Materials of the International Conference on Human Trafficking (Rome, 29-30 January 2018)

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Tuesday 06 March 2018

Trafficking in persons never stops. It thrives, it diversifies itself, it changes to meet the needs of different local and global markets and to counteract the law enforcement action. Human trafficking is a constituent part of it is intertwined or confused with other phenomena, including smuggling of migrants, irregular immigration, international protection, labour exploitation, forced labour, prostitution, begging. It camouflages itself in the urban landscape or it settles in the well-established places of exclusion, thus, contributing to creating a toponym of marginalization that does not appear in any official map but it is clearly present in the work plans of the organizations providing support to migrants.

Since the early 1990s, human trafficking has gradually moved up the agendas of national, European and international institutions and organizations. Over the last twenty years, legislation, action plans, multi-agency referral systems, cross-sectoral interventions, operational tools, local and transnational memoranda of understanding, research, and budget lines have been put in place to prevent and fight trafficking and provide specialized support for thousands of women, men, boys, girls and children trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour, illegal activities, forced begging, organ removal. Yet, this does not seem to be enough. Human trafficking continues to be among the most lucrative criminal businesses and one of the finest mechanism of systematic violation of the human rights of its victims. Why, then, have the efforts made so far been inadequate to counteract trafficking in persons? What can be done to build effective strategies?

To answer all these questions, we organized Beyond the Midlands3, an international conference on human trafficking to discuss how to re-orient and improve the programming and the implementation of policies and measures to prevent and counteract human trafficking, and to support and protect potential, presumed or identified victims. Here you can find all the conference materials such as full videos, interviews and PowerPoint presentations. Enjoy!

At the end of the Conference a proposition paper was drafted. It is addressed to all institutions and organizations operating at the national and international level in the fight against human trafficking. If you share our aims and values and want to contribute to our fight, share it with your contacts!

#PANEL 1

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE LONG ROAD TOWARDS SECURING THE VICTIM RIGHTS

A dialogue between some of the greatest international human trafficking experts to discuss about the evolution of the phenomenon and identify the most urgent actions.

Mike Dottridge

Mike Dottridge

International Expert on Human Trafficking.

Trafficking in Europe and beyond: New phenomena, old issues and the need for urgent action.

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Vincenzo Castelli

Vincenzo Castelli

President, Associazione On the Road Onlus

Introduction to the conference: Why we are here and what we want to achieve.

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Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

M. G. Giammarinaro

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

The human rights of trafficked persons and persons at risk of being trafficked.

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#PANEL 2

DATA ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: BETWEEN ESTIMATES, VALUES & ABSOLUTE UNCERTAINTIES

Data is important, collecting it allows us to bring awareness and drive the change.

Katharine Bryant

Katharine Bryant

Research Manager and Author, Walk Free Foundation

Global estimates, local effects: The Global Slavery Index 2017.

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Michaëlle de Cock

Michaëlle de Cock

Senior Researcher, ILO

Global estimates of modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage.

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Corallina Lopez Curzi

Corallina Lopez Curzi

Program Coordinator Cild / OpenMigration

The numbers on human trafficking: Useful, useless, or harmful?

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#PANEL 3

NORMS, IDENTITIES & DANGEROUS CONFUSIONS

Italian system: the consequences of an incorrect use of language and the choice to outsource the human rights protection system.

Giorgia Serughetti

G. Serughetti

Researcher, University of Milan Bicocca

Trafficked person, asylum seeker, refugee, economic migrant: Between labelling, fluid migratory identities and strict legislation.

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Héléna Behr

Héléna Behr

Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR

How to protect victims of trafficking between the legal externalization of rights and the domestic structural shortcomings.

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Salvatore Fachile

Salvatore Fachile

Lawyer, ASGI

The European policies for the externalization of the right to asylum: The tragic and foreseeable consequences on victims of trafficking.

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#PANEL 4

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF TRAFFICKED PERSONS BETWEEN EXTERNAL BORDERS AND INTERNAL BARRIERS

Suggestions to protect the rights of victims of trafficking, whether minors or persons residing in informal settlements, and the importance of strengthening transnational judicial cooperation.

Claudio Donadel

Claudio Donadel

Anti-trafficking Expert

Protection services and public policies: Suggestions to ensure the rights of victims between old and new scenarios of exploitation.

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Giuseppe De Mola

Giuseppe De Mola

Researcher, Doctors without Borders Italy, Advocacy Unit

Identification and referral of potential and presumed victims of trafficking in informal settlements.

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Laura Bartolini

Laura Bartolini

Researcher, IOM

Harrowing journeys. Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation.

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Mario Palazzi

Mario Palazzi

Public Prosecutor, Court of Rome

Transnational judicial cooperation: When the results don’t match the effort.

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#PANEL 5

NEW FORMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD

Human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal, forced marriages and kidnappings. New forms of human trafficking aggravated by the use of new technologies.

Mark Latonero

Mark Latonero

Senior Fellow, University of Southern California

The promise and perils of digital technology and human trafficking.

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Debra Budiani-Saberi

D. B. Saberi

Director, Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions

EGYPT/NEPAL: Human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal.

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Norma Negrete Aguayo

N. Negrete Aguayo

Director, EDIAC/ECPAT Mexico

MEXICO: Forced marriages for the purpose of sexual exploitation of minors in Mexico.

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Pedro Córdova

Pedro Córdova

Director, Capital Humano y Social Alternativo

Desaparecidas: The new form of trafficking of girls in Peru.

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#PANEL 6

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE ANTI-TRAFFICKING MEASURES

How to train new operators, evaluate the effectiveness of anti-trafficking campaigns and strengthen collaboration with the private sector.

R. Evon Idahosa

R. Evon Idahosa

Pathfinders Justice Initiative

TruthTellers: Prevention strategies for a sustainable future for Nigerian girls and women.

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Norbert Cyrus

Norbert Cyrus

Senior Researcher, Europa University Frankfurt / Oder

Improving the coherence of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.

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Suzanne Hoff

Suzanne Hoff

International Coordinator, La Strada Internationa

Involving the private sector in the fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation.

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Alberto Andreani

Alberto Andreani

Programme and Capacity Building Officer, OSCE

Training 3.0 to set up mechanisms of multi-agency cooperation against human trafficking.

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CHAIRPERSONS OF THE CONFERENCE

Isabella Orfano

Isabella Orfano

Human Rights and Anti-Trafficking Expert 

Chairperson of the panel “New forms of human trafficking: a journey around the world” and “Tips and suggestions to improve anti-trafficking measures”.

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Pina De Angelis

Pina De Angelis

Social Programs Evaluator / On the Road Onlus

Chairperson of the panel “Norms, identities and dangerous confusions” and “Data on human trafficking: between estimates, values & absolute uncertainties”.

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Fabio Sorgoni

Fabio Sorgoni

Head of Anti-Trafficking and Planning Departments 

Chairman of the panel “Protecting the rights of trafficked persons between external borders and internal barriers”.

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