UNODC and IOM emphasised the need for a multidimensional, coordinated approach on trafficking in persons including the prevention and victim support services as one of the most exigent issues in human trafficking, at a workshop that took place in Tirana, Albania during 14 to16 December 2011.
The event brought together the Albanian consular officials and liaison officers accredited in the neighboring and EU countries as well as foreign consular officials accredited in Albania. The workshop was designed to support the professional development and services of the diplomatic professionals and liaison officers by enhancing their understanding on human trafficking and migration issues in the context of visa liberalization, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to discuss the new possible trends in human trafficking and smuggling of migrants and the improvement of cooperation and exchange of between origin, transit and destination countries.
Speakers at the workshop shared information on the national legal framework against human trafficking, new trends, regional cooperation, the role of the liaison officers, international instruments in the fight against human trafficking, Standard Operating Procedures on the Identification of Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking. Speakers also touched on regular migration and Diaspora issues and on the issue of civil registration of the citizens working and living abroad in a brainstorming session.
The workshop provided a platform for best practices and knowledge with a view to improving the consular services for the Albanian citizens abroad and actions to combat human trafficking.
The workshop was organized with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania and of the Office of the National Coordinator on Anti- Human Trafficking Issues.
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