20 Years After: Implementing and Going Beyond the Palermo Protocol

Two Webinars on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

This year, 2020, marks the 20th anniversary of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol). Despite the adoption of the Protocol, human trafficking remains a widespread human rights violation of a massive dimension, involving more than 20 million people worldwide, of which only a few hundreds are recognised as victims and supported in their process of social inclusion. The persistence of this violation reveals the existence of shortcomings and inconsistencies in the international legal framework and that a human rights-based approach to trafficking is not yet fully promoted.

As a last event before the end of her tenure, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, convened two webinars with prominent experts to discuss the failures and success of the main anti trafficking instrument and the new path towards a truly human rights centred approach.

The first webinar, organized in cooperation with the civil society organization On the Road, took place on 29-30 June 2020 and targeted a European and American audience. View the concept note and agenda with all speakers.

The second webinar, organized in cooperation with the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW), took place on 13-14 July 2020 and brought together experts from civil society and academia from Africa and Asia. View the concept note and agenda with all speakers.

At the end of the two webinars, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons drafted a manifest based on the discussion held with the speakers and listed 12 recommendations to support States in better implementing a human rights based approach. The manifest has been endorsed by various organizations involved in the anti-trafficking action.