Reaching Out Romania
AbbreviationROR
Formation1999
TypeNGO
PurposeTo rescue and rehabilitate Eastern European sex trafficking victims
HeadquartersPitești
Location
Region served
Europe
Official language
Romanian
Director
Iana Matei
Websitewww.reachingout.ro

Reaching Out Romania (also simply called Reaching Out, abbreviated ROR) is a non-governmental[1] charitable organization[2] in Romania that helps girls ages 13 to 22 exit the sex industry.[3] ROR rescues these girls from the Moldovan and Romanian mafia, which have normally trafficked the girls out of Romania and into Western Europe.[4] ROR runs a facility in Pitești that offers life skills-based education to these girls,[5] teaching them how to do things such as painting and sewing.[6] This safe house hides the girls from their traffickers. A psychologist is on staff to meet with the girls.[7] The organization was founded in 1999[8] by Iana Matei, who was named European of the Year in 2010 by Reader's Digest.[9]

References

  1. ^ Ending Violence Against Women: From Words to Action. United Nations. 2006. p. 120. ISBN 9211302536.
  2. ^ "Sex slavery plagues Romania and Bulgaria". Gleaner Company. December 29, 2006. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mary O'Hara-Devereaux (2004). Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation. John Wiley & Sons. p. 259. ISBN 0787976008.
  4. ^ Peter Landesman (2009). James Ellroy; Otto Penzler; Thomas H. Cook (eds.). "The Girls Next Door". The Best American Crime Writing 2005. HarperCollins: 13. ISBN 0061842605.
  5. ^ Anthony DeStefano (2007). The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed. Rutgers University Press. p. 54. ISBN 0813541573.
  6. ^ "Reaching out, a shelter for trafficked girls". UNICEF. Retrieved August 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Iana Matei - premiul Europeanul Anului 2010". Avantaje (in Romanian). 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Paul Ciocoiu (October 31, 2011). "Human trafficking in Romania - low risk, high income business". Southeast European Times. Retrieved August 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Roemeense activiste voor mensenrechten Europeaan van 2010". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). January 20, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)