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Coordinator and partners



General Secretariat for Immigration and Emigration, OBERAXE

Country: Spain

The Spanish Observatory for Racism and Xenophobia (OBERAXE) is a governmental entity depending on the Secretary General of Immigration and Emigration, in the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

The Oberaxe was established by the Spanish legislation which regulates rights and duties of migrant persons (L.O. 4/2000, of 11th January on the rights of immigrants and their social integration in Spain) and includes the prevention of racism, xenophobia and intolerance in general as an essential part for the integration of immigrants.

The mandate of Oberaxe includes: the collection and analysis of information on racism and xenophobia in Spain to provide information on the situation and its evolution; the promotion of the principle of equal treatment and non-discrimination and the fight against racism and xenophobia; and the collaboration and coordination with public and private, national and international institutions related to the prevention and fight against racism and xenophobia.

The National Comprehensive Strategy against Racism, Xenophobia and related Intolerance, approved by the Council of Ministers in 2011, is the framework for the activities of Oberaxe, as well as for public institutions and civil society in Spain.



Ministry of Justice of Finland, Anti-discrimination and Fundamental Rights Team

Country: Finland

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is the ministry for democracy and rule of law. MoJ, and more specifically its Unit for Democracy, Language Affairs and Fundamental Rights is in charge of the implementation of the Non-discrimination Act and coordinates the discrimination monitoring system. MoJ implements currently several EU funded projects related to fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the promotion of good relations at local level. The MoJ also coordinates the activities of the national Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations.

The national Proximity network coordinated by MoJ includes the National Police Board, the European Crime Prevention Institute and civil society actors.


Madrid Municipal Police

Country: Spain

Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Council) is a public institution whose Police Department, MADRID MUNICIPAL POLICE, is an armed force of civil nature with hierarchical structure and organization.With a work force of 6500, Madrid Municipal Police is the largest local Force in Spain, whose main aim is to provide security in different areas. The city of Madrid is divided in 21 districts and each one of them counts with a Municipal Police Unit commanded by a high rank officer, except for the Centre District, which for operational purposes is divided into two Units. All 22 Police District Units are primarily responsible for monitoring public spaces, ensuring normal living and preventing criminal acts, adding to this the tasks in administrative police, the coordination with the Body of Traffic Agents in charge of directing traffic in the city and enforcing its rules.

Every District Police Unit includes a group of School Police Officers dedicated to protect minors and ensure safety in school environment, as well as a Citizen’s Assistance Office where demands and complaints from citizens are immediately collected and processed, having regular meetings with the district associative network and citizen’s representatives.

This type of administrative and police decentralization claims that the organization is as close as possible to the citizen.

Furthermore, the institution includes 18 Specialized Units with functions to perform specific tasks such as public safety, road safety and investigation of motor vehicles accidents, a judicial police, environment, gender and domestic violence, hate crimes, all of them providing support to other Units.


Riga Municipal Police (RMP)

Country: Latvia

The Riga Municipal Police is a part of the Riga City Council and operates within the administrative territory of Riga city. It is governed by the Law on Police of the Republic of Latvia. The Riga Municipal Police is the institution responsible for public order. The responsible, dynamic and exciting daily work in the Riga Municipal Police includes the following:

  • performance of duties to ensure public order and security;
  • duties of the Operative Units that work 24/7 and react to the emergency calls;
  • running of the municipal Video Surveillance Centre;
  • ensuring safety and security of the minors within the territory of the city;
  • ensuring of public order and security in the municipal beaches;
  • enforcement of the provisions stipulated in the Latvian Administrative Violations Code and the Binding Regulations of Riga City Council, and making decisions according to the aforementioned regulations;
  • reviewing applications, complaints and proposals.

Source of finance is the Riga City Council. The Riga Municipal Police has a complex and integrated structure that consists of the headquarters, six district/suburb departments and three specialized services.


Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

Country: Estonia

The main tasks of Police and Border Guard Board are the securing of the external border of the European Union; the determination of citizenship and issue of documents; security and public order in the state; and the investigation and prevention of offences.

The first contact points for people in their home town or village are sub-units of four regional prefectures - constable stations, border guard stations or service offices of Migration and Citizenship Bureau.

Police and Border Guard Board is a police authority. All officers, regardless of their full title or position, whether a border guard, a traffic police officer, an investigator or a pilot – are police officers. The general name of the organisation is the police.

By its principles, the police are a servicing organisation and we consider it our main duty to do our best so that law-abiding people would feel as safe as possible in Estonia.  To that end, we cooperate with partner organisations of public authorities as well as private sector and non-profit associations. Our core values that we uphold in our daily work are trustworthiness, openness, cooperation, human-centeredness, safety, professionalism, integrity and humanity.


Lisbon Police (PSP)

Country: Portugal

The Public Security Police (PSP) is responsible for maintaining security and public order in the main urban areas on the mainland and complete responsibility on the islands of Madeira and Azores. The PSP controls the import, sale and transportation of firearms and is responsible for the close protection of important national and foreign figures. The PSP also controls the authorizations of the private security sector and plays an important role on the criminal investigation. It has a national headquarters, Metropolitan, Regional and District Commands, Special Units and Police Schools.

The PSP mission is to ensure democratic legality, guarantee internal security and the rights of citizens, in accordance with the Constitution and the law.


University of Milan

Country: Italy

The University of Milan, established in 1924, is a public teaching and research-intensive university, the only Italian among the 21 prestigious members of LERU (League of European Research Universities), and an internationally high-ranked university. The Department of Social and Political Sciences (SPS) has been ranked first among the large departments of social sciences in the 2004-2010 research assessment. SPS conducts and coordinates research and teaching programmes in the fields of social and political theory, public policy analysis, the politics of work and welfare, the study of culture and of social relations, immigration and migration policies. The Department was established in April 2012 when it merged Department of Social and Political Studies and the Department of Labour and Welfare Studies.


TRABE Association

Country: Spain

TRABE is a non-profit organization, created in 2005 in Spain. Its main goal is to improve life conditions of vulnerable people, to promote diversity and good understanding at local level, to promote integration through social economy and solidarity projects. It mainly works with women, young people, immigrants, victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, etc.

TRABE has more than 40 professionals and collaborators working on several projects and integration services. Researchers, equality experts, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, counselors and economists.

TRABE has several open services that receive people with special needs (job seekers, young people, entrepreneurs, women victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, etc.):

  • APTIVA-t program, aimed at labour market inclusion for women, migrants, refugees/asylum seekers, etc.
  • Social integration programs for especially vulnerable groups (women, young people, migrants, etc.)
  • Management of 2 Municipal Centres in Tetuan and Vicalvaro (districts of Madrid). Integrated and comprehensive advisory service for women with a special focus on cultural activities (Art and Empowerment). Development of projects promoting empowerment of women and social groups.
  • Management of a shelter and protection Centre for women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and their children.
  • Management of "Concepcion Arenal" Centre: social intervention service for women victims of sexual exploitation. This service includes psychological and social support, legal advice, career guidance, etc. (in collaboration with City Council of Madrid).
  • Mobile Unit for assistance to women on prostitution in Madrid.


Foundation for Access to Rights – FAR

Country: Bulgaria

The Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR) is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization founded in the public interest. FAR works for:

  • Establishment of effective mechanisms to guarantee access to rights in practice and effective protection against arbitrary deprivation of rights;
  • Increasing the institutional and public awareness, sensitivity and commitment to the need to address systemic problems in access to basic human rights in Bulgaria;
  • Development of a favourable legislative environment in line with European and International standards for the protection of human rights and the establishment of best practices on access to rights.

The main activities of FAR are:

  • Legal aid. FAR provides legal aid to vulnerable persons with financial difficulties in situations revealing systemic problems in access to rights where solution of these problems would lead to enhanced social justice.
  • Research. FAR conducts independent professional research on access to rights in Bulgaria.
  • Advocacy. Through advocacy events and meetings and production of media campaigns, FAR increases the institutional and public awareness, sensitivity and commitment to the need to address systemic problems in access to basic human rights.
  • Sharing knowledge. FAR informs the public and the media on the findings and recommendations of studies conducted, as well as on the existence of barriers to access to rights. FAR provides training, printed and digital resources for students, lawyers, judges, volunteers, staff of institutions working with refugees and immigrant.


Bradford Hate Crime Alliance (BHCA)

Country: United Kingdom

BHCA is a registered Charity and Company limited by guarantee in the UK. It has a track record of over 25 years of developing anti-hate strategies, delivering third party hate crime reporting pathways and supporting victims of hate crime.

The Purpose of BHCA is to eliminate hate crime by working collaboratively to provide a formal structure for reporting hate crime within our communities. Co-ordinating reporting pathways, encouraging joined-up working and supporting victims of hate crime and their families.

Bradford Hate Crime Alliance is committed to providing a range of new and innovative services to help our communities to challenge hate in all its forms. The service development plan includes developing new innovative services such as Voices for Peace to challenge hate on line, Bradford Community Support Team to help young people to remain safe from all forms of extremism & radicalisation. Its aim is to further diversify the range of anti-hate services offered by March 2018. BHCA will increase reporting through the development of a mobile phone application for young people.

Associated Partners:

European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) - 23 countries, 123 cities
European Network of Policewomen (ENP)
Ministry of Interior of Spain