Jelena Hrnjak

Jelena Hrnjak

Jelena Hrnjak is a women’s and human rights activist, who believes in the strength of civic actions as the key in fight for equality. She is considered one of the most experienced professionals in the field of combating human trafficking in Serbia, especially when it comes to programming and providing support to children who have survived exploitation. As a Programme Manager of NGO Atina, Jelena has been managing the work of the organization for the past 12 years, particularly its comprehensive program of social inclusion for human trafficking victims. Jelena is one of the founders of women social enterprise and initiative, the Bagel Bejgl shop, which provides survivors of trafficking the opportunity to attain professional experience and increase their opportunities for future employment. Jelena has led numerous trainings for police officers, prosecutors, social workers, and judges in Serbia. She has also helped with the development of local and national networks of institutions to support more structured and efficient identification and protection of child trafficking victims. Jelena has also, for almost a decade, worked as a journalist in Switzerland and Serbia, and graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Act Now international expert working group against exploitation and human trafficking based in Vienna, Austria. She is an alumnus of the BFPE School of Political Excellence, as well as the Vital Voices program of the Global Partnership from the USA. She is President of Board of directors of NGO Praxis and editor, author and co-author of numerous researches and analyses on the topic of human and women's rights protection.

Forum Mediterranean Women Journalist: FMWJ 2020