The EU Group of Experts on trafficking in human beings was set up by the European Commission in 2003. The aim of the Group is to provide the European Commission with expertise and advice regarding the approach to be taken towards trafficking in human beings.
The Group has contributed substantially to the development of an active anti-trafficking policy over the years. In 2007, the scope of the Group was extended to adapt to new developments in the anti-trafficking field. This included changes deriving from EU enlargement and the need to ensure specific expertise in the field of trafficking for labour exploitation.
The Group of Experts 2011 - 2015
The Group of Experts 2011 - 2015 has been established in accordance with the Commission’s Decision of 10 August 2011.
The Group has been tasked:
- to advise the Commission on matters related to trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims by issuing written contributions, as appropriate and agreed with the Commission, and ensuring a coherent approach to the subject;
- to help the Commission to assess the evolution of policy in the field of trafficking in human beings at national, European and international levels;
- to assist the Commission in identifying and defining possible relevant measures and actions at national, European and international level across the range of the anti-trafficking policies;
- to provide a forum for discussion on matters related to trafficking in human beings and bring about exchanges of experience.
The Group of Experts 2011 - 2015 is composed of 15 members representing a wide range of expertise in all the aspects of anti-trafficking policies and also a balanced representation in terms of institutional background and geographic regions:
- Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Ireland
- Josie Christodoulou, Policy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus
- Ulrike Gatzke, Independent Expert, Board member of NGO KOOFRA, Germany
- Ann Hamilton, Independent consultant on human trafficking, United Kingdom
- Lars Lööf, Programme Officer, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy, Sweden
- Angelika Molnar, Project Manager , Focal Point Phoenix, Serious and Organised Crime Business Area, Serious and Organised Crime Business Area, Operations Department, Europol
- Adrian Petrescu, Head of monitoring, research and victims coordination unit, National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Romania
- Ryszard Piotrowicz, Professor of Law, Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth university, United Kingdom; and Member, Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
- Klara Skrivankova, Europe Programme and Advocacy Coordinator - Anti-Slavery International, Advisor to Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the Forced Labour Programme, Co-founder of the UK Trafficking Law and Policy Forum, United Kingdom
- Filippo Spiezia, National Antimafia Deputy Prosecutor, Responsible for International Cooperation Division D.N.A., National Correspondent of Eurojust and National Correspondent of EJN, Italy
- Irina Todorova, Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Belgium
- Roth Venla, Senior Officer, Anti-human trafficking expert at the Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities, Finland
- Viviana Waisman, Executive director and co-founder of NGO Women's Link Worldwide, Spain
- Marius Wanders, EU Representative & Executive Director of World Vision, Member of the Board and Treasurer of CONCORD Europe, Belgium
- Joana Daniel Wrabetz, Consultant/ Advisor, STOP Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women, India, Associated Expert, Observatory on Trafficking in Human Beings, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Portugal.
For more information: EU Registry of Experts Groups.