South Eastern Europe Transnational seminar discusses effective cooperation in trafficking cases

Project : Regional Office 22 Mar 2011 child trafficking transnational victim compensation victim protection

2190_web_small March 17-18, 2011, Budapest, Hungary: Over a hundred representatives from governmental, non-governmental and international organisations from south-Eastern Europe and the EU have gathered to discuss the findings of a recently conducted research on existing mechanisms for transnational referral of trafficked persons. Anti-trafficking experts worked together to identify ways for more efficient and effective transnational cooperation in cases of trafficking and to find adequate strategic and operational responses to changing trends in human trafficking.

The presentation of the research results concludes the first phase of the 18-month project “Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM-II)”, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The research points to current gaps in transnational cooperation and challenges in the exchange of information. Based on the research findings, the project seeks to improve cooperation between countries of origin, destination and transit. Furthermore, the project provides tools for streamlining the process of providing comprehensive and effective assistance, support and protection of trafficked persons, focusing especially on special measures for children and on the increasing trend of labour exploitation.

The Transnational Seminar was co-hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior in the framework of the Hungarian European Union (EU) presidency and was opened by Ms. Krisztina Berta, Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Affairs, H.E. Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, United States Ambassador in Budapest and Mr Peter Widermann, ICMPD Director General. The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro delivered the key note speech.

On the second day discussion focused on labour exploitation and child trafficking. In this panel Terre des hommes was asked to present its work on recent routes of child mobility and specifically to introduce the observation report done in Kosovo and also in Greece. (based on the press release: JA)

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