Poland: Identification of victims of trafficking in human beings as a basis for getting support by the injured person
A nationwide project entitled. “Identification of victims of trafficking in human beings as a basis for getting support by the injured person” is an intervention, preceded by an analysis of documents, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the police in identifying the victims of this crime. The project is dedicated to two target groups:
- criminal and preventive service officers involved in coordinating the prevention and combating of trafficking in human beings at regional and local level;
- persons aged 16-45 who are leaving or intending to go to work abroad, including, in particular, students of the last classes of vocational/technical/medium schools, university students, economically disadvantaged people and the unemployed.
The whole project is based on a significant evidence base, including evaluation of international and national documents, analysis of ongoing cases and discussions with national experts in the field of trafficking in human beings (scientists, police officers, representatives of foundations).
The programme included:
- development of educational materials, including a handbook on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings (in an electronic version), dedicated to police officers and an information and educational brochure on the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings and the rights of victims of this crime, prepared for the purpose of distribution by police during meetings with the public, preventive actions or in cooperation with government institutions, local government units or non-governmental organisations;
- 21 editions of two-day specialist training for 756 officers/employees of the criminal service and the police’s preventive service, dealing with the coordination of prevention and combating crime of trafficking in human beings at regional and local level;
- development of a spot on the prevention of trafficking in human beings and its broadcast on websites, in cinema halls before film screenings, on national television, as well as on the websites and social media of the organisational units of the Police and partners of the Police - public offices, non-governmental institutions, partners of activities, etc.
- international events – study visits to Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania and Italy and an international conference in the area of human trafficking.
All these activities focused on systematising specialist knowledge in the Police on trafficking in human beings, training coordinators in a uniform manner throughout the country, giving the target group 16-45 years of impulse to awaken awareness of threats by modern slavery.
The project uses modern, workshop methods and offers methods of practical cooperation between law enforcement agencies, NGOs and the academic community in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, especially labour exploitation.
Start date of the intervention: 5/10/2021, still running