EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator
The position of EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator (EU ATC) was initially foreseen in the Stockholm Programme and elaborated in the EU Anti-trafficking Directive. The European Commission appointed an EU ATC, Dr. Myria Vassiliadou, who is responsible for improving coordination and coherence among EU institutions, EU agencies, Member States and international actors, and for developing existing and new EU policies to address THB. This includes monitoring the implementation of the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016 and the December 2017 Communication stepping up EU Action to address trafficking in human beings.
Dr Vassiliadou holds degrees in Sociology and Social Research and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Kent, UK. She has also held a Research Fellowship at the Solomon Asch Centre for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania. For over a decade, Dr. Vassiliadou worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nicosia. She also worked in the European Commission in the Directorate General for Research for three years monitoring research projects in the area of social sciences and humanities.
Dr. Vassiliadou has worked extensively in the area of fundamental rights as these relate to questions of trafficking in human beings, gender, migration, ethno-political conflict and the media. She has served as Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest network of women’s associations across the EU. She was a founding member of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies serving as its Director for seven years and further served as a member of various Advisory Boards, Expert Groups and acted as a consultant at the national and international level.
Dr. Vassiliadou has published in books and journals, conducted workshops and seminars, and has been actively involved in various think tanks, EU wide research projects and both national and international non-governmental organisations. She is trained as a counsellor on interpersonal violence against women and also as a facilitator and mediator on conflict transformation and negotiations.