The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

 

The OSCE has played an active role in combating trafficking in human beings since the 1990s. Its work is based on a comprehensive, human rights-based approach that includes prevention, prosecution, and protection of victims, as well as partnership with international and national stakeholders.

 

The organization works closely with its 56 participating States and 12 Partners for Co-operation to ensure the implementation of the OSCE's anti-trafficking commitments in countries of origin, transit and destination, and raise the political profile of combating all forms of trafficking in human beings at the highest political level.

 

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The Alliance against Trafficking in Persons is a broad international forum set up by the OSCE to develop effective joint strategies, combine efforts of relevant stakeholders in setting a common agenda, and to provide the OSCE participating States, and other partners, with common approaches and decision-making aids.

 

Partners in the Alliance include major inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations having an excellent track record of anti-trafficking policies and actions. They contribute expertise and specialized knowledge to develop effective anti-trafficking legal, social and economic, as well as human rights strategies which enrich the vision and increase the capacity of the OSCE participating States.

 

The high-level conferences, workshops and expert meetings held annually since 2004 under the auspices of the Alliance, have addressed a broad range of THB-related issues, such as child trafficking, trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation in various sectors, including agriculture and domestic servitude, prevention strategies, and many others.

 

The Alliance Expert Co-ordination Team was created as an advocacy tool. In 2005 it provided concrete recommendations prior to the elaboration of the EU Plan on Best Practices, Standards and Procedures for Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings. In October 2010 it also issued a Joint Statement on Child Protection, Especially among Migrant, Undocumented, Unaccompanied, Separated and Asylum Seeking Children, to enhance Prevention of Child Trafficking, and continues to work jointly on the most challenging topics.