OSCE Presence and Albanian National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator organize regional meeting
TIRANA, 13 May 2016 – Challenges, good practices and needs in the fight against trafficking in human beings were the focus of a regional meeting of National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinators from South-Eastern Europe hosted on Thursday by the OSCE Presence in Albania and the Albanian National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator, together with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.
National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinators from across South-Eastern Europe as well as the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, met in Tirana to exchange views and good practices on national efforts to fight human trafficking. They paid special attention to the problem of unaccompanied minors in this region, with a view to increasing regional co-operation on the identification, assistance and referral of child victims and potential victims of trafficking.
“We must further enhance international co-ordination in addressing human trafficking, especially child trafficking,” stated Florian Raunig, the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania. “The migration flows that have affected most of the countries represented in this meeting today show the urgency of our efforts. The transnational nature of the trafficking phenomenon can only be effectively addressed in a co-ordinated manner, based on joint planning and joint action.”
Participants stressed the need for harmonizing definitions, procedures and protocols to ensure adequate identification and protection of unaccompanied minors, highlighting the importance of adapting these procedures to potential migration flows. Strengthening the role of legal guardians and improving an early warning system that allows front-line officers to identify complex forms of human trafficking and labour exploitation, were other suggestions made by the Co-ordinators.
The Presence continues to work closely with the Albanian authorities to strengthen the multi-agency approach to identify and protect victims of all forms of trafficking.
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