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National Referral Mechanisms - Joining Efforts to Protect the Rights of Trafficked Persons: A Practical Handbook

Document number
1101
Date
2004
Title
National Referral Mechanisms - Joining Efforts to Protect the Rights of Trafficked Persons: A Practical Handbook
Author/publisher
Theda Kröger, Jasna Malkoc, Bärbel Heide Uhl, Office of the Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Availability
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Document type(s)
Training Material/Resources,
Keywords
Reflection period, Residency permit, Identification, Social assistance, Victim protection, Shelter, Repatriation, Empowerment, Redress, Advocacy, Civil society, NGO, Human Rights approach, Identification (of Victims) Protection, Victims of trafficking, Trafficked persons, Integration, Social Inclusion,
Summary
The OSCE's Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings recommends that OSCE participating States establish NRMs by building partnerships between civil society and law enforcement, creating guidelines to properly identify trafficked persons, and establishing cross-sector and multidisciplinary teams to develop and monitor anti-trafficking policies. This handbook provides guidance on how to design and implement sustainable structures that aim both to prosecute traffickers and to provide support to victims. It addresses the main political, legal, and practical elements to be considered when creating an NRM. Furthermore, this handbook defines suggested roles for governmental institutions and civil society in an NRM, as well as describes the types of programmes and services that should be available to trafficked persons. "This book attempts to provide answers to the question of what happens after a presumed victim of trafficking ends up in the hands of the police. It looks at countries of destination, where victims should receive shelter and support, not face detention, as well as at their home countries, where they often have nothing to return to except prejudice and where they may even face renewed enslavement. Also available in Albanian, French, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek. http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/news/information_dossiers/conference_trafficking/index_en.htm
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