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National Network of NGOs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The National Network is led by Crisis Center Zabota, founded in 1999 to provide psychological and social services to families experiencing violence and to run educational programs. Zabota operates two hotlines and a counseling center; the group’s shelter closed after five years due to government intervention and lack of funding. In addition to supporting families, counseling and support services have been extended to women prisoners who murdered their abusers. To address prevention, Zabota holds seminars on domestic violence for rural women, students, and government workers, runs violence prevention campaigns, and conducts opinion surveys on violence and trafficking. The group collaborates with other women’s anti-violence groups in Almaty and is a member of the Union of Crisis Centers Kazakhstan.

Sana Sezim

Sana Sezim, the Legal Center for Women’s Initiatives, is an NGO founded in 2001. They work on four main areas: access to justice for women, trafficking of women and children, labour migration and running a volunteer club. Sana Sezim conducts awareness-raising events and provides legal assistance and psychological support to victims of trafficking. Sana Sezim has lawyers based across 11 cities in Kazakhstan, one in each region of the country. The organisation also operates a hotline for victims of trafficking, which was established in March 2007.


An Action Plan for the Prevention, Control and Combating of Crimes connected with Trafficking in Human Beings (2015-2017) was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The plan provides special measures for the prevention and investigation of cases of child exploitation.

On 1 January 2015, the Kazakh Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offence were amended to strengthen the liability for sexual exploitation of children. The amendments provided also an increasing liability for not or improperly fulfilling parental responsibilities.

From 2010 to 2015, reported incidents of sexual violence against minors in Kazakhstan have doubled.


ECPAT International
Kazakhstan – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2013

ECPAT International
Regional Overview: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Year: 2014

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