PSEA training for Ukraine Response volunteers in Varna and Burgas

In our unwavering commitment to preserving safety and dignity within the communities we serve, we are delighted to provide an overview of our recent Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) training for volunteers that IOM Bulgaria collaborates with in Varna and Burgas.

volunteers during PSEA training

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has resulted in over 160,000 refugees registering for Temporary Protection in Bulgaria, with more than 55,000 currently residing in the country. Notably, the Burgas and Varna regions have become focal points, accommodating a substantial concentration of individuals displaced by the war, many of whom are vulnerable and housed in state facilities along the Black Sea coast. The dedicated women volunteers with whom IOM collaborates play an essential role in our support efforts.

volunteers during PSEA training

During the past week, we conducted engaging PSEA training sessions. These sessions ignited thoughtful and eye-opening discussions, creating an environment where our dedicated volunteers could openly exchange ideas and share experiences.The collaborative spirit and shared insights that emerged during these training sessions highlight the strength of our team and the importance of continuing our efforts to ensure safety and dignity for all.

volunteers during PSEA training

This training equips our team to address PSEA concerns professionally and effectively within these communities. The training's pertinence to our work in Varna and Burgas is unmistakable, and we deeply appreciate our volunteers' unwavering dedication to making a meaningful impact.

volunteers from Burgas posing together


IOM Bulgaria's Ukraine Response activities are funded by  the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), The Government of Sweden, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan