I do some volunteer work in the areas of displaced persons, human trafficking, and gender-based violence. Here is a sample…
Diplomatic Academy Event – Human Trafficking
I moderated an event at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in late May 2017. The international panelists presented ways to detect signs of human trafficking and discussed how to react appropriately to prevent serious crimes from happening within one’s sphere of influence. Here is an overview of the event and some ‘red flags’ regarding trafficking on flights.
I recently heard of an Austria-based initiative called Act.Now, which aims at finding creative and cooperative solutions to the refugee crisis. In January 2017, I was honored to attend a two-day event called “Children under the Radar” at which local decision-makers, experts, EU Parliamentarians and people with a refugee-experience background focused on the topic of displaced children.
Below is a link to the closing ceremony – the compassion and integrity of the initiative’s founders is absolutely clear. Check out the Act.Now web site to learn more about this interesting initiative.
FEMICIDE Resource Handbook
I support the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office in its efforts to combat all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls. In 2016, ACUNS organized two side events at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) that took place at the UN Headquarters in Vienna. The topic of the first side event was violence against girls fleeing armed conflict, natural disasters, and other humanitarian emergencies. The second side event dealt with the responses of criminal justice and law enforcement institutions in relation to violence against girls.
FEMICIDE Volume 6: Violence Against Girls contains the speeches delivered at these side events, at which high-ranking officials and experts on GBV presented comprehensive ways of reducing the risk of such violence, increasing the quality of protection for girl victims, and ending the impunity for perpetrators. It also includes the most recent and most effective prevention and mitigation strategies on gender-based violence against underage girls.
At the 2017 ACUNS-UN Vienna Conference – hosted by the UNODC – young academics from the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RA-UN) presented their research to a multidisciplinary forum. One of the presentations was an excellent analysis of how to support the children of migrants and refugees and who may be at risk of radicalization.
The young academics responsible for that research include: Cecilia Vera Lagomarsino, Victoria Steinek, Zita Bódi, and Alžbeta Mackova. Their Counsel was Dr. Lucia Mokra.
Click here to download a synopsis of the research results entitled ‘The Untapped Resource: The Role of the Criminal Justice System While Dealing with Children Who Sympathize with Terrorist Groups and/or Committed Terror-related Crimes. Prevention, Prosecution, and Return.’