Completed Projects

Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM II)

Objective: The objective of the project was to ensure effective assistance and protection for trafficked persons, especially minors and victims of labour exploitation, by developing a reporting template for all participating countries to facilitate transnational communication on trafficking cases at the operational level.

Summary: The 18-month project "Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM-II)" started on 30 September 2010. It built upon the lessons learned from the "Programme to Support the Development of Transnational Referral Mechanisms (TRM) for Trafficked Persons in South-Eastern Europe" funded by USAID (20062009), and the project "Development of a Transnational Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking between Countries of Origin and Destination (TRM-EU)" funded by the European Commission (20082010). Involving countries from South-Eastern Europe, as well as key destination countries outside the region, the project focused on the further improvement of cooperation between countries of origin, destination and transit.

The Final Transnational Seminar of TRM-II, funded by USAID, was held on 2729 February in Bucharest, Romania. Over 100 representatives of governmental, non-governmental and international organisations active in the fight against trafficking in human beings gathered for the event. They discussed the key achievements of the six years of implementation of the TRM Project and pointed out the remaining challenges in the anti-trafficking efforts in the region and beyond. In addition, the new ICMPD project 'Capacity Building for Combating Trafficking for Labour Exploitation', funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was launched in the framework of the seminar. This project comes as a spin-off of the TRM-II project and aims to address outstanding gaps in the capacity of different national stakeholders to handle cases of trafficking for labour exploitation. The following presentations from the Final Seminar can be downloaded:

Overview of TRM: 5 Years of Transnational Cooperation Child Begging
A Human Rights-Based Approach and TRMs

Draft Assessment Report on Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in SEE

Cooperation and Coordination in Belgium Role of Inspection Services Cases

Trafficking in Pregnant Women for the Purpose of Selling Their Newborns
Seminar Conclusions      

Implementing Agency:

Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Duration: September 2010June 2012

Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia

Expert Support Facility FWC 2010, Lot 6 – Fight Against Trafficking on the Heroine Route

Objective: The project sought, with a clear regional/trans-regional dimension, to further reduce all forms of trafficking in human beings (THB). The specific objectives were to provide a basis to form a clear picture of the extent of the problem, what has been done, what should be done and what can be done, covering:

  • assessment of the situation on THB
  • ongoing initiatives in the fight against THB
  • results achieved so far
  • lessons learned so far
  • assessment of the existing gaps in the fight against THB.

The findings referred to above became the basis for an action fiche for the Annual Action Plan 2011 and for providing the technical elements for a pilot project.

Donor: European Union

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: November 2010May 2012

Countries: Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Turkey

Strengthening of Comprehensive Anti-trafficking Responses in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Objective: The 31-month project's main objectives were:

  • to support the development of the national institutional frameworks in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to address trafficking in human beings and their practical implementation, including victim-centred research and a National Action Plan evaluation and monitoring mechanisms
  • to support the prevention of trafficking in human beings through labour market interventions and addressing potential migrants
  • to assist the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to detect, investigate and prosecute criminal activities pertinent to trafficking in human beings andto improve identification, referral, protection and assistance including reintegration of victims.

Summary: The main project activities included the evaluation of the current National Action Plans, the creation of a system to collect and monitor trafficking-related data, the development and improvement of national referral mechanisms, awareness raising and training for various target groups, including prospective migrants, representatives from NGOs, employment agencies and law enforcement.

Implementing Agency: International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Partners: ICMPD, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Donor: European Union

Duration: May 2009December 2011

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Training to Enhance Lebanese Anti-trafficking Effort (TELAE): Identification, Referral and Policy Responses

Objective: The 12-month project "Training to Enhance Lebanese Anti-trafficking Effort (TELAE): Identification, Referral and Policy Responses" constituted a 3-phase process aimed at training relevant anti-trafficking actors in Lebanon in the fields of victim identification and referral at the operational level and the development of a National Action Plan on trafficking in human beings at the policymaking level.

Summary: Following a comprehensive gaps and needs analysis, and the development of tailor-made training material, multi-agency training sessions were carried out for all institutions involved in the Lebanese National Steering Committee.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donor: United States Department of State

Duration: October 2010September 2011

Country: Lebanon

Promoting Transnational Partnerships: Preventing and Responding to Trafficking in Human Beings from Brazil to EU Member States

Objective: The objective of the project was to make a comprehensive contribution to counter-trafficking in human beings efforts by reducing the incidence of trafficking in human beings from Brazil to EU Member States, particularly Portugal and Italy, in the medium to long term. In particular, the project sought to contribute to the prevention of transnational trafficking in human beings on Brazilian territory, to build up the capacities of the Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian consular staff in Portugal and Italy to understand THB as a complex crime, and to strengthen the international co-operation between Brazil and the EU countries of destination.

Summary: ICMPD worked in close co-operation with the Brazilian National Secretary of Justice and the Brazilian Federal Police. The project ran for a total of 25 months.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners: Portuguese Immigration and Border Service, Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality and Associazione On the Road (Italian NGO)

Donors: European Union, Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF) and Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (Comissão para a Cidadania e Igualdade de Género – CIG

Duration: April 2009May 2011

Countries: Brazil, Italy and Portugal

AGIRE: Austria, Greece, Italy and Romania

Objective: The objective of the project was to build stronger private-public partnerships in the field of identification and to support child victims who are at risk of being trafficked in Europe. Building on accumulated experience and updated research, the project aimed to increase transnational expertise in the field of identification and in supporting children victims or potential victims of trafficking.

Summary: In particular, the project focused on those exploited in begging, illegal activities and forced labour and those recruited through the means of new information technologies, ensuring that a child-rights based approach is applied. The project also contributed to the development of transnational and national co-operative modes between private and public actors in this field, enhancing prevention and children's protection. More information about the project, including the information material produced, can be found here.

Implementing Agency: Save the Children Italia (SCI)

Partners: ICMPD, universities, IGOs, NGOs and law enforcement agencies based in Austria, Greece, Italy and Romania

Donor: European Union

Duration: December 2007December 2010

Countries: Austria, Greece, Italy and Romania