
Managing the Migration Process is funded by the European Union and is implemented in 7
villages of Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti. The Project is implemented by the Civil Development
Agency (CiDA, Regional Development Center (RDC) and the Georgian Association for
educational Initiatives (SIQA).

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MEETING WITH STUDENTS
On 11th of November Executive Director of CiDA Zviad
Devdariani have conducted a meeting with the students
of the Ilia State University.
The main topics of the meeting were the ongoing issues
in the country, participation of the civil society
organizations in the pressing processes and the role of
the civil sector in the development of the country.
Similar meeting was held at Tbilisi Teaching University
where Etuna Tsotniashvili, Communication Manager of
CiDA met with the students of Journalism faculty and
introduced the activities of the organization. She also
spoke about public relations, event management and
about the role of social media in modern life.
During the meetings already implemented and ongoing
projects of CiDA were discussed. The meetings were held
in a Q&A format.

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CiDA PROVIDED CONSULTATION TO
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the
funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation (SDC) and Austrian Development Cooperation
(ADA) implement the project Fostering Regional and Local
Development in Georgia. In the framework of the project a
small grant competition was announced for the NGOs and
CSOs from the following regions: Kvemo Kartli, SamegreloZemo Svaneti, Guria, Racha-Lechkhumi/Kvemo Svaneti.
According to the terms of reference the proposal should be
in line with the regional development strategies of the
regions, action plans and documents of the priorities of
municipalities (in case of existence of such documents). In
line with the above-mentioned information executive
director of CiDA Zviad Devdariani has held a consultation and
informed the representatives of the interested NGOS in
Rustavi, Kutaisi and Zugdidi.
Earlier, CiDA with the support of the UNDP, and funding of
SDC and ADA has implemented a project together with
partner organization titled Enhancement of Public
Awareness and Fostering Civil Society Organizations
Participation in Regional Planning. The aim of the project
was raising public awareness and ensuring their engagement
in wide consultations for the formation of Action Plans in line
with the Regional Development Strategy of 2016-2018
throughout the 6 regions with the partnership of CSOs.

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CiDA joins the campaign against early marriages which is


being organized in the regions of Georgia by Women's
Movement. The representatives of the organization have
disseminated information posters in Georgian and Azeri
languages in Rustavi and Gardabani.

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On 25th of November in Tbilisi and other cities of Georgia the


meetings were held with the following slogans: let's prevent
early marriage! Early marriage is a violence against girls! Give
girls what they deserve: private life, choice, education,
independence!

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST EARLY MARRIAGES

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According to the organizers 12 underage girls are forced to


get married daily in Georgia; they stop schooling and cannot
get the profession later on. Sexual interaction of adult
husbands with the girls beyond 16 is a criminal offence; this
factors ignored by the state.

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SCREENING OF THE FILM ON MIGRATION
IN THE REGIONS
From November 25th for 2 weeks a film titled What should a
woman know if she wants to go to Greece and Turkey
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The film consists the information which should be known by


the citizens of Georgia who wish to emigrate to Turkey or
Greece. It provides the information on the threats one might
face in foreign countries, what should be avoided by
emigrants, as well as the situation with regard to
employment possibilities and what should women do in
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The screening of the films is held with the support of the


Pilot Initiative of Public Centers of the Ministry of Justice in
the framework of G-PAM project implemented by CiDA. The
Pilot Initiative is supported by the Eurasian Foundation and it
aims at assisting effective implementation of the Migration
Strategy in the framework of the 2015 Action Plan under the
Association Agreement between Georgia and the European
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Training participants were presented problem identification,


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Agency (CiDA), Regional Development Center (RDC) and the Georgian Association for
Educational Initiatives (SIQA).

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In the framework of the project Raising the Economical and


Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in Managing the
Migration Process, partner organization of CiDA, the
Regional Development Center's (RDC) representatives have
held 2 day trainings on the issues of problem identification
and advocacy.

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WORKSHOP ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND
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On November 27 the Office of the Prime-Minister of Georgia


has organized a workshop on the issues of business and human
rights. The meeting was attended by the representatives from
the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economics and
Sustainable Development as well as the deputy Business
Ombudsmen, representatives of the Economic Council
Apparatus and the employees of the Human Rights Protection
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During the meeting CiDA has presented international


standards and practices with regard to business and human
rights, practices of the European countries beyond the
business and human rights Action Plan with regard to
implementation, and CiDA's recommendations on the possible
actions of the government of Georgia in this direction.


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In the Association Agreement between Georgia and the


European Union five articles are dedicated to the corporatesocial responsibility. The fulfilment of these articles has
become obligation of Georgia after the ratification of the
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CiDA is actively working with the government of Georgia in


order to implement international standards of business and
human rights. CiDA's recommendation is adding of the chapter
on business and human rights to the National Action Plan of
Human Rights for 2016-2018.

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Agency (CiDA) have concluded a memorandum of cooperation
on November 30th at the Tbilisi Justice Hall.

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One of the most important components of the obligations taken


under the Association Agreement which was signed between
Georgia and the European Union and the obligations taken in the
process of Visa Liberalization concerns the upgrading of the
management of migration. In the framework of the
memorandum, at the first stage the employees of the six
Community Centers (Sartichala, Mejvriskhevi, Khevi, Geguti,
Mukhaestate, Jvari) will be trained on migration issues with the
aim of providing information to locals effectively; at the same
time special corners will be established at these six Centers with
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In line with the project the operators of the Centers will provide
information to local population on the legal and illegal migration
(taking into account Turkish and Greek examples); they will also
provide assistance to migrants by connecting them to their
family members through Skype; the operators will also help to
connect potential migrants with the lawyers of the organization
and will assist all interested individuals in the process of
becoming a member of facebook group created for migrants.
The above-mentioned initiative is supported by the Georgia-Personalized Assistance for Migrants
(G-PAM) project and the Pilot Initiative of Public Service Development Agency on the Support of
Community Centers which is implemented by CiDA; (the project is funded by the Eurasian
Partnership Foundation, the European Union, the Swedish International Development
Cooperation.)
The project will be implemented during the seven months after the signing of the memorandum
and in case of successful completion analogical projects will be planned in the Community Center
of other villages.

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Civil Development Agency (CiDA) starts working on the


guidebook aimed at the returned migrants with the focus on
reintegration. The purpose of the publication will be providing
returned migrants or the migrants who consider returning to
Georgia with the sufficient information on the issues they face
on the practical level and possibilities in various fields. The
guidebook is being published with the cooperation of the
Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied
Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia in the
framework of the obligations taken by the Ministry in 2013-2015
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The working group was established for the purpose of creating a


publication. The members of the working group are CiDA, the
Migration Center, the International Organization for Migration,
the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied
Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, the State
Commission Secretariat on Migration, the Ministry of Labor,
Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Science,
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The creation and publication of the guidebook on reintegration is supported by the GeorgiaPersonalized Assistance for Migrants (G-PAM) project, which is funded by the European Union.
The document will be available since February 2016.

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TRAININGS IN REGIONS

On December 1-8, CiDA organized trainings on


migration issues in six cities of Georgia: Kutaisi, Zugdidi,
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The series of trainings were conducted by


representatives of CiDA, Migration Center and
Emigrants for Civil Development in addition of the
representatives from the Ministry of Justice and the
Ministry of Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia.

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The training aimed at introducing current


developments on migration throughout the world to
the media. The participants of the training were
informed on the following topics: legal and illegal
migration, management of the expectations related to
migration, challenges of the labor market and social
integration, threats of trafficking, programs in the field
of reintegration, ongoing processes in Georgia with
regard to European integration, the progress in the
direction of visa liberalization and Association
Agreement.
Trainings were held within the G-PAM project funded by the European Union.

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Within the framework of the MoU signed between LEPL


Public Service Development Agency of Ministry of Justice of
Georgia (PSDA) and Civil Development Agency (CiDA), 6
Community Centers throughout Georgia (Jvari, Geguti,
Khevi, Mejvrskhevi, Mukhaestate, Sartichala) host meetings
regarding migration issues Representatives of the project
provide locals with information about legal and illegal
migration to Turkey and Greece, specific characteristics and
problems that usually bother Georgian migrants.
Meetings are followed by screening of a film by CiDA What
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Turkey, which tells about the dangers of the foreign
country, what should the emigrants be beware of, what is
the situation in regards of the employment and what
should a woman do to avoid trafficking.
CiDA is implementing the pilot initiative of Supporting Community Centers of Public
Service Development Agency which is being carried out within the frames of G-PAM
project. Pilot initiative is supported by Eurasia Partnership Foundation and aims at
reinforcing effective implementation of migration strategy envisaged within the frames of
Association Agreement 2015 Action Plan.

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On December 9-10 in Strasbourg the project of the Council
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Decision-making Process in the Eastern Partnership
Countries was presented. Zviad Devdariani, ExecutiveDirector of CiDA has attended the presentation.

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During the meeting the Project Advisors' Committee was


formed which unites the representatives of NGOs and
governments from the targeted states. From Georgia CiDA
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The project funded by the European Union aims at fostering


efficient cooperation in the process of democratic decisionmaking among the civil society and government in the
Eastern Partnership region. Several activities are planned for
achieving the aim, among them conducting of the joint
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The project covers Eastern European countries Armenia,


Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.

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TRAINING ON MIGRATION AND EUROPEAN
INTEGRATION FOR R-CSN MEMBERS
On 11th of December 2015 a training was held by CiDA on the topic of
migration and Georgia's integration into the European Union. The
participants of the training were NGOs from the Regional Civil Society
Network (R-CSN). The representative of the organization Emigrants for
Civic Development Keti Abulashvili has provided information to the
participants on the topic of general migration processes and legal and
illegal migration. She has talked about the tragic cases which take place
during the illegal border crossing. Abulashvili has also highlighted the
psychological and physical barriers illegal migrants have to face.
Sopho Samushia, representative of the Office of the State Minister of the
European and Euro Atlantic Integration has presenter to the participants
of the training European perspective of Georgia and talked about the
reforms Georgia had to undergo as part of the home-work for achieving a
visa liberalization.
The participants were particularly interested in the topic of illegal
migration and the reintegration programs. They have also expressed
interest about Georgian migrants abroad and their families back in
Georgia. The training proved to be extremely productive and different
ideas were expressed by the representatives of the R-CSN's NGOs. They
have actively engaged in the discussion as the topics brought up during
the training are top issues among the society nowadays. It is important
that NGOs, the ones that have direct interaction with the rural population
hold a right information on migration issues. Ordinary citizens as well as
relatives, friends and acquaintances usually approach NGO
representatives on these issues and they should be able to provide right
answers on the topic, says Salome Zurabishvili, CiDA's lawyer.
Keti Abulashvili expressed hope that the information received during the
training will be widespread by the participants in the regions. Due to the
fact that the participants were actively engaged in the process of training,
and discussions, also Q&A session was held, thus I hope very much that
they will use this information actively in the regions in the rural areas
they come from. Also, there was a suggestion expressed that this type of
meetings should be held more often and more information should be
spread on migration and European integration, she said.
According to Sopho Samushia it is of great importance to involve regions
actively in the process of European integration. I had a speech on
Georgia's European integration process. I have highlighted the European
Neighborhood Policy as well as the Eastern Partnership in general and
Georgia's engagement as well as reforms, success stories and
expectations. I have also talked about the Visa Liberalization and the
current situation in this regard. It turned up to be extremely engaging
meeting. I hope the information was helpful. We consider that the
involvement of civil society is very important. I hope that this kind of
discussions will be help more often, because this is a process in which
everyone should get engaged. I am glad that the training was attended by
the representatives from the regions. Regions' participation is pivotal so
that the integration process is all-encompassing and everyone should
have a possibility to contribute to it, Sopho adds.
The training was accessed positively by the participants. The head of the
association Union of Inhabitants from Chiatura Shota Gaprindashvili
said that the person is about to embark on illegal migration route should
know about the possible problems. The organizations which have close
contacts with the population are obliged to inform the citizens and
encourage them to think before making wrong decision of immigrating
illegally. It is better for them to take more time, get the documents
prepared and follow legal migration path; furthermore, Georgian citizens
will have the possibility to visit Europe visa free from 2016 for 90 days;
there is also a chance that we will be given possibility to work in Europe
in future freely. As for the integration into the EU and Association
Agreement, awareness raising campaign in this regard needs to become
more active, so that the society is aware of the benefits that the EU offers
in comparison to our Northern neighbor, Shota Gaprindashvili says.

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The Training was held in the framework of the Advancing CSO Capacities and Engaging Society for
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DISCUSSION ON SELF-GOVERNANCE
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have participated in the discussion. The purpose of the workshop
was determining the problems in the self-governance, accessing the
success of the reform launched by the government as well as its
future direction. The representatives of the NGOs were given the
floor to state their viewpoints on the issues related to selfgovernance.

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Main points brought up during the discussion on the selfgovernance topic by the representatives of the NGOs will be
analyzed and formulated as a report. The report will be
accompanied by the conclusions and recommendations after which
the decision will be taken on the ways of presenting the report.
The representative of the Open Society Georgia Foundation
(OSGF) Tiniko Bolkvadze when talking about the access to
information from the self-government singled out 3 types of
problems. First is the outdated legislation. According to her the
legislation needs to be upgraded. Second problem is connected to
the website. According to Bolkvadze OSGF together with the
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and the
Ministry of the Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
works on the problem. As for the third problem, it is connected with
the standard of the information processing. According to her the
measures are taken to deal with the last point as well.
Rusudan Gurgenidze, representative from the Step-Kharagauli says
that the discussion was timely and much needed. The discussion
has outlined the topics which are problematic in self-governance
and require immediate solutions. The recommendations and
analysis which are the result of today's discussion will help us in
future in the process of assisting self-government in improving their
functioning, Gurgenidze claimed.
Main purpose of the workshop was to access the self-governance
reform, the current state of it and the challenges of the reform. The
workshop will result into a report which will reflect all the challenges
which the reform faces as well as the recommendations for ensuring
the success of the reform. The specific recommendations voiced
during the meeting will be put forward. Later on, when the report
will be ready we will decide on the ways of presenting the findings,
said Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of CiDA.
The meeting was held in the framework of the following projects: Local Government Reforms
Regional Initiative (LGRI) and Support of Rural Citizen Participation in Self-governance with the
financial assistance of the Open Society Georgia Foundation.

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WORKSHOP OF THE REGIONAL
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SUPPORT OF RURAL BOARD MEETINGS
In the framework of the project on Support of Participation of
Rural Population in Self-governance a meeting of regional
partners was held in Gudauri on 13th of December.
During the meeting the member organizations of the Regional
Civil Society Network (R-SCN) have presented joint initiatives on
the support of rural board meetings. They have discussed village
targeting, report systematization and other technical issues.
The Regional Civil Society Network (R-SCN) has been involved
in the process of self-governance reform from the very
beginning. When the working version of the Code was being
written, we had continuous attempts to put forward our views
with regard to the issues. Despite the fact that we have great
number of comments with regard to the Code that has been
already approved, overall, it is in our interest to foster the
implementation of the positive provisions from it. This is
particularly true for the change introduced to the Code, which
deals with the forms of civil participation. We plan to inform
inhabitants of about 100 villages with the help of our partners
on the possibilities offered by the legislation. We would like to
assist the villages which would like to organize a founding
sessions of the board. Today a meeting among partners was
held. We have gone through the technical issues, discussed
various approaches that might be used by us during the process
and we plan to start activities in the villages by the end of
January, said Executive Director of CiDA Zviad Devdariani.
The project Support of Participation of Rural Population in Selfgovernance is implemented by CiDA in a partnership with
regional Civil Society Network and financial assistance of the
Open Society Georgia.
The project aims at supporting self-governance reform, through
ensuring a civic participation in the process of the decisionmaking with regard to local problems, as well as during the
implementation phase.
The project has several purposes, among them: increasing the
role of regional civil society organizations in the process of selfgovernance, informing population on the board meetings of the
community and ensuring successful establishment of the
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
CLUB WORKSHOP
A workshop of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Club
was held in Kvareli at the Training Center of Justice on 19th of
December. The workshop was attended by representatives of
the companies and organizations who enjoy CSR
membership. The meeting aimed at generating new ideas
and creating an action plan of CSR Club for the year of 2016.
During the meeting members of the Club have summed up
activities of 2015, more specifically they have accessed
strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Club.
The working group has agreed on the priorities as well as
specific activities for the year of 2016.
One of the priorities mentioned above entails an assistance
to the implementation of international corporate social
responsibility standards in Georgia. For this purpose, the
following activities were planned: conducting of the research
on corporate social responsibility, holding a conference on
the topic, insuring an awareness-raising campaign on the
issue and so on.
The activities outlined by the working group will be
discussed at the extended meeting of CSR Club in January,
where the Action Plan for 2016 of CSR Club will be approved.
The activities implemented by CiDA with regard to corporate social responsibility is
supported by East-West Management Institute (EWMI) through the ACCESS project.

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MEDIA TRAINING ON MIGRATION

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On December 18-20 CiDA has organized a training for journalists


which was held at the Kvareli Training Center of Justice. The
training was conducted by the representatives from CiDA, the
Migration Center, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of IDPs
from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees as
well as the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro
Atlantic Integration. The training aimed at introducing current
developments on migration throughout the world to the media.
The participants of the training were informed on the following
topics: legal and illegal migration, management of the
expectations related to migration, challenges of the labor market
and social integration, threats of trafficking, programs in the
field of reintegration, ongoing processes in Georgia with regard
to European integration, the progress in the direction of visa
liberalization and Association Agreement. Towards the end of
the training journalists were asked to form working groups and
have gone through practical cases on the topic of trafficking. 20
journalists from central and regional media have participated in
the training.
The media training was held in the framework of the project Georgia -Personalized Assistance
for Migrants (G-PAM) funded by the European Union which is implemented by CiDA and its
partner organizations. The co-organizers of the training were the interagency council for
organizing activities against human trafficking in the framework of the unified informational
strategy against trafficking and the Secretary of the State Commission on Migration.

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CiDA Wishes You a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!