UN.GIFT – Expert Group Initiative on Stakeholder Cooperation with Law Enforcement

Duration: 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2009

IOM Vienna implemented an Expert Group Initiative (EGI) on cooperation between law enforcement institutions and stakeholders to effectively combat trafficking in human beings in the framework of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), of which  IOM is a Steering Committee member.

The overall objective of the project was to encourage cooperation between law enforcement institutions and a range of key stakeholders by establishing best practice models for each identified stakeholder.

The outcome of the EGI was the development of a manual on "Guiding Principles on Memoranda of Understanding between Key Stakeholders and Law Enforcement Agencies on Counter-Trafficking Cooperation". In order to ensure a multidisciplinary approach, a Working-Level Expert Group was established. It consisted of national and international trafficking in human beings experts from the law enforcement sector, NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations, research institutes as well as labour inspectorates. The group provided advices to the consultant-author throughout the process along with guidance on peer reviewers to comment on the guidelines to ensure optimal technical quality.

The "Guiding Principles on Memoranda of Understanding between Key Stakeholders and Law Enforcement Agencies on Counter-Trafficking Cooperation" was presented and disseminated at a Final Conference on 30 March in Vienna, Austria.

For further information as regards the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, please see the UN.GIFT website.