OSCE launches innovative project to combat human trafficking along migration routes


OSCE launches innovative project to combat human trafficking along migration routes
On the 17th June 2016, the OSCE launched a ground-breaking capacity-building programme to combat trafficking along migration routes through a series of simulation exercises for 200 regional experts, running from November 2016 to 2018.
The courses are designed for law enforcement officials, prosecutors, labour inspectors, financial investigators, civil society representatives and other regional experts. Three trainings will be held at the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units’s (CoESPU) state of the art facility in Vicenza, Italy.
‘’In co-operation with the  (CoESPU), the OSCE is bringing together all relevant frontline actors from the countries of origin, transit and destination along migration routes, in an innovative, reality-based simulation exercise to enhance their capacity to investigate crime and develop effective referral mechanisms for identifying victims,” Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.
The project, with an overall budget of 550,000 euros, allows participants to boost their ability to combat human trafficking by working through realistic, expert-developed scenarios that simulate cases of labour and sexual exploitation among migrants, including child victims.
“We are extremely pleased to join hands with our partners at the OSCE on this project,” Tullio Del Sette, General Commander of the Carabinieri said. “Mixed migration flows have increased dramatically in the region, underscoring the demand for such training programs.”
The project receives extra-budgetary support from the governments of Italy, Hungary and Monaco as well as the German Chairmanship.
“This project will uphold values that are at the core of the OSCE’s anti-trafficking efforts, and show that protection and security are not mutually exclusive – criminal law enforcement against traffickers must go hand in hand with victim protection,” Detlef Karioth, Germany’s Special Representative for the Establishment of Refugee-Hotspots in Greece and Italy said. “We are proud to be a part of it.”
RENATE is hopeful that this upskilling programme will enhance victim-identification skills as workers strive to reduce the numbers of trafficked people. It is also hoped that news of this programme will act as a deterrent to the traffickers, who are more likely to be prosecuted as a result.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Anonymous Ways Foundation host international art exhibition as human trafficking awareness raising initiative.


 From the Good Shepherd shelter for victims of domestic violence, Malta
From the Good Shepherd shelter for victims of domestic violence, Malta.

The bilingual exhibition (English/Hungarian) entitled “How much are you worth?” ran for two days, April 29-30 2016, in Budapest and was attended by more than two thousand visitors from Hungary and neighbouring countries.
In the interactive audio-visual exhibition, visitors could follow the different stages of the process of victimization (from child abuse, loss of freedom etc.) through to rehabilitation and reintegration.
Victims of human trafficking from all over the world, currently being rehabilitated in safe houses, were invited to participate. Having reflected on their personal experiences, they then expressed their emotions through the medium of paint, with all paintings exhibited in the last room of the exhibition space, as a final component of the overall interactive exhibition. Topics such as slavery, hurt, freedom and hope were expressed in paintings which came from Europe and North America, including Albania, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Nepal, the Netherlands and Peru.
Due to the success of the exhibition, additional support has been secured to stage the exhibition again in October, for a longer period (October 18-22. 2016), coinciding with the EU Anti Trafficking Day, 18 October. Focusing on informing the youth in society, school groups will be organised to visit during the daytime, in the hope of helping transform future generations.
As in April, professionals will gather together in a separate conference associated with the exhibition, to help build networks and strengthen cooperation.
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Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.