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Expert meeting “Trafficking in human beings: impact on the victim”

17 October 2014

On October the 9th and 10th in Jahorina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, experts in issues related to human trafficking came together for the meeting “Trafficking in human beings: impact on the victim”. The meeting took place in the framework of the project “Promoting a Victim-Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina”.

The expert meeting was held with the aim of improving the status and treatment of victims of trafficking in human beings. Several Dutch experts were invited for the meeting, all with long-term experience in combatting human trafficking. Besides this, representatives of judicial academies in Bosnia-Herzegovina attended the expert meeting, as well as judges and public prosecutors. The quality of the existing cooperation between institutions and victims of human trafficking was discussed, and plans were made to improve this relationship. After the meeting, participants expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the meeting and discussions, and agreed on further cooperation.

On paper, legislation on human trafficking in Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina is largely in place, but in practice, the safety and protection of privacy of victims and witnesses is far from guaranteed. The main goal of this project is to support judges, prosecutors and judicial academies in making sure the rights of victims are guaranteed during judicial procedures. At the same time the project will strengthen the monitoring function of civil society.

You can read more about the project here.