March 18, 2015
On Thursday, March 19, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby will attend a ceremony to mark the opening of the Safe House in Vranje. Through the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation, the European Command of the U.S. Armed Forces invested $213,000 to construct this facility. Work began in August 2014 under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Vranje safe house will shelter for up to 25 victims of domestic violence from the Vranje and Pčinj Districts. This project, conducted in partnership with the B92 Fund, is part of a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of domestic abuse and to provide shelter for victims. The Municipality of Vranje provided the site, the necessary utility connections, and staff, while the B92 Fund identified donors who furnished the safe house. As such, the project is an exceptional example of cooperation between government, NGOs, and the private sector, all working together to fight a serious global problem at the local level.
Domestic abuse victims are among the most vulnerable citizens, and this project helps to secure and considerably improve their quality of life. The U.S. Government’s support for this worthy project reflects its steadfast committment to improving the quality of living for all in Serbia.
Ambassador Kirby will be joined by the Director of the B92 Fund, Veran Matić, and the Mayor of Vranje, Zoran Antić.
Journalists interested in covering the meeting with the Mayor should be at the Vranje City Hall (1 Kralja Milana Street), no later than 9:45 a.m. on March 19.
Journalists interested in covering the opening of the safe house will be escorted to the site (transportation will not be provided). Please assemble at Vranje City Hall at 10:05 a.m.