Dear Colleagues, Friends and Partners of the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking.

In view of this year’s 20th Anniversary of the unveiling of the UN Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, it is our great pleasure to invite you to join our Expert Talk on Human Trafficking: ‘Is there a Chance to Win the Battle?‘  

which is accessible – due to the current pandemic restrictions – solely via live-stream under the following link:


on 20 November 2020 (15:00-17:00)

taking place at the Austrian Chamber of Labour in Vienna:


Anneliese Rohrer, Journalist, former Editor-in-Chief of ‘die Presse’, Co-Producer of the Film ‘Fatal Promises‘ 2009

Kristiina Kangaspunta, UNODC, Head of Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, former Deputy Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute UNICRI

Evelyn Probst, Board Member of the NGO Network ‘La Strada International’,Coordinator of LEFÖ-Intervention Centre for Trafficked Women and Girls (IBF), Austria

Peter v. Bethlenfalvy, Executive Director, CEIPA Center for European and International Policy Action, Belgium, former Chief of IOM Missions in Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Vienna



 Stefano Volpicelli, Sociologist, Independent Expert and Consultant, Italy

– Kiril SharapovResearcher, Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

– Eva Dimovne-Keresztes, Policy Officer in the Anti-trafficking Team of the European Commission


You can find the Expert Talk on Human Trafficking at our website under the following link:

Please feel free to share the information and the link with interested friends and colleagues.

With best regards


Helga Konrad & Team

Head/Coordinator of the Regional Implementation Initiative

on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking

(IDM Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe)




Due to the fact that the pandemic is currently getting worse and travel and/or other restrictions have been tightened in many partner countries of the ‘Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking‘,  where most of the panelists/speakers come from, we are unfortunately compelled to postpone our Think-tank event, the International Expert Round Table on ‚Making Identification and Justice Safe and Accessible for Victims in Digital Times‘, originally planned for 20 November 2020 as event with face-to-face participation, to a later date – tentatively scheduled towards the end of March 2021.

At our annual International Expert Round Tables we assemble longstanding renowned experts, researchers, decision-makers, stakeholders and civil society from various countries, organisations and agencies with the aim to encourage and promote qualitative fact-based dialogue to find the best ways and sustainable solutions in preventing and combating all forms of human trafficking, as well as to restore and enhance regional, European and international cooperation. In this regard the format of an event with physical presence of the participants has proven to be more suitable than ‘zoom‘ or other purely online presentations and/or lectures.

Our thanks for the understanding go to all those who have already registered for this Round Table – and also to the speakers and panelists, who will remain available despite the postponement. Meanwhile we would like to draw your attention to the PlatformNET under the link:, where experts from various disciplines address important aspects in preventing and combating human trafficking.

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