Animus Association Foundation provides services to victims of violence, including victims of trafficking in human beings. The organisation manages a 24/7 hotline for victims of violence (0800 1 86 76), St. Petka Crisis Centre for victims of violence which also functions as a transit centre for victims of trafficking as well as diverse programmes for psychological and social support.
Based on its wealth of experience, Animus develops activities in the area of advocacy and women’s rights, prevention of violence and it also trains specialists in support professions as regards the identification and protection of victims of violence.
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
Address: Sofia 1504, 7 Varbitsa Street
Telephone/fax: 02 943 4876, 02 944 0670, 02 943 4405
Mobiles: 0884 152 641, 0884 156 726,
0884 149 354
Programme for Legal Protection for Refugees and Migrants
Address: Sofia 1000, 1 Uzundzhovska Street
Telephone/fax: 02 981 3318, 02 980 0057
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee operates a Programme for Legal Protection for Refugees and Migrants which offers legal advice, representation and attorney defence. The Programme offers free specialised legal advice: representation in the course of the asylum procedure, professional and independent attorney defence, defence before the court and other State institutions, assistance for successful integration, support for voluntary repatriation.
Health without Borders Association / Sexual Health Centre
Health without Borders Association / Sexual Health Centre
CheckPoint Sofia – Sexual Health Centre
Address: 111 Tzar Samuil Street, Sofia 1000
Telephone: +359 878 33 93 94
Sexual Health Centre – Blagoevgrad
Telephone: +359 (0)878 35 75 71
The Health without Borders Association offers free tests and examinations for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhoea, candidosis, chlamydia, bacterial infections and others. Monitoring pregnancies for HIV-positive women.
Social support for people who are HIV-positive, accompanying to health and social institutions, information about rights and specific steps to be followed in order to deal with the challenges of HIV more easily. Emotional support. Self-help group for people with HIV.
The Bulgarian Council for Refugees and Migrants is a platform for protection and integration of refugees and migrants which aims to ensure a fair and effective protection system. The organisation maintains an electronic platform (https://www.refugee-integration.bg) with detailed information about the rights and the integration of migrants and refugees in Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian Red Cross is a voluntary organisation which supports refugees and migrants along with other vulnerable groups in the country. The specialised Refugee and Migrant Service offers social support, financial assistance, donations, etc. for people with humanitarian status and status of refugees seeking asylum as well as those who have been denied such.
Address: Sofia, Ilinden Residential Estate, bl. 55, entrance 3, apt. 47
Telephone: +359 2 920 08 25
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Address: Sofia, 93 Antim I Street
Telephone: +359 88 850 9837
Caritas provides social support for a better integration in Bulgaria of refugees and asylum seekers at registration and reception centres in the country and in temporary accommodation centres.
At the St. Anna Centre for integration of refugees and migrants in Sofia, vulnerable refugees and migrants may obtain individual support and assistance to find a job, including training in Bulgarian. Cultural mediators and translators are available.
The organisation has registered a specialised Vocational Training Centre which offers diverse qualification courses.
The national network of health mediators (NNHM) brings together people and their efforts towards change in policies, stereotypes, attitudes and work for equal access to quality healthcare for vulnerable communities, through the model of mediation. The health mediator is a bridge between vulnerable minority communities and health and social agencies. They are respected and trusted by the people from the community, and have the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies for a job requiring high level of responsibility.
- To sustainably develop and refine the health mediation model and structure of NNHM
- To improve the health and social conditions of vulnerable communities and their access to health and social care and services
- To increase the capacity of the community through education
- To form and change national and local policies in health and the health and social spheres
- To increase the culture around health, and awareness and skills in vulnerable communities
- To change the notions around vulnerable communities in public spaces
The mission of the association “Center Dymanika” is to provide psycho-social support, legal aid and consultations for vulnerable groups in communities towards achieving equality. The goals of the association are:
To assist the development of healthcare, the disabled and disadvantaged, or persons needing care.
To work towards improving societal conditions, the role and status of women in society, for their protection from discrimination and establishing a guarantee of actual equality for women, regardless of ethnicity and which region they reside in.
To contribute towards increasing the legal culture of citizens and protection of their fundamental rights and freedoms.
Use of services on a voluntary basis, professionalism in providing services to clients, confidentiality and a cooperative approach for cases.
Categories of persons who can benefit – women and children, men, and families.
“Ekaterina Karavelova” Association
The organization protects the rights of women and children, victims of domestic violence and trafficking, and provides social services for persons, who have difficulties or are unable to meet their basic necessities of life.
The goals of the organization are:
Assisting the development of civil and social rights of women and the right of professional career; overcoming the effects of experienced violence and trafficking of people with the goal of improving psychological health of Bulgarian women and their children; protection of fundamental rights of children in accordance to the Convention of the UN for child rights and the law for protection of the child; promoting civil activity in the population of the region of Silistra for solving major regional problems, related to different social groups and communities; development of programs and projects for solving demographic, ecological and social problems for the population in the region.
Social work with children with deviant behavior; living in families at risk; school dropouts, social work with children living in specialized institutions; social work with children and women, who have experienced different forms of violence; social work with prostituted persons with regard to HIV/AIDS; sexual transmitted diseases; social work with unemployed young persons; social work towards reintegration; social work with parents and close persons to drug users; social work with parents, identified as high risk of child abandonment, social work with families, which have difficulties in child rearing and care; social work with admitted families and their children, social work with problematic development from 0 to 7 year old children; work with candidate-adoptive parents and adoptive parents; health education and promotion of health among pregnant women; advocacy for citizen’s rights; work with volunteers, collaborators and donors; establishing and developing social undertaking and support of social entrepreneurship.
A community of experts in the assistance of children and families, which combine theory and practice. Work in professionalizing of social practice with children and families such as developing new models, conducting scientific and scientifically-applied studies, dissemination of new knowledge and skills, support for professional development through sharing and consideration of own experience. SAP manages two centers for community support in Sofia – Community Support Center (CSC) “Nadezhda” and CSC “Slaveykov Complex for Social Services of Children and Families” (CSSCF) in Shumen municipality, CSSCF –Vidin, Children’s center for advocacy and support Zona ZaKrila Montana and Shumen.
The Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria assists refugees and protection seekers in the process of their adaptation and integration in the Bulgarian society.
Through it programmes for direct work with refugees and protection seekers, it offers help in the form of social mediation and humanitarian support.
Social mediation allows for a direct access to social support in the form of translation and communication facilitation, accompanying to State institutions, social counselling and information, covering emergency health and social costs of vulnerable people.
Humanitarian support provides those in need with items of necessity (obtained through donations) in view of the social situation they find themselves in.
The team of Voice in Bulgaria Legal Aid Centre provides free consultations to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants as well as legal representation in administrative and judicial proceedings at the national and European levels. The team provides support to those placed at MoI temporary accommodation centres.
The Centre holds group information sessions for foreign nationals.
Foundation Access to Rights provides legal assistance to vulnerable people with financial difficulties; it conducts independent professional studies about the access to rights in Bulgaria; through events and media campaigns, it boosts the institutional and public awareness, sensitivity and engagement in relation to the need to address systemic problems in the access to fundamental human rights; it conducts training and seminars and provides paper-based and electronic materials for university students, lawyers, judges, public servants and volunteers.
Foundation Access to Rights – FAR administers a self-help platform for refugees and migrants with up-to-date information in different area – www.refugeelife.bg. The website features guidelines in four languages in areas such as work in Bulgaria, healthcare, legal aid, trafficking in human beings, specialised services for women and children, social benefits and others. It also gives an interactive map with the contact information needed. If the details given are insufficient, FAR offers options for direct legal advice and support for employment (issuance of work permit, visa, right to stay, etc.).
- Provide expertise and promote the development of rights-based policies to combat trafficking in persons;
- provide knowledge and develop skills of high-risk groups to recognize and avoid situations that may lead to trafficking and exploitation;
- support the social reintegration of victims by providing legal assistance and economic empowerment measures;
- enhance the involvement of the private sector in a broad partnership network to combat trafficking in human beings