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"Joint Efforts" ISEC Project

Project Title“Joint efforts of Police and Health Authorities in the EU-Member States and Third Countries to Combat and Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings and Protect and Assist Victims of Trafficking.”

Start date:20 October 2011

Duartion: 24 month

Beneficiaries: Payoke and the Danube University Krems

The project aims at reinforcing the EU Counter Trafficking (CT) response by strengthening cooperation among CT Specialists from law enforcement, judiciary, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and extending such cooperation to health authorities, officials, and healthcare providers and border guards from participation EU and non-EU countries as the primary target group of this action. In particular, this project will target participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies and other organizations, including universities from Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Austria, Moldova, the United Kingdom, and Norway, as well as ENP and selected third countries. 

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the development of skills and practices for the best medical protection of trafficked victims in order to improve the active support of witnesses and crime victims in the process of cooperation with law enforcement, the judiciary, health officials, border guards, and NGOs. In particular, this initiative will aim at developing coordination and cooperation mechanisms among these actors aimed at enhancing protection and support to victims, especially unaccompanied minors, before, during, and after criminal proceedings, alongside health/mental health assistance during the rehabilitation and reinsertion process.

The victims of human trafficking- women, men, and children can be invariably exposed to different types of exploitation, such as prostitution, economic exploitation, begging, forced criminal activities, and organ trafficking.

Therefore it is of paramount importance that border guards, law enforcement officials, health and government authorities possess the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge in order to be able to identify, protect, and assist the victims of all types of exploitation. The aim of this project is to equip those who come in daily contact with victims of all kinds of exploitation, to be able to provide better medical assistance and victim support to trafficked individuals.

This aim will be achieved via the development of a training curriculum for law enforcement, border security, NGOs, and health practitioners, which will be complemented by information pocket cards for practitioners on indicators of a trafficked person. Also, a manual for practitioners (law enforcement and health), and policy makers, will be created on improving assistance to victims of human trafficking in the EU, MS, and third countries.  As a prelude to a potential Directive, a handbook for project developers and project implementers on best practices for implementation of training program in Member State countries will also be prepared. Finally, project background papers, reports, strategies, and conference proceedings will be available on the Payoke website to help those who work in the field. A directory of hot lines of law enforcement and health practitioners for victims and NGO's will also be established.

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