- Contact: juliakoster(at)nhc.nl
Julia Koster studied Journalism at the Hogeschool Utrecht and Eastern European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she specialised in the political history of the former Yugoslavia. After working as a freelance journalist for several Dutch media, she worked in the field of human rights in the Netherlands, Bosnia- Herzegovina and Serbia.
Julia joined the NHC in 2005. She managed projects in Estonia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, and Turkey, on various topics such as anti-discrimination, prison reform and access to legal aid. Since 2009, she is responsible for the development and coordination of anti-trafficking projects that are aimed at improving access to and the quality of legal aid for trafficked persons in Eastern Europe. The main activities are training lawyers and other professionals from the judiciary; lobby and advocacy on local and European level; and capacity building of local anti-trafficking NGOs.