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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 NGOs and extending such cooperation to health authorities, officials and health care providers and border guards from participating EU and non – EU countries as primary target group of this action. In particular, this project will target participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies and other organisations, including universities, from Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Austria, Moldavia, Portugal, UK and Norway as well as ENP and selected third countries.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of skills and best practices for the better medical protection of trafficked victims thus improving active support of witnesses and crime victims in the process of cooperation with law enforcement, judicial, health officials, border guards and NGOs practitioners. In particular the present action will aim at developing coordination and cooperation mechanisms among law enforcement, judicial, health officials, border guards and NGOs practitioners for an enhanced protection and support to victims, and especially unaccompanied minors, before, during and after criminal proceeding and including health/ mental health assistance during the rehabilitation and reinsertion process.

The victims of human trafficking, women, men and children can be 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, complemented by information pocket cards for practitioners on indicators. Also, a manual for practitioners (law enforcement and health) and policy makers will be made on improving assistance to victims of human trafficking in 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 programme 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. With this aim, also a directory of hot lines of law enforcement and health practitioners for victims and NGO's will be set up.

For more information visit the ISEC Project website:

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