Smuggling and trafficking of migrants

Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims

Vienna International Centre, Plenary Room, Vienna, 4-5 September 2017

Background documents

Side events

 

Organization of work

Day 1: Monday, 4 September 2017
Time Session
10:00 - 10:15

Opening segment

Welcoming remarks by the co-facilitators

10:15 - 13:00

PANEL 1: Smuggling of migrants 

This panel will examine actions taken and gaps in responses to the smuggling of migrants. Panelists will discuss: implementation of the definition of smuggling of migrants and the related obligations and commitments at international law; the range of stakeholders involved in investigating and prosecuting criminal actors, preventing smuggling of migrants and assisting and protecting smuggled migrants; national and cross-border coordination and cooperation, including between State and non-State actors; the challenges and opportunities of a framework seeking to both combat the smuggling of migrants and protect the rights of smuggled migrants; and the preventive impact of measures such as the availability of pathways for regular migration, or coordinated cross-border action against transnational smuggling networks.

  • Ms. Gabriella E. Sanchez, Senior Research Fellow, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute
  • Mr. Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Mr. Jorgen Carling, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Ambassador of Argentina to Austria and Permanent Representative to International Organisations in Vienna

13:00 - 15:00  Lunch / Space for side-events
15:00 - 18:00

PANEL 2: Trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery

This panel will explore the crime of human trafficking including for sexual exploitation, forced labor, servitude and slavery, and related exploitative practices. This panel will examine actions taken and gaps in responses to trafficking in persons. Panelists will discuss: implementation of the definition of trafficking in persons and the related obligations and commitments at international law; the range of stakeholders involved in investigating and prosecuting criminal actors, preventing trafficking in persons and protecting its victims; national and crossborder coordination and cooperation, including between State and non-State actors; the challenges and opportunities of a framework seeking to both combat trafficking in persons and protect the rights of trafficking victims; and the preventive impact of measures such as risk assessment of re-victimization or retrafficking in developing counter-trafficking responses, or initiatives to address exploitative labor practices within supply chains, or consumer-based action against products or services resulting from trafficked labor.

Moderators: H.E. Ms. Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Director General for Legal and Consular Affairs at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, and H.E. Mr. Andrew Goledzinowski, Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking for Australia

Day 2: Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Time Session
10:00- 13:00

PANEL 3: Appropriate identification, protection, and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims

This panel will examine concrete measures undertaken to enhance protection and assistance of trafficking victims and smuggled migrants, as migrants in vulnerable situations. The panel would focus in particular on issues of (a) identification and referral, such as ensuring an adequate capacity amongst all relevant actors and the availability of information and related resources to migrants regarding rights, access and the extent of various forms of assistance and support; (b) protection, such as ensuring the non-criminalisation of trafficked persons and smuggled migrants, or that specialised responses are linked with a broader protection framework including child protection and asylum procedures, and (c) assistance, including that access to support measures is not made conditional upon cooperation with State criminal justice authorities. The panel will provide examples of tools, highlight specific forms of protection and assistance and the roles of various actors.

  • Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Judge and Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
  • Ms. Bandana Pattanaik, International Coordinator, Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW)
  • Ms. Hassiba Hadj Sabraoui, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Moderators: H.E. Mr. Leigh Turner, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Vienna, and H.E. Ms. Stefanie Amadeo, Deputy Representative to ECOSOC, United States Mission to the United Nations

13:00 - 15:00 Side-event: Harnessing the data revolution to combat human trafficking and deepen understanding of migrants in vulnerable situations Room M2, 13:15 to 14:45
15:00 - 17:50

SUMMARY PANEL: Synopsis of the main conclusions and outcomes

  • Moderators present the key recommendations resulting from their panels
  • Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, thematic expert provides a short overview of the main discussions and the interlinkages between the panels
  •  Interactive exchange between the moderators, the thematic expert and Member States on the outcomes of the session
17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks by the Co-facilitators

Statements from the floor

Member States

Afghanistan (panel 1) EU Spain (panel 2)
Belarus (panel 1) Finland Thailand (panel 1)
Belarus (panel 2) Germany (panel 1) Thailand (panel 2)
Belarus (panel 3) Germany (panel 2) Thailand (panel 3)
Brazil (panel 1) Germany (panel 3) UAE
Brazil (panel 2) Greece (panel 2) Vietnam
Brazil (panel 3) Malta (panel 1) Zambia
Cuba (panel 1) Niger  

Stakeholders

ACT Alliance Churches witnessing with migrants (CWWM) Open Society UK
Amis des Etrangers au Togo Focus on Labour Exploitation Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
Association Miraisme International Foundation for Women Secours Catholique - Caritas France (English)
Caritas Internationalis et Anglican Alliance IFRC Secours Catholique - Caritas France pour Caritas Internationalis
Casa Generalizia Della Societa del Sacro Cuore ILO (panel 2) Tharuni
CCRM-INSAN (panel 3) IMO UNFPA
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Kikandwa Environmental Association in Uganda UNHCR (panel 3)

Other inputs

Cuba Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women Republic of Korea
Flex Leag Intacom Africa University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
Germany NGO Committee on Migration