CEPOL train Law Enforcement Officials for the protection of Trafficking in Human Beings Victims

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20 November 2019
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Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)

CEPOL Course 08/2019 on ‘’Protection of THB Victims’’ took place in Heraklion, Crete, Greece from 04 to 08 November 2019.This training was organised for the first time to the CEPOL network members. The overall aim of the training was to enhance the use of victim protection structures in Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) cases and to reinforce the prevention and the early detection of THB cases through the better understanding of crime patterns.

The activity was implemented by the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) in cooperation with the Hellenic Police Forces, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Office of the Hellenic Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, the Hellenic Center of Social Solidarity, the International organisation of Migration (IOM) – Office of Athens and the private sector.

There were 25 participants from 18 Member States and FRONTEX.

The experts highlighted the role of CEPOL’s LMS and of the trainers in preparing and implementing CEPOL activities. Participants had the chance to discuss about the protection of THB victims in their countries and to identify best practices from the different approaches of each country.

The Activity Manager stated that

‘’The overarching objective of this training is to put the victims and their protection in the center of the investigations and at the further evidence gathering of THB cases’’.

CEPOL Course 8/2019

The following main topics were discussed during the course:

  • Approaching THB - Legal Definition - Conceptual Definition - Constituent Elements - Stages – Forms
  • Understanding traffickers’ modus operandi
  • Victims hesitation to talk to the Authorities
  • The victim-centered approach interview and the need of further evidences on investigating THB/cases
  • Psycho-trauma and protection of vulnerable groups and victims of child trafficking
  • EU policy for the protection of THB victims
  • EU legal toolkit for protecting the rights of THB victims
  • Proactive Investigation - Multidisciplinary Approach – Prosecution
  • Intelligence analysis and other good practices for evidence gathering in the context of a THB case
  • EMPACT THB project
  • Five aspects of the protection of THB victims
  • National referral mechanisms
  • Good practices of cooperation and coordination among key players for the protection and compensation of THB victims
  • EU perspectives for cooperation with third countries concerning the returned THB victims

CEPOL Course 8/2019

Participants’ expressed their views on the the course:

‘’ Excellent organisation of the Course. Overall the course was better than we expected’’.


‘’ Lot of participation, interaction, very good way to lead a class’’.


‘’ I got a lot new knowledge. Overall, the course increased my awareness A LOT. Networking was also really useful’’.


‘’ Combination of more points of views’’.

KEMEA is supervised by the Minister of Citizen Protection of the Hellenic Republic and it is a scientific, consulting and research agency, whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to perform studies, particularly at the strategic level, on security policies.

KEMEA as CEPOL framework partner from 2016 will continue to provide high quality standards training activities for the Law Enforcement Officials.

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