Project Planning

2014

The Final Conference on “New Forms of European Partnership and Cooperation in Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings” is being organised within the framework provided by the European Commission's Directorate General Home Affairs ISEC Programme on Prevention of and Fight against Crime,  and will highlight the main features of the current debate taking place between policy makers, medical practitioners, law enforcement, border guards and judicial officials, civil society and academia. This event will reflect upon the results of two years long efforts undertaken by Payoke Belgium along with the University of Krems and Pécs as well as a number of governments, such as Albania, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and UK, EU Agencies such as FRONTEX, EUROPOL, EUROJUST, UN specialised agencies and the NGO community in building new forms of  multidisciplinary partnerships and strategies aiming at the protection of victims of trafficking as well as introducing innovative tools for sustainable cooperation between the medical field and law enforcement. In this way the conference will provide a valuable input to the implementation of the 2012 EU Strategy Towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings. 

2013

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

The aim of the Meeting is to share knowledge, exchange experience and device concrete proposals on how to strengthen the prevention and awareness about trafficking in human beings as a gross violation of fundamental rights, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary not only to combat the crime but essentially enhance the protection of this vulnerable group. In the framework of the above  ISEC project the Expert Group and Steering Committee Meeting will also focus on revising the training curriculum, manual and pocket cards designed to contribute to the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health authorities and NGOs  for the better protection of victims' health. 

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

In the framework of this project, the aim of the Pilot Training Courses is to share knowledge, exchange experience and to strengthen the health aspect of victims' protection, thus enabling the law enforcement and judiciary to get a valuable testimony on traffickers. In addition to facilitate  clear testimonies, the involvement of the health and medical sector will improve identification of the victims and the perpetrators, as well as advance the investigation, intelligence exchange and prosecution in general. The Training will also focus on the development of skills and best practises of police, border guards, health practitioners and NGOs  for the better health protection of trafficked victims during the investigation procedures.

During the course of this event participants have the opportunity to meet and engage in lively debates with other practitioners in this field, learn from the best instructors and specialists from all over Europe, develop their skills in an interactive manner and most importantly, build a network with prominent practitioners. 

2012

The meeting was the second one after the first Steering committee held in December 2011, as stipulated by the Payoke/ISEC project. It was attended by 16 experts including project partners from the University of Krems, Dutch National Rapporteur on THB, Swedish and Belgian Ministry of Justice representatives, FRONTEX, Romania National Agency against trafficking, Albania Mediterranean University, Utrecht University, along with prominent Payoke experts in human trafficking.  The main objective of the Steering committee was to review the draft version of the training curricula which is going to be tried out in Portugal, Austria, Moldova and Albania in the next stage of this project. The distinguished participants provided valuable feedback, opinions, comments and recommendations on various aspects of training curricula implementation in order to make it ready for testing. 

The discussions with the Moldovan authorities during the visit of the PAYOKE/CEIPA delegation were indicative of considerable interest paid to international and European cooperation as a mean of boosting the national capacities in prevention and combating THB as well as protecting the victims of THB in particular children and women.

The majority of interlocutors have broached the issue of emigration and stated that during the past years between three hundred thousand and one million of Moldavians, mainly young people have left the country irregularly in order to find gainful employment elsewhere. A significant, although not specified number of them were young woman and minors trafficked for sexual exploitation. Though none of the interlocutors could give a more precise total figure (apart of the number of cases being handled operatively) during the discussions held with national authorities and international agencies, it is assumed that number of trafficked persons from Moldova reaches several thousand a year. Reliable statistics are difficult to construct, we were told, as different departments are working with different approaches having different routines and limited financial and material resources available to develop a coherent methodology for data collection in this field. 

The final  of three Expert meetings held in the framework of the ISEC project  was attended by 18 experts including the project partners, law enforcement officials, NGO's, representatives from  Frontex and Eurojust as well as  health practitioners and health experts. The main subject of the meeting was Integration, Reintegration and Post trial assistance to the victims of human trafficking. However, as it was the last expert meeting a great deal of time was dedicated to discussing the structure, content and other elements of the training curricula that are being prepared by the Krems University.  The distinguished participants provided valuable analyses and opinions on how to establish a solid basis for cooperation between Law enforcement and health professionals in order to enhance the victim’s ability to provide an accurate and coherent statement which could be used for the purpose of criminal proceedings. 

The meeting was the second in a series of three Expert meetings to be held in the framework of the ISEC project. It was attended by 15 experts including project partners’ representatives, law enforcement and health officials. The meeting focused on “Prosecution” and was aimed at providing subject matter expertise in this field, setting the basis for the development of training curricula. The distinguished participants provided valuable analyses and opinions on strengthening cooperation between Law enforcement and Public Health authorities in order to enhance the victim’s ability to provide an accurate and coherent statement which could be used for the purpose of prosecution. 

 

The mission took place in order to strengthen the cooperation and cohesion within the project Joint Efforts of Police and Health Authorities in the EU Member States and Third Countries to Combat and Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings and Protect and Assist Victims of Trafficking” and set the next steps preparing activities described in the plan of action of the project in Albania.

The mission has also been planned with the aim to strengthen the partnership with Albania, discuss with the partners and potential partners future cooperation and identify fields of activities reinforcing the project impact in the field of police, justice, health, labour, social and educational fields.

Patsy Sörensen  and Peter von Bethlenfalvy have reported on their mission to Albania which was envisaged in the plan of action of the project. The participants have taken note of the fact that Albania has made a considerable progress as regards the jurisdiction and the development of new administrative structures on the level of central government. A number of well described publications prepared by the relevant ministries and international organisations in Tirana give a clear account of development such as the creation of THB focal points in the ministries of interior, health, social and labour, education, etc. The horizontal approach in administrative adjustment in Albania will be subject for extensive discussion during the third expert meeting in the Hague 25 and 26 June 2012.

In particular the mission discussed extensively the elaboration of material for the project curricula, the manual and the standard operational procedures relating to the interaction of law enforcement and health authorities. In cooperation with the Mediterranean and European University of Albania it has been agreed that the training course to be compiled and prepared for specific purposes in Albania by University of Krems will take place between 14 and 16 March 2013.

The mission also concentrated on specific priorities of Albania when tackling the issues of victim protection, preventing of THB and specifics in combating THB with the input of EU legislation and standards. 

The meeting was the first in the series of three Expert meetings to be held in the framework of the ISEC project. It was attended by 12 experts representing the governments, NGO’s and international organisations. The meeting was focused on “Victims Identification” and was aimed at providing subject matter expertise in this field, setting the basis for the development of training curricula. The distinguished participants provided valuable analyses and opinions on enhancing cooperation between Law enforcement and Public Health authorities which could result in a more efficient identification of trafficked victims. 

The Budapest Conference - organised in close cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry of Interior and with support of a number of EU governments and institutions - took place on 27 and 28 February 2012 in the premises of the International Training and Civilian Crisis Management Centre of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior in Budapest. The event provided a new insight into the guiding EU policies and practices while addressing the need for cooperation between law enforcement and public health authorities, the necessity for multi-disciplinary strategies in prevention of trafficking and protection of victims and the need for training/common curricula and coordinating mechanisms on a pan-European level. Addressed by a number of highly competent European and national experts, representatives of European Parliament,  Commission and EU agencies, national policy makers, civil society representatives, international organisations’ officials  and practitioners from Belgium, Hungary, Austria, the Netherlands and the Balkans, the conference  provided a platform for sharing and analysing of current practices while laying the basis for shaping additional forms of cooperation and creating new synergies that will strengthen victims protection and contribute to a  better criminal justice response. A large number of participants were offered a possibility to listen, debate and exchange views on main challenges of the current anti-trafficking prevention, prosecution, and victims protection policies and practices. The experts’ presentations as well as a dynamic ensuing debate resulted in a few main conclusions that can serve as a basis for developing future actions in the framework of this project as well as in the context of future European policies in this regard. 

Through interviews and questionnaires the project team gathered the following information in Portugal. The crime of trafficking in human beings is investigated by special police forces (Judiciary Police and the Border Police, called SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras). Those police forces receive special training to deal with trafficked victims and are responsible for searches and other kinds of intervention when there is a suspicious of trafficking. When the police identify a victim of trafficking during an active intervention, the first contact is usually satisfactory, since police officers are prepared to deal with them. 

2011

The participants involved themselves in a thorough and lengthy discussion on the tasks and steps they will and can undertake to assist the successful implementation of this project.

The participants have noted that this project is an innovative undertaking tackling new policies, scaling up implementation and prevention strategies, practises and approaches on the European level aiming at law enforcement and health/medical care. Subsequently, all distinguished members of the steering committee have made comments on their mandates and tasks within the entities they are representing and postulated support action for the project implementation. 

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