The problem of Human Trafficking is an increasingly disturbing phenomenon in Europe with terrible consequences for victims, the majority of which are forced into prostitution, street crime, domestic servitude or other forms of labour exploitation. Furthermore, as well as devastating the lives of individuals, this crime has far-reaching implications for the social, economic and organisational fabric of every affected community in Europe.
Recently, several reports have highlighted the urgent need to raise public awareness of trafficking, improve training in order to better identify victims, and develop better institutional co-operation and multi-agency working – all critical in the fight against trafficking, which alarmingly includes large numbers of children. In order to tackle its multi-level and cross-border roots effectively, a multidisciplinary and comparative approach at EU and national level is required, alongside a renewed political will to combat this problem.
With latest statistics indicating that little progress has been made in tackling human trafficking in the EU, this special International Symposium, hosted by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies, offers an invaluable opportunity for local, regional and national authorities to gather comparative knowledge, discuss the latest challenges and share examples of cross-border best practices. Tackling human trafficking in new and innovative ways requires action on several levels:
In order to encourage greater political will, facilitate policy discussion and explore comprehensive and integrated solutions to tackling human trafficking, the Centre for Parliamentary Studies is proud to host this first event as part of a series of international conferences aimed at raising awareness of this ‘hidden’ crime 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.
|9:00||Registration & Morning Refreshments|
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Brice De Ruyver PhD, Professor of Criminal Law, University of Ghent (confirmed)
EU Policy Priorities to Combat Human Trafficking
|10:40||First Round of Discussions|
|11:00||Morning Coffee Break|
Human Trafficking in Member States; Developing Integrated Action
|11:50||Second Round of Discussions|
|13:10||Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness of International and Cross-Border Issues
Mrs. Frances Nicholson, Senior Legal Adviser, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Regional Representation for Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK (confirmed)
|13:50||Third Round of Discussions|
Comparative Case Study: Regional vs. National Approach towards Human Trafficking in the EU
Dr. Niraj Nathwani, Programme Manager Legal Research, FRALEX Co-ordinator, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (confirmed)
Mr. Jozef De Witte - Director, Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CEOOR) in Belgium (confirmed)
|15:20||Fourth Round of Discussions|
|15:40||Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks|
|15:50||Networking Reception and Refreshments|