EMN Ireland Conference: Challenges and Responses to Identifying Victims of Trafficking

18 Oct 2013

EMN Ireland Conference on Challenges and Responses to Identifying Victims of Trafficking

Date: 29 November 2013

Time: 09:30 – 16:00

Venue:  Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin 2

This Conference will provide an overview of recent developments regarding identification of victims of trafficking at National, European and International level, particularly within the international protection and forced return procedures. This conference will also discuss Member States responses to challenges surrounding identification.

Conference Programme:

09:30  Refreshments / Registration

Welcome / Introduction

Alan Barrett, EMN Ireland  / Economic and Social Research Institute


Session I: Identification within the International Protection and Forced Return Procedures

Chair:  Hilkka Becker, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Member of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal

The Identification of Victims of Trafficking in the Asylum System: Fadela Novak Irons, UNHCR Bureau for Europe (Download Presentation)

The Role and Activities of EASO with Regard to Trafficking in Human Beings: Maria Kovalakova, European Asylum Support Office (Download Presentation)

Q&A Discussion

11:10  Coffee

Chair:  David Gilbride, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Department of Justice and Equality

The Role of Border Guards in the Identification of Victims of Trafficking: Duco van Heel, Frontex (Download Presentation)

Detecting, Identifying and Referring Victims: Good Practices and Lessons to be Learnt from Member States: Laura Robson, EMN Service Provider, ICF GHK-COWI (Download Presentation)

Q&A Discussion

12:40   Lunch

Session II: Member State Responses to Challenges Surrounding Identification

Chair:  Frances Ruane, Economic and Social Research Institute

Ireland, GRETA and Evolving Human Rights Standards on Human Trafficking: Siobhán Mullally, University College Cork and Member of GRETA, Council of Europe (Download Presentation)

Five Years on: Challenges and Opportunities in the Identification of Victims of Trafficking for Forced Labour: Gráinne O’Toole, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (Download Presentation)

Q&A Discussion

14:40  Coffee

Chair:  Corona Joyce, EMN Ireland / Economic and Social Research Institute

Progress Through Partnership: the Response in Northern Ireland: Julie Wilson, Department of Justice, Northern Ireland / Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall, Police Service of Northern Ireland (Download Department of Justice Presentation, Download PSNI Presentation)

Identification of Potential Victims: The Role of Immigration Services. A Dutch Perspective: Richard Sondeijker, IND Group on Human Trafficking and Smuggling, Directorate of Strategy and Advice, The Netherlands (Download Presentation)

Q&A Discussion

16:00  Close

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The Conference will take place in the Alexander Hotel which is located off Merrion Square on the corner of Fenian Street.

How to find the Alexander Hotel. 

How to get there:

By Train/Dart: Pearse Street dart/train station is a 2 minute walk from the Alexander Hotel.
By Bus: the following routes service Merrion Square: 4, 7 as well as 25, 66, 67 from the city centre.
By Luas: A 10-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Green.