10th European Union Anti-Trafficking Day. Access to justice for all.

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Access to justice for all those who are victims of trafficking in human beings must be a priority of the Member States of the European Union.

1. EU POLICY

On the 10th october 2016, the European Commission reports on Member States measures to combat trafficking in human beings

The European Commission has adopted today two Reports on the prevention and combating of trafficking in human beings and the protection of victims of trafficking. This Report responds to the requirements of Article 23 of the Directive and aims to effectively promote the objectives of the Directive.

10th October 2016 : 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day – European Commission calls for intensified efforts to address new challenges

The European Commission marks the 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day today urging a reinvigoration of joint efforts across the Union to eradicate trafficking in human beings. On the occasion of the 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission is presenting a comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the Commission between 2004 and 2015, while public authorities, civil society and citizens organise and participate in events all across Europe to mobilize social awareness.

First Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings

First Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings (2016) as required under Article 20 of Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.

This is the first Commission report on trafficking in human beings since the adoption of the anti-trafficking Directive.

Comprehensive Policy Review of Anti-Trafficking Projects

The Comprehensive Policy Review of Anti-Trafficking Projects, a study completed as a deliverable of the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016).

The Study examined how the projects contributed to the work against trafficking in human beings at the EU level and more precisely to the priorities of the Commission in this area, projects contributed to the work against trafficking in human beings at the EU level and more precisely to the priorities of the Commission in this area.

Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be “taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof”, as required in Article 1 of the European Union Directive – EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final – towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.

3. LEGISLATION AND CASE LAW

Directive 2011/36/EU

The European Commission welcomed the publication on 5 April 2011 of the EU directive 2011/36/EU on prevention and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 101, 1 15.4.2011). The adoption followed a Commission Directive proposal, with binding legislation to prevent trafficking, to effectively prosecute criminals, and to better protect the victims, in line with the highest European standards.