Implementation of the National Referral System (hereafter SNR), reflects a special cooperation framework through which government structures have the obligations concerning the protection and promotion of human rights regarding the people who have suffered of trafficking in human beings (THB) and coordinate their efforts in strategic partnerships with civil society and other active actors in this field. The creation of the SNR in Moldova began in 2006 with support of external donors and NGOs within a pilot project launched by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration.
Currently the NRS is extended to all territorial administrative units of the Republic of Moldova in which they were created and trained multidisciplinary teams - groups created from trained specialists / within sections / departments of Social Assistance and Family Protection within District Councils / Municipal Councils, Law enforcement/ Employment Agencies/ health care institutions, Registry Offices, Prosecutor’s Offices, NGOs in the field.
The assistance of victims and potential victims of trafficking in human beings is performed in order to restore the rights through rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of THB into society and to prevent the victimization.
The National Referral System entered into force in 5th December 2008 through Parliament Decision No. 257 on the approval of the Strategy of the National Referral System to Protect and Assist Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Strategy on the National Referral System to Protect and Assist Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking regarding the approval of the National Reference System for the protection and assistance of victims and potential victims of human trafficking 2009-2011.