- In Eastern Europe, less than 50% of the orphan population will live to see their 20th birthdays. (Eastern Europe consists of Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Ukraine and the most western part of the Russian Federation)
- Economic realities in the east of Europe have resulted in child abandonment (Euro-orphans), exploitation, denial of the right to education, and all forms of human trafficking and forced transportation.
- Throughout 2011, in one EE country the size of Minnesota, almost 950 children were abandoned in maternity hospitals.
- The number of employees in state institutions diminishes every year. Funding for state institutions is not adequate, and even underpaid staff are in short supply. This leaves a high number of children to workers often times resulting in dangerous situations. The high child to staff ratio means that adults often must make difficult choices, or cannot adequately nurture and care for the basic needs of the children in their care.
- The Roma people (gypsies) are one of Europe's largest minority groups and it's most disadvantaged.
-"Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to trafficking in poverty status. Because people in poverty have few means of supporting themselves, they often have to go to extremes to keep their families afloat. Children are also vulnerable to trafficking when their families’ socio-economic situation is dire. Girls are more likely to be sold into bondage because in many societies, parents often choose to invest in their sons because sons are seen as more valuable. Girls are not educated and are sent away to work. Human trafficking helps perpetuate the forced labor participation and global poverty. Lower income countries are often the sources for the girls and higher incomes countries is where they are bought."