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.”





Start Date: 20th of October 2011

Time frame: 29 months


The Challenge:

The project aims at reinforcing the EU Counter-Trafficking response by strengthening cooperation among CT specialists from law enforcement, judiciary and NGOs and extending such cooperation to health authorities, officials and health care providers and border guards from participating EU and non –EU countries as primary target group of this action. In particular, this project targets participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies and other organisations, including universities, from Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Austria, Albania, Moldova, Portugal, UK and Norway as well as selected third countries. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of skills and best practices for the better medical protection of trafficked victims thus improving active support of witnesses and crime victims in the process of cooperation with law enforcement, judicial, health officials, border guards and NGOs practitioners. In particular the present action aims at developing coordination and cooperation mechanisms among law enforcement, judicial, health officials, border guards and NGOs practitioners for an enhanced protection and support to victims, and especially Unaccompanied Minors (UAM) before, during and after criminal proceedings and including health/ mental health assistance during the rehabilitation and reinsertion process. This is achieved via the development of a multi-disciplinary training programme targeting law enforcement, judicial, health officials, border guards and NGOs practitioners and aiming at raising the level of protection of and support to victims before, during and after criminal proceedings.


The project takes place in 5 phasesPhase One (the Planning Phase) includes a Project Steering Group Meeting and stocktaking and data collection activities to allow for the  immediate sharing and analysis of current practices and challenges in relation to health care support in selected MS. Phase Two (the Preparation Phase) provides a platform for project participants, beneficiaries, and experts to further elaborate upon key gaps and prioritise issues for training inclusion.  The key activities of this phase are the project Kick-Off Conference and three two-day Expert Group Meetings to further elaborate upon identified needs, develop a more coherent structure to the training programme, and provide subject matter expertise to each identified learning objective.  The third phase (the Development Phase) allows the training specialist to pull together all content material contributed during the preparation phase.  During this phase, continuous feedback with members of the Expert Group will occur to ensure objectives are met and learning goals are achieved.  Toward the end of this phase, a Project Steering Group meeting is held to review the draft version of the training curriculum and provide feedback.   By the conclusion of this meeting, a draft of the curriculum is ready for translation and testing.  The fourth phase of the project is the Testing and Implementation Phase.  During this phase, the curriculum is implemented in six pilot countries (Austria, The Netherlands, Albania, Moldova, the UK and Sweden).  The training curriculum is delivered in each country to a mixed audience of law enforcement, border security, health specialists, and NGOs.  The number of participants to attend each training is between 25 and 40.  Each course is monitored and evaluated by the respective country expert, with an evaluation report being submitted to the Project Steering/Management Committee Group.  By the conclusion of this phase, 160 participants will have been trained and feedback on training effectiveness will have been collected.  The final phase (Project Evaluation and Conclusions) consists of reviewing project objectives, developing final reports, and finalising all deliverables for publication and dissemination.  A key activity of this phase is the Project Conclusion Conference, taking place in Brussels on 6 March 2014, whereby up to 100 key stakeholders of the MS will participate to learn about the results of the training, receive the final project deliverables,  and collaboratively develop a list of recommendations for MS countries standardising approaches toward health care and support for victims of human trafficking.


Joint Efforts – Expected Results:

  • Training curriculum for law enforcement, border security, NGOs, and health practitioners
  • Information pocket cards for practitioners on indicators
  • Manual for practitioners (law enforcement and health) and policy makers on improving assistance to victims of human trafficking in EU MS and third countries
  • Project background papers, reports, strategies, and conference proceedings on the Payoke and Joint Efforts website
  • Handbook for project developers and project implementers on best practices  for implementation of training programme in MS countries (as prelude to potential Directive)
  • Directory of hot lines for law enforcement and health practitioners, victims and NGOs

Project partners

8 Month Evaluation Report 

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   With the support of the European Commission.