I do some volunteer work in the area of the trafficking in human beings (THB). As UNODC notes, this horrendous crime impacts millions of people globally, forcing them into exploitative situations ‘for the purpose of sexual exploitation… forced labour, domestic servitude, child begging or the removal of their organs.’

United Nations Vienna – January 2018

A panel at the ACUNS Vienna Conference looked at issues connected to women and war, including disarmament, refugee issues and human trafficking. Jean-Luc Lemahieu of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) joined this panel and gave an important talk on the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking which ‘works to raise awareness of the plight of victims and to build political support to fight the criminals behind trafficking.’

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Diplomatic Academy Vienna – September 2017

I moderated an event in September 2017: Preventing Human Trafficking through Air Transport Systems. Goals are to create a global network for the fight against human trafficking – and to foster partnership between government agencies, international organizations at the global and regional levels (including UNODC and the OSCE), the private sector, academia, and civil society.

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Diplomatic Academy Vienna – May 2017

I moderated an event in late May 2017: Modern Day Slavery Is the Human Rights Issue of Our Time – A Discourse about Social Innovations for Effective Crime Prevention in Human Trafficking. 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.

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.

Click here to download this resource handbook.

Research Paper

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.’