On 19 March the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the CBSS Expert Group on Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC) and the CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) organised a joint conference focusing on How to Enhance Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in The Baltic Sea Region.
The one-day conference looked into existing cooperation models and how to best ensure adequate assistance to women and men, girls and boys in the Baltic Sea Region. The event, in addition to Cooperation Models, specifically addressed Victim Assistance and Safe Housing Repatriation and Reintegration of victims. It attracted around 100 participants from the Baltic Sea Region who work with these issues at operative as well as strategic level such as NGOs, National Coordinators and Rapporteurs, Law Enforcement, Social Services and International organisations.
The conference was held at the Passitorni Venue in Helsinki and included panel discussions as well as brief sessions with group discussions. The conference was opened by Päivi Nerg, the Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Interior followed by Key Note Speeches from Eva Biaudet, Ombudsman for Minorities and National Rapporteur of Trafficking in Human Beings, Finland as well as the EU Coordinator against Human Trafficking Myria Vassiliadou.
See the full agenda here.