International Round Tables – 29.09.2017 & 24.11.2017

It was with great pleasure that we organized our International Round Table:

International Round Table:

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

#IRTvienna

29 September 2017 – 09.00 – 18.00 

Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, Vienna

Organized by the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking 2017 and in cooperation with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, CEIPA, Act.Now and Menschenrechtsstadt Wien, supported by Austrian Federal Ministers for Labor, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and for Women and Health.

Topic:

This time we explored in depth the links between Human Trafficking, Migration and Slavery. Renowned experts, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders analyzed and discussed issues such as:

  • Is the worldwide fight against human trafficking in danger of turning into inefficient pottering due to tight migration policies?
  • Do we have to accept Human Trafficking and Restrictions of Human Rights as Collateral Damage of the Refugee/Migration Crisis?
  • Reconsider Human Trafficking and Slavery. Conceptual Limits and States’ Positive Obligations in European Law 
  • Understanding the Effects and Consequences of Policies, Interests, Agendas behind the different Concepts including Moneypulation
  • Human Trafficking for Labour exploitation, Slavery, Servitude, Forced labour – What has Pet-food in Switzerland to do with Human Trafficking, and Shrimp Consumed in Europe with Slavery in Thailand?
  • The ‘Feminization of Migration‘ and its Impact on Human Trafficking
  • Where have all the Children gone?…and when will we ever learn?
  • Lessons learnt from Health Screening of Migrants for Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking

We also 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.

For more information about this event please download our:

Final Agenda

Panelists, Commentators, Experts, Researchers, Practitioners List

You can also watch the video of the livestream here or on Youtube by clicking the following link: https://youtu.be/-1XfFhSHI64 (brought you by Act.Now)

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Here are some photos from our event, made by the Staff of Act.Now

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Related Notes, Documents, Background Info & Links:

For some useful Background Info and Contributions regarding our Round Table, please consult the following documents:

Spotlights:

David Reisenden propose as ways Forward:

„Joint Deployments of Border Guards and (Child Trafficking) Experts of NGOs and IOs at the border crossings points” have proven most effective and should be further developed.

István Szilard:

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/migration-and-health/phame-newsletter

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold:

https://reliefweb.int/report/italy/un-migration-agency-issues-report-arrivals-sexually-exploited-migrants-chiefly-nigeria

Der Umgang mit Menschenhandel im Asyl :die Praxis der Schweiz auf dem Prüfstand” von März 2017 in Bern.

Mona Chamass: Comité contre l’Esclavage moderne

Round Table on 24 November 2017 in Vienna, City Hall: EUSDR Priority Area 10/Vienna Administration

Danube Cities against Human Trafficking (D-CAHT)

Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking and Exploitation at the Local Level- Strengthening Cooperation and Coordination

Agenda:

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Keynotes and Expert Contributions:
Mike Dottridge, Independent Expert/Consultant, UK: Power Point Presentation and Summary
Marc Van den Reck, ’The Smile of the Child’, Greece: Summary of Presentation
Stefano Volpicelli, Trainer & Researcher, Italy: Summary of Presentation

Enrico Ragaglia, Project Manager, ICMPD: TRAM Project

Vera Gracheva, Independant Expert, Moscow: Presentation of NGO ‚Alternative/Social Society Movement‘
Guidelines for Municipalities: Stepping up Local Action Against Human Trafficking, developed in the framework of CBSS

City council of Barcelona,  The team of the Unity Against Trafficking in Humans Beings

Event (in German): Menschenhandel im Zentrum Europas

We would like to share a new event in Graz (Austria) on 4. October 2016, which will be held in german.

More details in german:

Prävention und Bekämpfung von Organ- und Menschenhandel als Herausforderung des 21. Jahrhunderts Menschenhandel im Zentrum Europas

4. Oktober 2016, Beginn 18 Uhr (Einlass ab 17.30 Uhr)
Merkur Veranstaltungssaal, Neutorgasse 55, Graz

Das Thema Flucht beherrscht seit Monaten die mediale und politischen Diskussion und stellt Europa vor große Herausforderungen. Ein Thema, das dabei nur selten beachtet wird, ist die Tatsache, dass durch die Fluchtbewegungen auch Menschenhandel mitten in Europa und an dessen Grenzen einen neuen Aufschwung erlebt. Menschenhandel hat viele Gesichter: Organhandel, Frauenhandel und nicht zuletzt Handel mit Kindern. Dessen Bekämpfung und Prävention wird eine der Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts werden.

mit:
Helga Konrad
Frauenministerin a. D., Leiterin und Koordinatorin der „Regionalen Implementierung-Initiative zur Prävention und Bekämpfung von Menschenhandel“

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold
Präsidentin des Vereins „1.000 Frauen für den Friedensnobelpreis 2005“, ehemalige Schweizer und Europarats-Parlamentarierin

International Round Table – 30.09.2016 – Preventing and Combating Child Traffic and Exploitation in Europe

It is with great pleasure that we have organized our International Round Table:

Preventing Human Trafficking through

‘Decent Work for Everybody’ and Combating 

Child Trafficking & Exploitation in Europe

The International Round Table was held on 30 September 2016 – 09.00 – 16.00 at the Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, Vienna  and organized by the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking, in Cooperation with the City of Vienna – EU Strategy for the Danube Region EUSDR and CEIPA – Center for European and International Policy Action and supported by Austrian Federal Ministers for Labor, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, for Education and Women, and of Health.

Topic:

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 these topics:

  • Fantasies and Realities Fueling Trafficking in Children & Minors. The Many Faces of Child Trafficking & Exploitation in Europe 
  • Re-framing Mindsets: From Protection Failures and Escape Strategies to More Effective Protection and Prevention of Trafficking in Children and Minors
  • Who are the Traffickers? Dismantling Criminal Networks & Enhancing Transnational Cooperation
  • ‘Decent Work for Everybody‘ Utopia or Realistic Perspective in Preventing Human Trafficking & Exploitation?

For more information about this event please download our:

Final Agenda

Panelists, Commentators, Experts, Researchers, Practitioners List

For informations please write us at: register.thb@gmail.com

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Related Notes, Documents & Links:

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

As Regional Implementation Initiative we would like to share GAATW-IS statement on Amnesty International’s policy on sex work:

Logo Gaatw

The International Secretariat of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women welcomes Amnesty International’s ‘Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers’, developed after two years of in-depth research and consultations with sex workers and various other stakeholders.

GAATW was launched over twenty years ago in order to challenge the dominant discourse on trafficking as occurring exclusively in the sex industry and of the women in the sex industry as pitiful victims of exploitation. As feminists, we have stood in solidarity with women in both the formal and informal economy, including the sex industry, and have maintained that even in the most difficult situations, women demonstrate extraordinary power, agency and resilience. Sex workers’ struggle for rights is the same struggle as that of women, migrants and workers around the world.

Amnesty’s policy acknowledges this struggle, as well as the multiple rights violations that sex workers experience, often not by traffickers or clients, but by states and, unfortunately, all too often in the name of combating human trafficking. We, too, have documented these rights violations extensively, often in partnership with sex workers organisations, and have repeatedly stated that the fight against human trafficking should not result in ‘collateral damage’. But as the Amnesty research on sex work in Norway, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Argentina points out, nothing has changed over the past decade and sex workers still face multiple discriminations and denial of many of their human rights.

We are pleased that Amnesty recognises GAATW, along with our friends from La Strada International and the Freedom Network USA, as anti-trafficking organisations that stand up for sex workers’ rights. Sex workers have the most interest in a clean and safe industry, free from coercion and exploitation. Sex workers and their clients are uniquely positioned to detect cases of exploitation and human trafficking. The work of our members and allies in the sex workers rights movement is a testimony to that. But the criminalised status of sex workers or clients in many countries means that they would implicate themselves if they report cases of abuse. Indeed, as Amnesty points out, the decriminalisation of sex work can have a positive impact on the fight against human trafficking and this needs to be recognised by governments and other anti-trafficking stakeholders.

We hope that Amnesty’s policy will give sex workers and their organisations new impetus to demand their rights from their governments and that the slogan ‘nothing about us without us’ will finally become reality.

International Round Table – 17.06.2016 – Beyond Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery

It was with renewed pleasure that we organized our International Round Table:

 BEYOND HUMAN TRAFFICKING & MODERN DAY SLAVERY

Turning Global Threats and Challenges Into Prospects

The International Round Table was held on 17 June 2016  at the Haus der Europäischen Union – Wipplingerstraße 35, Vienna and organized in the framework of the ‚Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking‘/Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe-IDM, in Cooperation with the EUSDR-EU Strategy for the Danube Region/Vienna Administration and CEIPA-Center for European and International Policy Action.

TOPIC:

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.

“The past year saw a massive increase in arrivals in Europe of refugees and other migrants. Experts have reviewed the situation and looked at the implications for human trafficking and exploitation and commented on how they would expect these arrivals to affect the market for trafficked people, the job market in general and for cheap labour in particular as well as the effects on the societies and politics of the European countries concerned and the changes in policy that might be anticipated.”

For more information about this event please download our:

Final Agenda

Panelists, Commentators, Experts, Researchers, Practitioners List

For every question regarding our initiative please write at: register.thb@gmail.com

Gallery:

Here are some photos from our event, made by the Staff of the Haus der Europäischen Union, for the complete gallery please click on the following link: Flickr account of the Haus der Europäischen Union

Related Notes, Documents & Links:

Labour Exploitation: a New Interesting Study

We would like to share this interesting study issued by the Alliance against Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in regard of Human Trafficking for Labour exploitation purposes.

The lack of knowledge of the course and of the results of criminal investigations against labor trafficking inhibits the development of effective strategies to prevent and prosecute labor trafficking and to protect the people affected. Therefore, the German Alliance against Labor Trafficking has conducted an analysis of prosecutorial investigation files and judicial decisions. This study is designed to provide insights into the recorded cases of the offence of human trafficking for labor exploitation and, to a certain extent, shed some light on the extent of unrecorded cases. It is intended to provide information regarding which incidents of exploitation were categorized as human trafficking for labor exploitation according to which indicators by the judicial authorities and courts; why investigations pursuant to Section 233 of the German Penal Code were initiated; the course which the criminal proceedings took; and how many people were affected.

Some key findings:
– The official criminal statistics doesn´t even provide an comprehensive picture of the criminal investigations
– Besides the EU citizens trafficked to and exploited in EU countries there is also a considerable number of victims from non-EU countries
– The average number of victims mentioned in the files is more than 10 per case
– The high number of male victims contrast the almost complete absence of support structures for men
– In many cases, potential labor trafficking victims also faced charges against themselves, mainly because of illegal residency in Germany.
– In only 5 from 91 cases, a victim support organization was involved
– depending on the sector, 1,500 euros to 3,000 euros can easily be “saved” in labor costs by means of labor trafficking when compared to the minimum wage of the lawfully employed

An English summary of the study is available here (click the link): http://www.buendnis-gegen-menschenhandel.de/en/content/study-human-trafficking-purpose-labour-exploitation-evaluation-prosecutorial-investigation

Please click the link open the study (in German): http://www.buendnis-gegen-menschenhandel.de/sites/default/files/studie_mha_bgma_fes_0.pdf

International Round Table – 20.11.2015 – Turning Suspicion into Evidence

It was a great pleasure to organise the International Round Table on:

Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking

Turning Suspicion into Evidence

Challenging Current Policy and Justice Responses of Human Trafficking & Labour Exploitation

The International Round Table was held on 20 November 2015 at Catamaran – Austrian Trade Union Federation ÖGB, Johann-Böhm-Platz 1, Vienna.

Experts, Policy Makers, Researchers and Practitioners have discussed and challenged Risk Factors, Prevention Strategies and Procurement Procedures as well as Criminal Justice and Policy Responses and Approaches with regard to (Severe Forms of) Labour exploitation and Human Trafficking for Labour exploitation, and have provided Expertise and Know-how for more effective Solutions, including Trial Monitoring.

For more information about this event please download our:

Draft Agenda

Panelists, Commentators, Experts, Researchers, Practitioners List

For every question regarding our initiative please write at: register.thb@gmail.com

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

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Related Documents & Links:

Visual Language for Recognition of Human Trafficking

LINK: http://www.buendnis-gegen-menschenhandel.de/sites/default/files/visual_language_broschuere_web.pdf

FRA Severe labour exploitation Report: workers moving within or into the European Union – States’ obligations and victims’ rights

LINKS: http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra-2015-severe-labour-exploitation_en.pdf

Powerpoint Presentation FRA

Prof. Khatarina Beclin – University of Vienna

LINK: Powerpoint Presentation – Round Table Human trafficking – Exploitation

Mike Dottrige Notes

LINK: Mike Dottridge Notes

Roger Plant Comments

LINK: Roger Plant Commentary

Kiril Sharapov Presentation: EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings

LINK: Sharapov – EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking

Vera Gracheva Talking Points

LINK: Vera Gracheva – Talking Points

Human Right Action HRA, Montenegro:

Analysis of the sentencing of Moldovan victim of THB (S.Č.) for perjury in Montenegro, LINK: http://www.hraction.org/wp-content/uploads/ANALYSIS-Moldovan-victim-S-C-did-not-have-a-fair-trial-HRA-WRC-WSH.pdf

Information on the conduct of the Judicial Council, presidents of courts and the Bar Association of Montenegro on complaints against judges and lawyer performing in the trial against S.Č., LINK: http://www.hraction.org/?p=8704

Konrad and LEFÖ: we are shocked by the conviction; LINK: http://www.hraction.org/?p=8629

ASTRA Anti Trafficking Action

LINKS: http://www.astra.org.rs/astra-publications/reports-and-studies/position-of-human-trafficking-victims-in-court-proceedings-2014/?lang=en

http://www.astra.org.rs/astra-publications/reports-and-studies/position-of-human-trafficking-victims-in-court-proceedings/?lang=en

http://www.astra.org.rs/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Legal-analysis-2012.pdf

http://www.astra.org.rs/astra-publications/reports-and-studies/the-position-of-victims-of-human-trafficking-in-court-proceedings-the-analysis-of-judicial-practice-based-on-court-judgments-and-monitoring-of-trials-2011/?lang=en

Professor Kirsten Foots’s recently published book: Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices.

LINK Powerpoint Presentation: CAHT overview RII

The book is available via many bookstores and online booksellers, including directly from the publisher here:
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442246928/Collaborating-against-Human-Trafficking-Cross-Sector-Challenges-and-Practices
There is a 30% discount for anyone who enters 4F15CAHT in the discount code box on the publisher’s webform for the book.
All royalties from this book go to nonprofits dedicated to facilitating cross-sector collaboration to end human trafficking.

International Round Table – 25.09.2015 – Organ Removal

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 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’.

As of 2007, a conservative estimate was that 5% of the approximately 100,000 organs transplanted annually were derived from exploiting the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.* Anti-trafficking efforts including domestic laws have since contributed to a modest reduction, though not to the elimination, of this harmful practice. How can we better engage medical professional societies to collaborate with governments and others in combating organ sales, tranplant tourism, and trafficking in human organs? 

As participation of the medical field in the fight against human trafficking is limited to and dependent on those actively engaged in NGOs and governments, we would like to raise awareness throughout the entire medical field and discuss the setting up of national Focal Points where health professionals can seek out information and help when dealing with victims of human trafficking. 

Renowned international experts from OSCE, Council of Europe, NGOs, Law enforcement, Universities etc. will 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 informations on this International Round Table please download our:

International Round Table Agenda

Panelists, Commentators, Experts, Researchers, Practitioners List

For the PRESS TV Report follow this link http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/09/26/430745/EU-Trafficking-

For every question regarding our initiative please write at: register.thb@gmail.com

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Videos:
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Related Documents & Links (updated 09.03.2016):

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS (click to download):

RII 2015 PPP RT Organ Inigo de Miguel CoE

RII 2015 PPP RT THB and Health 2015 – helmut sax

RII 2015 PPP MEN_VIA_20150925 zingerle markus

UNODC: 

ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT – Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal, UNODC, 2015

LINK: www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/2015/UNODC_Assessment_Toolkit_TIP_for_the_Purpose_of_Organ_Removal.pdf  

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC, 2014

LINK: www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/GLOTIP_2014_full_report.pdf

Data and info on trafficking in persons for organ removal on pages: 5, 9, 16, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 62, 68, 72, 78.

OSCE:

Report/Occasional Paper: Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region: Analysis and Findings, 9 July 2013

LINK: http://www.osce.org/secretariat/103393

CoE:

The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 9 July 2014.

LINK: http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/Commun/QueVoulezVous.asp?NT=216&CM=8&DF=01/09/2015&CL=ENG

LINK: http://www.coe.int/santiagodecompostela2015

The HOTT-Project (new study added!):

Combating trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal

LINK: http://hottproject.com/

Publication of research results and recommendations:
The book starts with a foreword by Prof. Scheper-Hughes and a literature review (Chapter I). This is followed by an interview study on patients who purchased kidney transplants abroad (Chapter II), an empirical study of prosecuted criminal cases (Chapter III), recommendations to improve non-legislative responses (Chapter IV) and indicators for law enforcement, transplant professionals and victim support workers to identify the crime (Chapter V).

Download the Project Book by clicking the link: HOTT_Project book_2016

EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)

LINK: http://www.danube-region.eu , http://www.danube-capacitycooperation.eu

LINK: http://groupspaces.com/Security/

Women´s Health Program of the City of Vienna

LINK: http://www.frauengesundheit-wien.at/Englisch/

PAYOKE:

Brochure: Recommendations for the Establishment of National Focal Points

LINK: http://payoke.be/websites/52/uploads/file/Final%20Recommendations%20EU%20Guidelines%20Project.pdf

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

The Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating all Forms of Trafficking in Human Beings would like to share the announcement of the 4th ELPAT Congress, a special conference for professionals in the field of organ donation and transplantation addressing ethical, legal, and psychosocial aspects, which will take place 22-25 April 2016 in the Angelicum Congress Centre, Rome, Italy.

We find it interesting in that it addresses all other aspects of transplantation: ethical, legal, and psychosocial. Experts from all over the world will express their views on overcoming global transplant challenges.

For more information about the congress please follow the link:

http://www.esot.org/events-education/events/3905/overview