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Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking

September 24th, 2014

5th Annual International Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking:
Prevention, Protection, Prosecution

Key Speakers
Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary, Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
Anja Klug, Senior Policy Officer, UNHCR

The problem of human trafficking is an increasingly disturbing phenomenon in Europe with terrible consequences for victims, the majority of whom are forced into various forms of sexual and labour exploitation. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 20.9 million people worldwide were trafficked between 2002 and 2011, and numbers are not likely to decrease.

According to the 2012 UNDOC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, women and girls together account for about 75 per cent of victims detected globally, while around one million children are trafficked worldwide. Whilst women and children remain the most vulnerable victims, men are also exploited through forced labour or criminal activities.

Human trafficking is widely recognised as a serious crime but progress in prosecution and conviction remains limited because of the complex nature of cases. This confirms the need to raise public awareness of trafficking, improve training in order to better identify victims, and develop better co-operation and multi-agency working – all are critical in the fight against trafficking. The modus operandi of criminal groups and traffickers is always evolving, and the increased use of the internet as a means of recruitment and trafficking poses serious challenges to police and other relevant services.

At the EU level, there are two tools to act as guidance. The EU Directive 2011/36 lays down provisions to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute traffickers. To underpin this, the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016 sets out concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next few years, placing victims at the forefront. At a global level, the Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings. The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNDOC) also published tools and training material to help in tackling human trafficking. International, national and local organisations must join forces to improve multi-agency cooperation to better help victims of human trafficking, track perpetrators and share information.

In order to encourage greater political will, facilitate policy discussion and explore comprehensive solutions to properly recognise the needs of all victims of human trafficking, Public Policy Exchange is proud to host this annual symposium and welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

Delegates will:
•Discuss current policy initiatives and priorities in Europe in the field of human trafficking
•Raise awareness of the various dimensions of human trafficking and examine the needs of victims of trafficking
•Explore possible solutions for creating more robust and integrated multi-level structures to improve co-ordination and information exchange between relevant agencies
•Share best practices and establish recommendations for future actions at policy and practical levels

09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:10 European Approaches and Perspectives to Tackle Human Trafficking •Trafficking in Human Beings – Definition, Figures and Policy Developments
•Discussing the EU Strategy Towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012–2016
•The Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings and Existing Monitoring Mechanisms – Lessons Learnt from GRETA
•Future Actions and Recommendations
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11:10 Morning Coffee Break
11:30 Cross-Border Law Enforcement and Prosecution of Traffickers •Breaking the Trafficking Chain – From Recruitment to Harbouring of the Victims
•Judicial Tools to Combat Human Trafficking and Cross-Border Cases
•Addressing the Fragmentation of Legal Frameworks Across Europe for Trafficking of Human Beings, Sexual and Labour Exploitation
•The Reality of Cybercrime and Human Trafficking – The Web as a New Ground for Perpetrators
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Protecting Vulnerable Groups and Raising Awareness: The Need for a Victim-Centred Approach •Identifying Various Forms of Exploitation and Referring Victims to Appropriate Services
•Defining the International Protection Needs of Victims of Human Trafficking
•Training Professionals in the Field to Effectively Support Victims
•Examples of Successful Prevention Campaigns
14:00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
14:45 Improving Cooperation Amongst Key Actors at International Level •Multiagency Partnerships – Collecting Data and Sharing Information
•Identifying the Right Partners in Europe – Cooperation Challenges
•Discussing the European Communities Against Trafficking (ECAT) Project
•Recommendations for Future Actions
15:15 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:45 Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks
16:00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16:30 Symposium Close

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