Second Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Partnerships with National Rapporteurs on Trafficking in Persons and Equivalent Mechanisms (21-22 May 2014)
On the occasion of the ten years anniversary of the mandate, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, in partnership with OHCHR and UNODC, convened the Second Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Partnerships with National Rapporteurs on Trafficking in Persons and Equivalent Mechanisms on 21 and 22 May 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.
This consultative meeting brought together for the second time, national anti-trafficking bodies from 26 countries. Experts from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East shared their national, bilateral, sub-regional and regional experiences in prevention efforts, protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking, including the setting up of institutional and legislative framework established for these purposes at municipal level.
The meeting provided a forum 1) to deepen discussion on the importance/ benefits of establishing and implementing the mandate of National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms; 2) to promote exchange of information on current trends, good practices and lessons learnt from the activities of various national rapporteurs and equivalent mechanisms carrying out similar functions, including national coordinating mechanisms and ; 3) to develop and enhance networking between national rapporteurs and equivalent mechanisms across countries and regions.
The first consultative meeting convened by the Special Rapporteur took place on 23 and 24 May 2013 in Berlin. It aimed at discussing ways to strengthen partnerships with and among National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms (NREMs) on trafficking in person. The discussion revolved around the main function of NREMs including: data collection and analysis, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the impact of anti-trafficking policies, but also fostering partnership and coordination at national, regional and international levels. The participants valued this meeting as a good platform for discussing common issues, exchanging good practices and establishing contacts and expressed the wish that it be continued in another region if possible.
- Ms. Merav Shmueli, Acting Government Coordinator of the Battle against Trafficking in Persons in the Ministry of Justice, Israel
- Ms. Fernanda dos Anjos, Coordinator ,National Committee for combatting Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Justice , Brazil
- Mr. Shree Ram Adhikari, in-charge, International Desk , National Human Rights Commission, Nepal
- Mr. Godwin E. Morka, Assistant Director Research and Programme Development, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, Nigeria
- Mr. Khamis Obaid Khamis Alkaabi – Ministry of Interior., member, National Committee to Combat human trafficking - UAE
- Mr. Benda Baguma; Coordinator, Counter Human Trafficking National Task Force, Uganda
- Mr. Dimitrijs Trofimovs, National Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Latvia
- Ms. Darlene R. Pajarito Inter-Agency, Assistant City Prosecutor Council against Trafficking, Philippines
- Mr. Garcia Robles Fernando ,Coordinator, Anti Trafficking in Persons, OAS
- Ms. Kanda Vajrabhaya, Thailand representative, Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- Ms. Annette Lyth, Regional Project Manager, United Nations Action for Cooperation against trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT)
- Ms. Venla Roth,Senior Adviser (Expert on anti-human trafficking issues), Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities, National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, Finland
- Ms. Lina Arbelaez, Minister advisor , Coordinator of Gender Equity Group, Inter institutional committee headed by Ministry of Interior (as secretary) Ministry of Labour, Colombia
- Mr. R. Hamid Patilima, Consultant for Government in Trafficking Issues and Child Protection, Anti-trafficking task force team coordinated by the Ministry for Women's Empowerment and Children's Protection., Indonesia
- Ms. Shaima Najem, Third Secretary at the International Organizations Directorate Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as chairs of the inter-ministerial national committee to combat trafficking in persons), Bahrain
- Mr Adrian Petrescu, National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, Romania
- Ms. Mercedes Pelaez Ferrusca, Director General for Human Rights, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico
- Ms. Praveen Kumari Singh, Director, Anti-trafficking cell, Ministry of Home Affairs, India
- Ms Syuhaida Abdul Wahab Zen Secretariat to the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants, International Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Malaysia.
- M. Abderrazzak Rouwane, Secretary General, Inter-Ministerial Commission to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Morocco
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