The Regional Implementation Initiative aims at reinforcing the political commitments and legal obligations of the participating countries both to prevent and combat all forms of trafficking in human beings, including trafficking for labour exploitation and domestic servitude – thus supporting and complementing the implementation efforts of the larger European anti-trafficking framework as led down in the Lisbon Treaty and the Action Oriented Paper (AOP). It will foster cooperation and coordination among all relevant stakeholders including government authorities, international and non-governmental organizations, taking existing good practices and lessons learned into account. It focuses on a human-rights-based, victim-centered and age-sensitive approach, taking the gender perspective into account. The Regional Implementation Initiative is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministries for Labour & Social Affairs, for Women, and of Health, and hosted by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)*.


Interview with Dr. Helga Konrad

Below you can see an interview with Helga Konrad, Head of the ‘Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking’.

International Round Table – 29 September 2017 – Vienna

Re-branding Human Trafficking. The Interface of Migration, Human Trafficking and Slavery

Renowned experts, practitioners, researchers and Stakeholders  explored, analyzed and discussed the links between Human Trafficking, Migration and Slavery and provided in depth information and insight into the complex crime of human trafficking as well as developed (more) innovative and (more) effective responses to the problem at large.

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Event: Menschenhandel im Zentrum Europas

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International Round Table – 30 September 2016 – Vienna

Preventing Human Trafficking through ‘Decent Work for Everybody’ and Combating
Child Trafficking & Exploitation in Europe

Renowned Experts, Practitioners, Stakeholders and Decision-makers had the occasion to discuss, challenge and share analysis and findings of recent research and project results as well as ways forward around topics related to Child Trafficking & Explotation in Europe

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International Round Table – 17 June 2016 – Vienna

Beyond Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery

Renowned experts and researchers had the occasion to confront practitioners and stakeholders with topical analysis and up-to-date findings, and discussed with participants good practice examples with regard to human trafficking and migration, as well as creative solutions and potential ways out of current crisis scenarios.

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GAATW-IS statement on Amnesty International’s policy on sex work

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Visual Language for Recognition of Human Trafficking

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Labour Exploitation: a New Interesting Study 

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4th ELPAT Congress on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation 

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International Round Table – 20 November 2015 – Vienna

Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking – Turning Suspicion into Evidence

the event was held at the Austrian Trade Union’s Headquater in Vienna, under the motto ‘From Suspicion to Evidence’. The focus was on labour migration/trafficking for labour exploitation and on ways to improve the evidence and justice responses as well as on exploring ways and opportunities to collaborate and complement one another’s efforts to achieve better impacts and results.


For a detailed overview and information on this International Round Table please click on the title of the post and see the PRESS TV Report by clicking on this link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/21/438510/Europe-criticized-lack-prosecution-human-trafficking

International Round Table – 25 September 2015 – Vienna

Health and Gender Aspects and Implications of Human Trafficking
Organ Removal and Establishment of Health Focal Points

It is was a great pleasure to organise the International Round Table on ‘Health and Gender Aspects and Implications of Human Trafficking – Organ Removal and Establishment of Health Focal Points’ that was hold in Vienna on 25 September 2015 in the framework of the ‘Regional Implementation Initiative 2015’.


Renowned international experts from OSCE, Council of Europe, NGOs, Law enforcement, Universities etc. provided expertise and practice-oriented know how, and discussed with participants good and bad practice examples as well as possible sustainable Solutions.

For a detailed overview and information on this International Round Table please click on the title of the post and see the PRESS TV Report by clicking on this link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/09/26/430745/EU-Trafficking-

New Post: Human Trafficking Research Platform.NET

To Seek and Save the Lost: Human Trafficking and Salvation Schemas among American Evangelicals

Written by Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 2014 Vol.1, No.2, 119-140.  Reference re-posted with the permission of the author, October 2014. Posted October 8, 2014

New Initiative

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery  is an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and researchers from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe. It challenges both the empty sensationalism of mainstream media accounts of exploitation and domination, and the hollow, technocratic policy responses promoted by businesses and politicians.


Narrow viewpoints and conflicting interests undermine anti-trafficking efforts: Q&A | Part I, II & III Contribution by Dr. Helga Konrad, Posted October 9 & 16,  2014                    

Part I
 Part II
 Part III


Part 1 of the research report on public understanding and attitudes towards trafficking in human beings in Ukraine, Hungary and the United Kingdom by Kiril Sharapov


Updated version of the previously released ‘Human Trafficking & Online Networks’ policy briefing  by Kiril Sharapov


Upcoming Activities and Events

Save the date: International Round Table in Vienna 25 September 2015
While this year the RII 2015 will continue to catalyze and coordinate comprehensive implementation strategies in preventing and combating human trafficking and to mainstream effective sustainable anti-trafficking measures at national and regional levels – especially when it comes to human trafficking for labor exploitation and slavery-like situations – as well as to enhance monitoring and evaluation of existing counter measures, we shall also put the focus on Trafficking in Human Beings for Organ Removal.
We therefore envisage to organize an international Round Table in Vienna (scheduled 25 September 2015), where we would like to inform participants in depth about the problem and discuss effective counter measures, with input by experts, practitioners, scientists and politicians. In addition, we shall present and discuss the ‘EU Guidelines for the Establishment and Functioning of National Focal Points for the Comprehensive and Integrated Medical Support of Victims of Human Trafficking’ developed by health care providers, NGOs, law enforcement and academia of more than 20 countries in the framework of the ISEC-Payoke-UA Project. More detailed information of and the invitation to the above Round Table as well as to other activities and events in the framework of the ‘Regional Implementation Initiative 2015’ will be provided in due course.

Recent Activities

Proceedings Dialogue Forum: STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING Mission Impossible? Challenging Current Assumptions and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking, 21 November 2014
Video and Audio record from “Panel Discussion*: STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Mission Impossible?” can be found by clicking on PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES page.
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Proceedings International Round Table: Preventing & Combating Labour Trafficking and Exploitation Multi-Stakeholder Guidance and Responsibility,
26 September 2014

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Proceedings – Dialogue Forum: Crossing the Line Tackling Health Aspects & Implications of Human Trafficking, 6 December 2013



Agenda & Bio KeyNote Speakers     TIP Agenda Bad Radkersburg Zollamt Health 6 December 2013

Keynote Presentation:

Santino Severoni, Coordinator Public Health and Migration, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, European Office for Investment for Health and Development,
WHO -World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

TIP S. Severoni ppp Bad Radkersburg migration and trafficking

Proceedings – ROUND TABLE: Preventing & Combating Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, From Theory to Practice Tackling the Missing Components, 20 September 2013, 10.00 – 17.00

 Agenda & Bio Key Note Speakers TIP Agenda RT Labor exploitation 20 September 2013

Keynote Presentations:

– Roger Plant, Independent Expert/Consultant

Business and Recruitment: How Forced Labour and Trafficking penetrate Companies and their Supply Chains, and what is being done about it

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Julia Planitzer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Exploitation in Austria’s Construction Sector and the Role of Companies

TIP Julia Planitzer RT Labour 20Sept.2013

Mike Dottridge, Independent Expert

Systematic Assessments and Evaluation: When, Where and How to Act

TIP RT 20 Sept 2013 Mike Dottridge Impact measurement draft – NeoOffice Writer

TIP Mike Dottridge RT Labour Presentation on MONITORING 20Sept2013

 – Joana Daniel Wrabetz, Independent Expert/Consultant

Towards a Pan-EU Monitoring System on Human Trafficking: Recent Developments

TIP Joana Wrabetz Vienna Pan EU THB MoSy ppp

For the other keynote presentations please refer to Reader’s Digest, Previous Activities page.

Proceedings – DIALOGUE FORUM: Research Goes Politics Challenging Current Assumptions and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking, 27 June 2013, 10.00 – 17.00

Agenda & Bio Key Note Speakers        TIP Agenda Dialogue Forum 27 June 2013

For the other keynote presentations please refer to Reader’s Digest, Previous Activities page.

Proceedings – REGIONAL ROUND TABLE: The Importance of Getting Justice in Combating Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation including Domestic Servitude, November 2012

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The RighT Guide, How to assess the Human Rights Impact of Anti-trafficking Laws and Policies by Marjan Wijers, Human Rights Consultant and Researcher


For the other keynote presentations please refer to Reader’s Digest, Previous Activities page.

Regional Round Table

From Theory to Practice

The Importance of Getting Justice

in Combating Human Trafficking for Labor Exploitation

including Domestic Servitude

Under the Auspices of the Austrian Federal Minister for Women and Public Administration and

the Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Hotel de France, Vienna, Schottenring 3

23 November 2012, 10.00 – 17.00


Proceedings – REGIONAL ROUND TABLE: Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, September 2012

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Regional Implementation Initiative* Guidelines for Preventing, Identifying and   Combating Cases of Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation, developed by Mike Dottridge 

HT Guidelines for responding to cases of trafficking for labour exploitation Oct 2012

For the other keynote presentations please refer to Reader’s Digest, Previous Activities page.

REGIONAL ROUND TABLEHuman Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, September 2012

Regional Round Table

From Theory to Practice

Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation

Guidance on Methods of Evidence Collection and Avenues of Justice

Good & Bad Practices

Under the Auspices of the Austrian Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

Federal Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Marmorsaal,

Stubenring 1, Vienna,

28 September 2012, 9.30 – 18.00


EU Strategy


ILO Recent Estimates


ESTABLISHMENT AND LAUNCHING (September, 2012) of the  Human Trafficking Research Platform.NET.

As part and as a concrete vehicle of the Research Network, which  aims at engaging academia and practitioners in developing enhanced knowledge and know how to effectively prevent and combat human trafficking, thereby improving anti-trafficking responses in the participating countries of the Regional Implementation Initiative and beyond, the Human Trafficking Research Platform.NET will serve as a portal intended to open a space for the exchange of experience and innovative ideas with all relevant stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors, media, and other interested parties and be used as online debate forum on the issue of human trafficking and related areas with a view to encouraging and generating critical commentary and analysis on the issue at large that goes beyond replication of conventional myths and stereotypes.

It may also serve as a learning tool for young researchers and will provide a space for debates,  reviews and scrutiny of publications; articles; reports, policy papers, laws, abstracts, issue papers, fact checker, comments on posts; links to other relevant websites; networking among registered participants; and reference to publications, learning tools, resources/services etc.

Dialogue Forum

Regional Research Network

Challenging Existing Discourses, Approaches and Responses to Human Trafficking

Establishment of Research Platform.NET

Under the Auspices of the Dean of the University Krems/Department for Migration and Globalization

Seeschloss Orth, Gmunden, Raum Palas

31 July 2012

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Keynote presentation of Mike Dottridge under the heading: Who dares criticize the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ and the contributions/comments of the experts/researchers :

Albin Dearing

Dorota Gierycz

Jürgen Nautz

Adelheid Pichler

Julia Planitzer

Klara Skrivankova

Monika Smit

István Szilárd