In advance of the first comprehensive assessment of victim support services throughout the EU, to be published later this year in an in-depth report, FRA is making some of its comparative tables and maps available on its website.
As this year’s International Youth Day focuses on youth and mental health, FRA points to the need to address mental health issues from an early age. This will better prepare young people for employment and inclusion in the community by tackling the stigma and discrimination that many face during their formative years.
FRA has now made available its five year Strategic Plan. The plan outlines the agency’s main achievements during its first five years from 2007 which served as the basis for setting the main strategic priorities for the following five years, starting from 2013.
Web-based activities, including social media, account for most data protection violations, according to FRA research into data protection remedies published earlier this year. While people rarely turn to courts to seek redress, a student has recently launched a collective redress lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social network of violating data protection law and supporting America's National Security Agency activities.
Each year millions of children, women and men from all over the world are trafficked. On 30 July, the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons will take place to raise awareness of the plight of these countless millions of victims and to globally support campaigns to end human trafficking.
Despite the numerous fundamental rights achievements that the EU has made over the years, many people across Europe continue to suffer. Greater access to justice for victims and a stronger institutional framework for fundamental rights are two areas of particular note that the FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, highlighted when addressing the Council Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP) in Brussels on 15 July.
Members of the Spanish Observatory against domestic and gender violence have unanimously decided to grant its prestigious annual prize to the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights for its outstanding work to help end violence against women.