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Awareness-Raising of Judicial Authorities Concerning Trafficking in Human Beings. Handbook. Volume I

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Awareness-Raising of Judicial Authorities Concerning Trafficking in Human Beings. Handbook. Volume I
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
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Training Material/Resources,
Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands and Poland, 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,
This handbook is the result of the project ‘Awareness raising of judicial authorities concerning trafficking in human beings’. It is intended as a guide for judiciaries and public prosecutors when involved in a case against traffickers in human beings. Contents of this handbook focus on the practice of conducting prosecution cases. The volume I is composed of two parts, the first giving background information, examples, discussions and recommendations. The first chapter will give an overview of the legislation in the seven countries involved, compare the regulations on the provisions for trafficking in human beings (THB), the difference with smuggling and the part organised crime plays in the subject. The second chapter will deal with cooperation at both national and international level. The third chapter will make a comparison of the regulations concerning the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking, give information on the possibilities for assistance and illustrate the dilemmas around the role of the victim as a witness. In chapter four you will find background information concerning the motives underlying the behaviour of a victim of trafficking. Finally, chapter five is a plea for including the financial aspects in the assessment of THB cases. The second part is intended as a very practical hand-out for judicial authorities. You will find addresses and contact persons in the seven countries involved, of specialised police and prosecution departments, central offices dealing with requests for international cooperation and liaison officers. Addresses of shelters for victims of THB will give an idea of the possibility for assistance and contacts for information. Finally, the work of Eurojust will be described as a possible instrument for mutual legal assistance. Extensive background information on the subjects discussed in volume I can be found in the country reports and the analysis of the European Legal Framework, in volume II of this handbook. The full text of the reports can be found on A first training workshop was held on 28, 29 and 30 September 2005. You will find the programme of the training in Annex I, as an example for future workshops. Some of the lectures given during the workshop were added to the handbook. However, further outlines, cases and presentations are available at to be used as teachers’ material.
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