The Bijlmer Project is a research and intervention based project focusing on the psychosocial needs of victims of human trafficking,who were bought and sold for sexual exploitation. It deals with a larger issue at hand -MODERN DAY SLAVERY.

It is a collaborative project between Webster University (Leiden) &  Christian Aid & Resources Foundation (CARF) situated in the Bijlmer (Amsterdam Zuid Oost).



Bridge2Hope stands for rightful freedom, independence and safety for survivors of sexual exploitation, who have fallen through the social safety net, empowering them economically, legally, and socially, enabling them to lead productive lives.
WHY BIJLMER The Bijlmer area, although a part of Amsterdam, signifies diversity of population. There are people from Latin America (Suriname, Dutch Antilles, Dominican Republic), Africa (Ghana, Nigeria,Cameroon) and Asia (Pakistan, India, China, Indonesia). These different ethnic origins cohabit and provide for a multicultural environment. Unfortunately it is also stigmatized as a result of its portrayal as a developing neighborhood. .

Affiliations at the community level, which translate into establishing and maintaining on going relationships with organizations that work at the grass root level, are critical to the success of The Bijlmer Project. Webster University, Leiden & Christian Aid and Resources Foundation (CARF) have come together to work on this project.


We are in the process of establishing contact with other individuals and organizations both governmental and nongovernmental.

Investigation of areas in need of psychosocial interventions for victims of sex trafficking
The Bijlmer Project is a great example of meaningful research that continues to serve our community. Not only because it may change the day-to-day lives of women and men who are victims of human trafficking but also because I am convinced that the project will create more awareness in our society as a whole. This will lead to a better understanding of the existence and elimination of human trafficking which should be a concern for all of us. Prof. Dr. Jean Paul van Marissing Director Webster University Leiden

Majority of the studies conducted in the recent past have focused on factors contributing to the increase in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The predominant factors being education, globalization, poverty, unemployment, political instability, family values and size in the supply source countries.


While the prevalence rates and the economics of this transnational trafficking industry have been well documented there has been limited focus on investigating the psychosocial needs of the trafficked victims and consequently a lack of intervention based programs.


Research findings are indicative of the presence of psychological disorders in the victims of human trafficking, e.g. anxiety, depression and PTSD but there is fragmented anecdotal evidence to suggest the type of interventions that are effective in addressing these psycho-social needs.


This study is a comprehensive-questionnaire based study to explore the needs for psychosocial intervention from the victim’s perspective, therefore an ‘inside-out’ approach. It consequently contributes to the 2nd phase, The Bijlmer Bridge2Hope that works on developing a training module for a peer education program for trafficked victims.


A comprehensive questionnaire based interview study conducted by Webster University in collaboration with CARF:

  • Construction of Research Questionnaire.


  • Training program for students- Sensitization of students in dealing with special target groups.


  • Identification of participant group (victims in camps and safe houses). Relationship building at the grass root level is in progress to establish contacts with the various governmental and non-governmental oganizations.


  • Implementation Phase/Data Collection Phase.


  • Data Analysis.


  • Conclusions and recommendations based on the results generated.


  • You can contact the team of the Bijlmer Project for further information on the results of this study.
  • Gather socio-demographic data of the victims interviewed and highlight factors that led to the eventual trafficking.


  • Identify symptoms of psychological disturbance- symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD


  • Highlight the psycho-social needs of victims - an inside out approach versus an outside in approach i.e. common practice


  • Evaluate levels of sexual health awareness - HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections


  • Investigate gaps in the existing ‘referral system’ – Legal & Psychiatric HELP


  • Identify potential case studies for longitudinal research-focusing on the ‘role of the mother’ in human trafficking
A Victim’s Perspective

Have questions on what your gift will be used for, or a request on where you would like it to go? We’re happy to share. Write us at info@thebijlmerproject.com

Account Name : Friends of Webster

Bank details : ABN AMRO

Account number : 406854777


IBAN : NL95ABNA0406854777


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