Two-days training session on anti-trafficking policy planning and inter-institutional cooperation held in Moldova, Chisinau
Implementing the joint project by Lithuania, Latvia and Moldova "Enhancing Moldovan capacities in fighting against trafficking in human beings" (ICMPD/2018/MPF-240-003) project action “Exchange of experiences and best practices related to anti-trafficking inter-institutional cooperation and policy planning and discussions on way forward” was held on 4 – 5 June, 2018 in Chisinau at premises of General Police Inspectorate gathering representatives from various State institutions, law enforcement agencies and NGOs dealing with anti-trafficking issues in Moldova.
Project activity "Assessment/review of current anti-trafficking national institutional framework and policy planning"
Implementing the joint project by Lithuania, Latvia and Moldova "Enhancing Moldovan capacities in fighting against trafficking in human beings" (ICMPD/2018/MPF-240-003) project action on assessment of current anti-trafficking national institutional framework and policy planning in Moldova took place in Chisinau, Moldova from April 23 - 27, 2018.
The Kick-off meeting on the action „Enhancing Moldovan Capacities in Fighting against Trafficking in Human Beings“ (grant agreement No ICMPD/2018/MPF-240-003) was held in Chisinau, Moldova on 23 March 2018.
The Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings of the Council of the Baltic Sea States marking its 10th anniversary has initiated a campaign to raise awareness "Human trafficking - a crime that is all of our responsibility". Together with the Swedish artist Lovisa Burfitt and a production team in Estonia, t-shirt with an ethical supply chain was designed. Join us by wearing this design and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #traffickingsucks.
Sabīne Košeļeva, www.apollo.lv
Digging deeper into the subject on the new phenomenon, which is still hard to identify and combat, exploitative sham marriages, Apollo portal talked to a manager of the HESTIA* Project and National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Ms Lāsma Stabiņa. We sought answers to who are organising this business, how do they work, and why?
Sabīne Košeļeva, www.apollo.lv
A large-scale international project implemented under the management of the Ministry of the Interior “Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution” (HESTIA)* is going to be accomplished by the end of December, launched in January 2015 with the key purpose to explore the links and analyse the phenomenon of sham marriages within the context of human trafficking, and to initiate a comprehensive action plan for their prevention. A manager of the HESTIA Project and National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Ms Lāsma Stabiņa, in an interview with Apollo, presented the outcomes of the study conducted within the scope of the project, and key trends to pay attention to, in order to, if not eliminate this increasingly expanding issue, but at least to know how to identify it and prevent it from spreading further.
On 5 December 2016 the meeting of the Informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms (NREMs) co-chaired by the Slovak Presidency of the EU and the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator (European Commission) took place in Brussels, Belgium.
On 14 – 15 November, 2016 Riga hosted an international conference “Exploitative Sham Marriages: Exploring the Links between Trafficking in Human Beings and Sham Marriages” where findings and best practise acquired during the implementation of the HESTIA Project “Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution” were presented and shared. In total 60 experts representing various professional anti-trafficking areas from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, the Slovak Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Norway and the Council of the Baltic Sea States participated.
The Study Defines a New Concept of "Exploitative Sham Marriages" and Proposes Recommendations for their Reduction
Today, the results of the project "Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution" (HESTIA)* were presented at the dissemination briefing organised by the Ministry of the Interior (MoI). The main goal of the project initiated in January 2015 and co-funded by the European Union (EU) "Prevention of and Fight Against Crime" programme was to seek correlations and explore the phenomenon of sham marriages in the context of human trafficking and to propose comprehensive action for their prevention.
Ieva Cielava, 5 July 2016, www.irir.lv
How Latvia fights human trafficking, an interview with Lāsma Stabiņa, Representative of the Ministry of the Interior.
"We can do a lot," says Lāsma Stabiņa, Senior Desk Officer of the Ministry of the Interior, about the started fight against human trafficking. She has been actively involved in both policy planning and the coordination of implementation of the approved policy since 2010, and now she is also a Latvian national coordinator of anti-trafficking issues.