The Seminar “Countering Trafficking in Human Beings, Protecting Victims and Enhancing Financial Investigations” was the final event of a series of seminars promoted by ERA – the Academy of European Law – on trafficking of human beings. This seminar took place in Trier, Germany, on the 13th and 14th of December.
APAV participated in this seminar as an invited speaker. João Lázaro, President of APAV and President of Victim Support Europe, presented a communication on the subject: Providing better access and realise the rights of victims of Trafficking of Human Beings: An analysis of the EU Victim's Rights Package and the way forward to ensure that victims are identified and treated as “rights holders".
Victim Support Europe (VSE) in collaboration with the European Public Law Organisation, the European Anti-Violence Network, the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Smile of the Child and Panteion University are holding a multi-stakeholder meeting exploring how the State and NGOs can work together to improve the situation of victims of crime in Greece.
In 2012, Greece along with 26 other Member States of the European Union supported the adoption of a new Directive on minimum standards for Victims of Crime. That Directive came into force in 2015. Taking that Directive into account, in Greece today, victims of crime should have access to support anywhere in the country, they should be provided with adequate information on reporting a crime and about proceedings, and they should be properly protected from further victimisation and secondary victimisation.
Recognising both the urgency for action and the value in co-operation, the participants use this meeting to explore the key priorities for victims in Greece. What are the main challenges, what practices are working already and what could be introduced in the future? The main goal is to strengthen the networks and establish new commitments to work together to improve the lives of victims.
APAV participates in this meeting, represented by João Lázaro, President of APAV who is also President of the VSE.
Victim Support Europe will hold a conference on the subject of "Online Victimisation: Developing a Comprehensive Response". The conference will take place at the Representation of Free State of Bavaria to the EU, in Brussels, on the December 12th.
The conference will bring together VSE member representatives and other EU officials to discuss a holistic approach to supporting victims of cybercrime. Much of the focus and prioritisation of work in the field has been on law enforcement, removal of images etc., without sufficient attention to supporting people who have been victimised.
At the same time, awareness raising and prevention need to be an integral part of any support service working on cybercrime. The conference will therefore explore these two different aspects of support, how they are best delivered and how this is achieved with victims from different areas such as fraud, bullying, non-consensual sexual image sharing, stalking etc.
It was held on September the 26 the Hate No More Conference, at Campus da Justiça, in Lisbon, an event in which culminated the work of the project Hate No More: Support to Victims of Hate Crime. The Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) notes, with great pleasure, the extremely positive reaction of all partner entities during this day.
APAV thanks all partners who have made it possible to hold this conference. To national partners - Policia Judiciária, Procuradoria-Geral da República e Comissão para a Cidadania e Igualdade de Género - as well as international partners - Faith Matters (United Kingdom), Solidarcy (Italy), Victim Support Malta (Malta), Swedish Crime Victim Support (Sweden), Victim Support Austria (Austria); Spanish Confederation of Police (Spain) and Victim Support Europe -, APAV appreciates the collaboration and dedication to this project.
APAV also thanks the support given by various national and international entities, notably the Direção-Geral da Política de Justiça (DGPJ), Direção-Geral da Administração da Justiça, Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado (IRN), Instituto de Gestão Financeira e Equipamentos da Justiça (IGFEJ) and the British Embassy Lisbon.
APAV also thanks, especially, to all the speakers who have agreed to participate in this event, as well as to all the volunteers present, who every day allow APAV to carry out its mission successfully.